Burger Shack cemented their place in local flag football history, going undefeated in back-to-back seasons and securing their fifth championship in as many seasons.
The squad more commonly known as “Child Please” recently nabbed the crown in the top division of the 2015 Burger King Coed League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association.
Burger Shack ended their campaign with a victory over their perennial nemesis 9-1-RUN! at the Ed Bush field in West Bay.
Perry Levy, league coordinator and captain of Burger Shack, says the team is poised to do this for many years to come. “We simply have the right mix of talent, personalities and scheme to allow us to be successful. Until proven otherwise, we expect to be having this same conversation with you next year.”
Behind quarterback Barrett Edri, who was named the A division’s MVP, Burger Shack had a flawless campaign once again. In the semifinals, the squad defeated Jordan Stubblefield and Pizza Hut, while Brendon Malice guided 9-1-RUN! past Oliver Parker and his “Flag This” team.
“It doesn’t matter how much every other team despises our squad and our success because ‘Child Please’ is a family,” Edri said. “We knew we would win the whole time.”
Trailing with just over a minute left on the game clock, Burger Shack put together a signature drive, capped off by an Edri and Levy touchdown connection.
Team Overtime emerged as winners of the B division for consecutive seasons. They beat Jon and Dionne Whittaker’s “I Gotchu” squad in the finals. Brad Conolly and Men’s MVP Celester Anderson led the charge for Overtime, dismantling the Shawn Pitterson-led Maples squad in the semis. “I Gotchu” got past Robbie Cribb and Cayman Auto Diagnostic behind the brilliant play of Kaleb Ebanks.
Conolly says his team’s success speaks for itself. “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit. That’s what our team has always been about,” he said. “We make an effort to play the game the right way, but our primary focus is always about having fun and making sure everyone is involved.
“We’ve done that all year and the result has always been the same. We have fun and while doing so we win a lot of games.”
Overtime’s Anderson added, “To be the best, you got to beat the best, so we were happy when we found out that ‘I Gotchu’ was our finals opponent. They were a good challenge to us, but overall we stuck to our game plan, which is keep everyone involved, apply max pressure and force turnovers.
“It was a close game and, while we only ended up winning by one score, in the end the best number was the amount of losses we had. Now onto the top division next year and taking down ‘Child Please.’”
League sponsor Gary Rutty of Burger King is pleased with the league. “I would like to congratulate Burger Shack and Overtime once again,” Rutty said. “Most importantly, I want to thank all of the volunteers who came out to make this a successful and well-organized league. Burger King is honored to be a sponsor and we look forward to next year.”
Going forward, the sport turns its focus to the DMS Hellcats and their quest for a ninth championship in the adult summer premier league, which gets going on June 20. Games will again take place at Ed Bush, with the opening jamboree slated for June 13.