The 2015 Cayman Islands Flag Football Association season kicked off last weekend in spectacular fashion at the Ed Bush field in West Bay.
With a new 8 on 8 playing format for the women that includes blocking for five yards on the line, the intensity and dynamics of the game are set to be an exciting new chapter in the league’s evolution.
A rematch of the 2014 finals started the day in Week 2 with Maples Lynx taking on HSM. It finished with a win for HSM. Head coach Brendon Malice shuffled quarterback responsibilities between Dionne Whittaker and Lisa Malice and that seemed to keep Lynx confused, as both QBs completed over 50 percent of their passes.
Hampered by a low number of subs, Lynx did a good job in staying competitive as the sun blazed down.
Lynx QB Kim Rivers completed 10 out of 21 passes as she spread the ball well between her receivers.
Brittany Borden led the Lynx with tackles on defense and tried continuously to rally her team and keep the momentum going. However, the energy from HSM was too much for Lynx to fight off.
Jennifer Cotarelo led HSM on both defense and offense and scored two touchdowns of her own. Adding an additional rushing TD from Dionne Whittaker, HSM finished with a 19-0 victory.
Shawn Pitterson, head coach for the Maples Dolphins, has always been known for the number of new players he brings into the league.
Facing off against the Burger King Panthers, Pitterson and his Maples Dolphins started strongly.
Youth League player Michael Gocul made his debut in the QB position and managed to complete passes to various receivers.
“It’s always great to see players from the youth league coming up to the adult league. After all, they are the future of the sport, so it’s something we always want to see,” said league president Maggie Ebanks.
Glenn Duran was in typical form for the Panthers as he managed to find his receivers. Larue Nixon led the Maples Dolphins in tackles and his presence was seen all over the field.
The game finished in a win for the Burger King Panthers, but the Dolphins also left their mark.
In the women’s division, Pitterson has done the same. Entering a women’s team of all new players is something many would not do, but he took up the challenge. Maples were defeated by the Killa B’zzz 26-6.
“It’s a long season, and they are still learning. I’m looking forward to seeing the progress that they show,” said Pitterson.
Despite losing, Maples definitely stole the hearts of the crowd when Kayla Robinson scored a touchdown showing that although new, they were capable of getting on the board.
The B’zzz defense was efficient as numerous sacks and interceptions were recorded across the team. The victory for the Killa B’zzz allowed them to secure first place in the women’s division.
The Star 92.7 Sharks versus the Anytime Fitness Wolverines was the most exciting women’s game of day.
Both teams fought hard, determined to secure a win after both receiving a loss during Week 1 games.
Spreading the responsibility of QB, head coach Andrew Wisdom selected Bobeth O’Garro and Anna Nyaundi. Meanwhile, for the Wolverines, it was veteran QB Antoinette Lewis who took charge of her pack.
Plagued by a number of dropped balls, Lewis kept her composure and continued to encourage her players. In addition to her presence on offense, O’Garro led the Sharks on defense.
Despite O’Garro’s presence, Lewis found Renee Thompson in the end zone to get the Wolverines on the board. The Wolverines won 6-0.
Coming off a bye during Week 1 games, the DMS Hellcats took on the Maples Knights. Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks, completed 10 out of 13 passes spread to various receivers on his team. This kept the Knights guessing where the ball was going and on their toes.
Sonny Powell led the Knights defensively as they tried to stop the progression of the Hellcats offense.
Knights QB Kevin Solomon completed six out of 11 passes and threw two interceptions for the day, but was also plagued with a number of dropped balls and was unable to get his Knights on the board.
Perry “Boy Wonder” Levy caught a pass in the end zone for the Hellcats and they added two more from Phil Brown on defense and one from Jacob Ebanks on his own. Nick Bush was also in terrific form as he completed all three of his extra point kicks.
Games this Saturday kick off at noon at the Ed Bush field. Killa B’zzz play CrossFit 7 Mile Scorpions at noon; Burger King Panthers face Maples Knights at 1 p.m.; Anytime Fitness Wolverines are up against Maples at 2:15 p.m.; Star 92.7 Sharks take on Maples Lynx at 3:15 p.m.; DMS Hellcats face Island Heritage Predators at 4:15 p.m.