Cayman Islands Flag Football Association showcased its first set of Monday night games at the TE McField Annex in George Town this week.
Teams took to the field enjoying a pleasant change to the scorching Saturday heat that they usually play under. At 6 p.m. the Anytime Fitness Wolverines battled against the Maples Lynx.
This was the first time these teams have met this season. The game went back and forth, with each team’s defense stepping up and denying the opposition from scoring. Antoinette Lewis, Wolverines quarterback, completed 14 out of 22 passes but was unable to connect with any players in open spots to post points on the board.
The Lynx seemed to have the field covered, and players such as Sophia Dilbert did a great positioning job whenever a Wolverines player caught the ball.
Adding to the Lynx defensive force were Lilia Conolly and Vania Cornwell, who each recorded an interception of their own.
Offensively, the Lynx struggled as well. Lynx QB Anya Edun did her best to find her players in open spots on the field, but the Wolverines’ pressure was often felt.
Amber Watson was a steady threat as she kept constant pressure on Edun.
Carrie Barnett-Carter also did her part as she led the team in tackles and also recorded the sole interception for the team.
Regular game time was not enough to determine the winner, so overtime was needed. Each team was given four attempts to score. The Lynx were unable to convert as the first team up.
The Wolverines, however, executed on their last try as their quarterback, Antoinette Lewis, ran the ball into the end zone for a 6-0 victory. These two teams match up again on Saturday at noon at the Ed Bush field.
The men’s game followed, between the Kensington Hellcats and the Burger King Panthers.
The last time these two teams met, the Panthers won 6-3. Both teams knew it would not be an easy game, but each was as hungry as the other for the win.
Sitting in seeds 1 and 2, spectators knew they were in for an exciting match.
Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks, Hellcats quarterback, completed nine of 17 passes.
Defense was definitely the strength of both teams, and each side did a great job at keeping the pressure on the other.
Michael Swaby was a key factor in the Hellcats defensive line as he posted numerous sacks and stopped the Panthers offense.
Tito Solomon also did his job for the Hellcats, leading the team in tackles.
Brandon Copico and Brendon Malice led the Panthers on defense in tackles, and Nicholas Roberts, Simon Rivers and Andrew Frederick all nabbed one interception apiece.
Copico, Panthers quarterback, connected with Jon Pump in the end zone to get the Panthers on the board. Rasha Rankin and Matt Bone had good games for the Panthers.
Later in the game, Frecko found Perry Levy and he scored a touchdown for the Hellcats. Nigel Solomon had a solid game for the Hellcats and made some vital catches. Overtime was again needed as the score was 7-7 after regulation time.
The Panthers’ Simon Rivers converted a field goal that secured a 10-7 win. This weekend the action continues at Ed Bush in West Bay for Week 8 of the Premier League.
After the Anytime Fitness Wolverines take on the Maples Lynx at noon, Island Heritage Predators face the Kensington Hellcats at 1 p.m. Maples take on Star 92.7 Sharks at 2:15 p.m., the CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions tackle HSM at 3:15 p.m. and the Maples Knights face the Burger King Panthers at 4:15 p.m.