The KPMG Sharks made a statement against the Maples Dolphins during Week 4 of the Digicel Premier League.
With both teams coming off of a loss, the game had an extra bit of flair as both teams were hungry for the win. The Sharks would enjoy a feeding frenzy as veteran quarterback Luigi Moxam completed eight out of 12 passes. Moxam did toss two interceptions, retrieved by Demetri Chambers and Kwei General of the Dolphins. General was the star, grabbing the lone touchdown on offense and producing five tackles on defense. In spite of those efforts, the Sharks managed to win, 19-7. This Saturday at 1 p.m., KPMG faces the Lone Star Mustangs, last year’s runner-up, and confidence is high within the Sharks camp.
Brad Conolly of the Sharks believes more victories are on the horizon.
“I’m looking forward to a great week of practice so that we can continue to work on the pieces we need to and carry forward the momentum to our next game,” Conolly said. “We’re a good team and if we play together and execute, we’re able to see that we can win games against anyone!”
On the ladies side, the Androgroup Killa-Panthers challenged the Zulu Warriors, who were quieted last week by the Caledonian Killa-B’zzz. Maybe it’s the “Killa” in the name, but the Killa-Panthers followed suit and kept the Warrior roar to a whisper. Androgroup QB Christina Hefner had 15 completions, star receiver Jen Cotarelo caught two receiving TDs and Zulu’s Sheyla Torres led the Warrior defense. Zulu veteran QB Dionne Whittaker had issues in the passing game but eventually found Jessica Ebanks in the end zone late in the second half. It was to no avail as Androgroup held on to a 12-6 victory.
The Dominoes Lynx faced off against the Lady Sharks, who have been looking good so far this season. Last week, the Lynx’s offense was a non-factor in their win over the CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions, but they were determined to turn that around. QB Anya Edun completed six of 10 passes but was sacked twice by Tiffany Ebanks of the Lady Sharks. While QB Bobeth O’Garro completed 12 passes for the Lady Sharks, she did give up interceptions. Christsania Parker would convert one of those picks into a Lynx touchdown and Dominoes would hold on for a 8-0 victory.
On the men’s side, the Burger King Panthers battled the Lone Star Mustangs in a rematch of last year’s championship game. QB Chris Lucas led the defending champion Panthers in a gritty display that saw Glenn Duran Jr. as the main focus on offense. Defensively, the Mustangs relied on leading tackler Rashad Rankin while Dillon Claassens, Greg Miller and Chip Whitney each recorded a sack. Tyler Lee would do his part and get the Mustangs on the board, with Jon Pump securing the extra point. Lucas responded by finding Duran Jr. twice in the end zone as the Panthers enjoyed a 17-7 victory.
The Anytime Fitness Wolverines battled the young Star Athletic Club ladies and saw Jahzenia Thomas step up to the QB position. Completing eight passes, Thomas would find Agueda Blake for a Wolverine TD and Anytime Fitness also got points on defense as Shinette Rhoden would run one of her two interceptions back for a TD. Star Athletic QB Tiffany Scott completed 10 passes but Anytime Fitness prevailed, 14-0.
In other action, the Caledonian Killa-B’zzz tackled a CrossFit team off to a rough start to this season but confident in a turnaround. Caledonian was led by QB Anna Nyaundi, who marched the offense up and down the field. Marleena Smith, who seemed to be Nyaundi’s favorite receiver, caught a pass and avoided tackles in stunning fashion for a TD. The Scorpions actually were better on defense as their offense cost them another TD, as an interception would be run back for a score. Defensively, the B’zzz leaned on Kathy Miller and Timisha Edwards for a 13-0 victory.
An interesting contest on the men’s side pitted the Island Heritage Predators against the Cox Colts. Both teams brought a great deal of energy to the game. Veteran QB Kevin Solomon stepped into the driver’s seat for the Colts and completed seven passes. Defensively, the Predators featured Peter Whittaker, Will Peguero Jr. and Smarnell Thomas each making a number of tackles. Thomas also recorded an interception. Solomon broke through and found Terry Ballard to get Cox on the board.
Island Heritage responded behind QBs Barrett Edri and Jordan Stubblefield, who managed to find players in open spots around the field. Jordan Cacho ran in a TD, while Chris Bennett recorded a receiving TD. The Predators defense would tighten, holding Cox to one TD en route to a 12-6 win. Next up for the Predators is a dms West Bay Hellcats team coming off of a bye week.
Week five of the Digicel Premier League continues on July 19 at Ed Bush from 1 p.m. with only men’s games. The women’s teams are on a league-wide bye week as the national women’s flag football team travels to Atlanta for a tournament.