In the flag football coed league’s feature game of the week, Pepsi held off a surging Cayman First Insurance team to remain undefeated.
But it was a sloppy game at the Ed Bush field in West Bay last Friday by both squads. Pepsi had to rely on their experience and defense down the stretch to avoid an upset.
Dionne Whittaker once again led the charge for Pepsi. She managed just one touchdown pass to Phillip Maret but got some help from her defense when Mike Garcon forced a game-breaking interception that he returned for a touchdown.
For newcomers Cayman First, much can be made of their competitive spirit led by Demetri Chambers and Shomari Solomon.
They do however need to work on their offensive approach to upset a division powerhouse and notch a playoff berth. Final score was 12-7 to Pepsi.
In the ensuing game, 9-1-Run! handed the Cobras their second loss of the season 20-13.
Brendon Malice spearheaded the runners’ attack, connecting with Ed Pallot-Rosa and Maggie Ebanks for touchdowns a number of times for 9-1-Run!
The Cobras made a late push, driving all the way inside 9-1-Run’s 10 yard line but the drive collapsed after a critical turnover by quarterback Tito Solomon.
Cobras captain Phil Brown was seen parading the sidelines in frustration due to what he considered inconsistent officiating from start to finish.
They will look to get back to form in week 4 against division frontrunner Burger Shack.
Kirk Freeport’s up-and-coming star Will Edwards opened up a few eyes with his passing accuracy in a 32-18 victory over Cayman National Corporation. Edwards connected downfield with all his playmakers Andrew Edwards, Jerry Beck, Jon Pump and Christie Bullock for touchdowns, notching player of the week honors for his performance.
For Cayman National, Lawrence Nelson was again at the helm and managed to put together three scoring drives.
Unfortunately, his defense simply gave up too many big plays to give him an opportunity to make a game of it.
Later on, quarterback Adrean Russell bounced back from a poor showing the previous week to a career best performance when he threw five touchdowns to lead Papa John’s Pizza over Gangsta B’zzz 33-6.
Keisha Solomon was his favorite receiver with a bunch of receptions and a number of touchdown catches to secure female player of the week honors.
Mike Carey propelled their defensive unit with an interception that he returned for a touchdown.
For the B’zzz, it was a disappointing outing by the veteran squad led by Kathy Miller and Darrell Porter.
Erratic play at the quarterback position mixed with drops by their playmakers in drive sustaining situations, hampered their effectiveness from kickoff.
In the night cap, Cayman Auto Diagnostics got their first win of the season after knocking off Logic, 13-6. Guided by veteran quarterback Robbie Cribb, Cayman Auto has not gelled offensively, unlike in past years.
Their struggles on that side of the ball continued but, fortunately, their play defensively came to life, holding Logic to one score.
For Logic, Kevin Morales kept trying to will his team to victory.
However, teams are making a conscious effort to slow him down each passing week so he’ll need more support from the rest of his cast if they wish to get off the snide. Anna Nyaundi and Sasha Tatum connected for their lone score.
To round up last week’s action, Overtime shellacked Next Development 33-6 behind the prowess of veterans Jeff Wight and Tonia Ebanks-McLaughlin; Wakeboard Cayman defeated Burger King 32-13 led by Chris LeBeau and Matt Rayner.
Andrew Frederick broke loose for a couple of touchdowns to propel the Screaming Seagulls over Nate Narcisse’s Pizza Hut.