Many eyes in the flag football world were trained on the Lone Star Mustangs and Island Heritage Predators.
The first time these teams matched up at the Ed Bush field in West Bay, it ended in a 19-12 Predator victory. The Mustangs chalked up that result to season-opening jitters and were determined to win their Digicel Premier Summer League Week Eight clash. On the first snap on the game, Rashad “Flash” Rankin ran the whole field for a touchdown. In spite of multiple receptions by Avery Ebanks and two TD catches by Chris Bennett, the Predators were well out of it. The Mustangs piled on the points with TD catches from Tyler Less and Jon Pump and two from Chris Spigner, which gave them a 31-12 win.
Island Heritage now have a bye, while Lone Star prepares to battle the dms West Bay Hellcats, who are coming off of a 39-0 thrashing of the Maples Dolphins.
The Dolphins, who are made up of mostly young players, could not move the ball as quarterback Chris LeBeau was unable to complete passes. The Hellcat defense enjoyed three sacks from Damian “Beast” Barboram, while the offense simply scored at will. Maples are still looking for their first win of the season and their road only gets tougher as they battle last year’s champions, the Burger King Panthers, who are coming off a 35-0 victory over the KPMG Sharks.
Panthers QB Chris Lucas completed nine out of 12 passes and threw four TD passes, with Glenn Duran Jr. and Ed Pallot-Rosa catching two apiece. KPMG were hurting with a number of players missing and as a result, the offense was plagued by the pressure of the Panthers’ defense. Andre Morgan, Andrew Frederick and Brendon Malice each had an interception for Burger King. Next up for KPMG is the Cox Colts, who are coming off of a bye.
On the women’s side, the Anytime Fitness Wolverines lost to the CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions, 6-0 in overtime, and the Domino’s Lynx beat the Caledonian Killa-B’zzz, 13-0. The Wolverines turned to Jahzenia Thomas as their QB and she completed just 13 of 34 passes, with two interceptions caught by Maggie Ebanks and Cassandra Bodden of the Scorpions. Jessica Pawlik completed 10 out of 19 passes for CrossFit, throwing one interception to Martina Bodden. In overtime, the Scorpions prevailed as Pawlik found Cassandra Bodden in the end zone.
CrossFit defended four Wolverine drives in the extra session, with Cassandra Bodden sealing the result with a pick. Next up for the Wolverines are the Zulu Warriors, while the Scorpions challenge last year’s champions, the Androgroup Killa-Panthers.
The Lynx looked to veteran Keisha Solomon as their QB and she completed 16 of 29 passes to receivers such as Christsania Parker – who had a TD catch – and Judy Rivers. While she did throw three picks, Solomon also ran for a TD of her own. Nabbing the interceptions for Caledonian were Marleena Smith and Tonia McLaughlin. Toggling between two QBs, Ellen Downey and Anna Nyaundi, the Killa B’zzz struggled to move the ball. The Killa-B’zzz now face the Lady Sharks, who want a feeding frenzy after beating the Zulu Warriors in final minutes of regulation. The Lynx challenge Star Athletic Club.
Setting off against last year’s champions, the ladies of Star Athletic knew they had their hands full. Nonetheless, they were determined, and Amanda Nelson led her team in defense. It was evident that Killa-Panthers QB Christina Hefner tried to throw the ball away from Nelson. Hefner ended up with only one pick on 11 of 17 passing. The result was an 18-0 Androgroup victory.
The Lady Sharks and the Warriors went back and forth game as neither QB threw an interception nor a TD. Zulu veteran QB Dionne Whittaker held her own, while Jessica Ebanks-Maxwell filled in as Sharks QB, with regulars Bobeth O’Garro and Scimone Campbell missing in action. Each team battled down to the wire, but the Sharks prevailed 6-0 as Serena Yates caught the decisive pass in the end zone. Sheyla Torres stood out on defense for the Warriors.
Week 9 of the Digicel Summer Premier League continues on Aug. 16 at the Ed Bush field from 11 a.m.