Week 3 of the Digicel Premier League saw exciting games at the Ed Bush field, with none more fascinating than the showdown between the Island Heritage Predators and the Maples Dolphins.
Being the new team in the league, the Predators have generated a certain amount of buzz with a number of people interested in their progress. Island Heritage wasted no time in starting their feeding frenzy behind quarterbacks Jordan Stubblefield and Barrett Edri. Five touchdowns would be caught with extra points and a touchdown obtained from an interception running up the score with the result being a decisive 44-0 victory.
Maples, who started Fabio Gall in the QB spot, seemed to have a hard time generating a drive on offense and ended up handing over the controls to Kwei General. Despite his strength behind the ball, the Dolphins struggled. Next up for Maples is the KPMG Sharks, with both teams looking for their first win of the season.
The talk on the women’s side was the Caledonian Killa B’zzz managing to silence the Zulu Warriors with a 0-0 draw after overtime. The Warriors, who have seemed solid in their last two games, were definitely the favorites but QB Dionne Whittaker and the offense would struggle in the face of the Killa B’zzz rushers with B’zzz players such as Amaris Smith and Jamie Rodgers being the standouts. On defense, the Warriors seemed to keep the B’zzz within range as Tanjana Campbell and Sheyla Torres would lead the squad. The B’zzz now tackle the CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions, who are hungry for their first win.
Ties are a popular result in the women’s game as the Anytime Fitness Wolverines had a 12-12 stalemate with the Androgroup Killa-Panthers. Led by different QBs the last two weeks, the Wolverine offense would turn to Jahzenia Thomas – who completed 10 out of 13 passes. Thomas seemed comfortable in the QB role, with her quickness keeping the defense on its toes and mindful of her ability to run the ball. The game would go right down to the last minute as Killa-Panthers Becky Lucas and Jennifer Cotarelo would each catch a TD. Many Androgroup fans thought that they had the game in the bag, being up 12-0 until very late in the second half. The Wolverines would fight back to level the score within the final moments, with overtime producing no further points.
CrossFit would fall short against the Dominos Lynx, 2-0. While the Scorpions were led by the return of their main QB Jessica Pawlik, the Lynx were coming off of a win behind Anya Edun and were hungry to continue their form. Defensively, the Scorpions – who struggled the first two weeks of the season – looked much improved.
In spite of the loss, the Scorpions coaching staff was positive, saying: “Coming off of losing the way we did during Week 1 and 2, we think our defense is now coming together. They scored not from a touchdown thrown or ran in, but off of a safety. If we keep playing the way we know how and practicing, we don’t doubt that we’ll do well.” Next up for the Lynx are the Lady Sharks.
On the men’s side, the Burger King Panthers would crush the Cox Colts, 25-0. Led by QB Chris Lucas, the Panthers seemed extremely comfortable controlling the game while the Colts could not get positive momentum on either side of the ball. Defensively, Burger King leaned on Anthony Chin – who recorded a sack, interception and a safety.
Some were disappointed in the performance of Cox, considering the number of new recruits the team acquired in the offseason. Nonetheless, the season is still new and the Cox know what they have to work on. Next up for the Colts are the Predators.
The Lady Sharks faced off against the ladies of Star Athletic Club and enjoyed a 22-0 thrashing. Led by QB Bobeth O’Garro’s 12 out of 21 completions, the Sharks dominated on offense. To Star Athletic’s credit, they never gave up. Led by Alexia Williams, the Star ladies fought hard to gain yards on offense. However, the Sharks defense seemed to be in the right places at the right time – led by Keisha Anglin’s five tackles. This Saturday the Sharks face the Lynx.
Rounding out the action, the dms West Bay Hellcats squeezed past the KPMG Sharks, 6-0. The game did not exactly follow the expected script because while many people expected a Hellcats win, most did not foresee only one TD. Led by Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks, the Hellcats seemed to have a harder time on offense – with pressure from the KPMG defensive line leading to two interceptions from Justin White in his season debut. Ebanks managed to connect with Perry Levy in the end zone for the game’s only score. The Sharks fought to the end, but were unable to get into the end zone.
Facing off against the young Dolphins this Saturday, KPMG plan to work on key areas and come out hungry to win a game dubbed “The battle of the seas.”
League action continues on July 12 from 11 a.m. at the Ed Bush field.