Playoff intensity was in great supply in Week 10 of the Digicel Premier League.
At the Ed Bush field in West Bay, the Caledonian Killa B’zzz would produce a 12-7 victory over the Androgroup Killa Panthers, the reigning women’s champions. With both regular quarterbacks away and another one injured, the Killa Panthers started Stephanie Watler. Even though it wasn’t her regular position, Watler did a decent job and even showed she could throw the ball long. Caledonian hurler Ellen Downey kept her cool as usual despite being plagued with dropped balls at times. Defensively, each team produced interceptions to gain great field position.
Despite the loss, Androgroup still rank second in the women’s division. With only a few weeks left in the season, a playoff spot looks to be a safe bet. Next up for the 2013 champions are the Anytime Fitness Wolverines, who pulled off an overtime 13-6 win against the Lady Sharks. It will be far from easy for the Killa Panthers as the last battle between the clubs ended in a stalemate.
Wolverines QB Jahzenia Thomas continues to grow her knowledge in the pocket. Thomas would deliver the game-winning pass, finding Joni Wood in the end zone. For the Lady Sharks, despite having key players Scimone Campbell and Bobeth O’Garro back on the field, poorly thrown balls, dropped passes and blown defensive coverage led to the defeat. Up next for the Lady Sharks is Star Athletic Club, who suffered an 18-0 loss at the hands of the CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions. CrossFit found its groove under QB Jessica Pawlik.
Feeling the shortage of players due to players going back to school, Star Athletic had numerous players playing offense and defense. Trenny Nelson stood out on defense and Jordyn Williams took some snaps in the QB position.
In other women’s action, the Domino’s Lynx silenced the Zulu Warriors, 13-6. Veteran QB Dionne Whittaker kept Zulu in the game while Lynx QB Keisha Solomon looked comfortable and enjoyed being under pressure, finding key players on the field. Sheyla Torres stood out of defense for the Warriors. The Lynx, who now sit in first place, face CrossFit with their last match up being decided by a safety. The Zulu Warriors face off against Caledonian.
A quick look at the standings show 7-1-1 Lynx ahead of 6-2-1 Androgroup, 5-4 Lady Sharks, 4-2-3 Wolverines, 4-1-4 Warriors, 3-6 CrossFit, 2-2-5 Caledonian and 1-1-8 Star Athletic.
On the men’s side, the Island Heritage Predators defeated the Maples Dolphins, 30-12. Predators rookie QB Jordan Stubblefield displayed his quick release that has caught the eyes of many in the league. Veterans William Peguero Jr and Peter Whittaker stood out in addition to Ernesto Ebanks, who made a number of great catches. For the Dolphins, team captain/coach Shawn Pitterson can take away a few positives. For example, LaRue Nixon – who could be labelled as a rookie having only played one game last season – caught key passes in traffic.
Maples now face a KPMG Sharks team who are sitting just above them in the standings. KPMG were taken out, 26-0, by the dms West Bay Hellcats. Hellcat QB Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks hit key receivers down the field. KPMG thrower Luigi Moxam was mauled by a dms defensive line as Damian Barboram lived up to his nickname – Beast.
The Predators now tangle with the Cox Colts, who were handed a 21-6 loss against last year’s champions, the Burger King Panthers. With Panthers QB Chris Lucas looking slightly off his game, running back Glenn Duran Jr carried the load. Colts QB Richard Campbell felt constant pressure and Cox’s points would come from an interception on defense followed by two laterals. The Colts hope to be improved with a number of players back this weekend. The Panthers, meanwhile, face a stiff challenge against the Lone Star Mustangs, who are coming off of a bye week.
Panthers continue to top the standings at 9-0, followed by the 8-1 Hellcats, 5-3 Predators and 4-4 Mustangs. On the outside looking in for a playoff berth are the 2-1-5 Colts, 1-1-7 Sharks and 0-9 Dolphins.
Week 11 of the Digicel Premier League kicks off tomorrow at the Ed Bush field with games starting at 11 a.m.