When the burgeoning Burger King Coed Flag Football League kicked off last Friday, the competitive energy of all teams was evident from the first whistle. All games were played under floodlights at the Ed Bush Field, West Bay.
In the game of the night, Gangsta B’zzz rallied in the second half to overcome a 21-0 deficit and stun Wakeboard Cayman.
Turnovers were the game’s feature as Wakeboard Cayman’s captain Chris Lebeau threw four interceptions, all of which were returned for touchdowns.
Post-game reports suggest that Lebeau approved the participation of Theo Edman, a player who is not officially a member of B’zzz.
That decision would ultimately come back to haunt him, as it was Edman who snatched three of the game-changing interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.
Franz Brathwaite snagged the other interception touchdown to round out the scoring for B’zzz. Before the collapse, Lebeau threw a couple of touchdowns to Ryan Mushin.
In the opener, Brendon and Lisa Malice’s squad were back in action with a new team name 9-1-RUN! and some new teammates to bolster their roster.
They faced Peter Whittaker and Barron Solomon’s Pizza Hut team, who had made some strides toward the end of last season when they finished strong. Unfortunately, Whittaker was playing with an obvious limp, which reduced his side’s offensive capabilities. That, combined with the savvy defensive aptitude of the opposition, resulted in the team scoring only once.
For 9-1-RUN!, Ed Pellot-Rosa got deep early on and often, and Glenita Ebanks scored twice on offense showing off some surprisingly deft hands for a defensive player.
The ensuing game saw the newly formed Next Development put on a show for bystanders with a convincing 27-13 win over Logic.
Jyoti Choi led their charge, and it was obvious from the start what their approach offensively would be. This revolved around a short passing game up the middle of the field in an effort to draw in potential tacklers so that more space was created outside on the wings.
Essentially, the ball carrier would have an extra player run opposite to create an extra option.
The main beneficiary of this system was Riley Mullen, who racked up a lot of yards on the ground and finished with two touchdowns.
He also showed some skill on defense, snatching two interceptions. For Logic, Kevin Morales was back at the helm and showed off his prowess. Unfortunately, defensively it was evident from the start that he is working with a young nucleus and it may take a few weeks to build some consistency.
Defending B Division champions Overtime Restaurant and Sports Bar picked up where they left off, cruising to a 31-6 victory over perennial contenders Cayman Auto Diagnostics.
Brad Conolly, Celester Anderson and reigning MVP RaShaun Wright were once again the driving forces of the team with multiple TD connections.
For Cayman Auto, veteran Robbie Cribb took the snaps and showed signs of the first game jitters. He missed a number of throws that resulted in a few costly turnovers.
The mistakes kept piling on and soon the game was out of reach. More contribution from his key playmakers Simon and Joel Rivers will be needed in the coming weeks until Cribb is fully back in the swing of things.
In the final game, Burger Shack showed no signs of championship complacency, coming out focused and sharp as ever.
They shut out Flag This, spearheaded by Oliver Parker, who came in with some banter about being legitimate contenders.
While that may still be the case, it was clear throughout that some adjustments need to be made for such predictions to bear fruit.
For Burger Shack, Barrett Edri and Kevin Solomon split the quarterback duties and connected with Perry Levy and Will Peguero Jr. for touchdowns, a combined four times.
Cassandra Bodden was also a key contributor for Burger Shack, moving the chains on offense and playing stout defense.
For Flag This, Cueme Parker took the majority of snaps, but he and his receivers simply could not get on the same page.
He struggled with his accuracy from early and was unable to get in any rhythm. Shack won 26-0.
In other matches, Rubert Whittaker caught a bunch of touchdowns to propel Maples over Jon Pump’s Kirk Freeport team, and Walkers surprised Adrean Russell and Keisha Solomon’s Papa John’s squad behind a team effort led by Nino Whittaker, Devanni James and Amber Watson.
Riley Mullen of Next Development and Glenita Ebanks of 9-1-RUN! were officially the men’s and women’s players of the week.