HSM show why they're No. 1 seed

The Cayman Islands Flag Football Association week 9 games were played on Saturday, and all the teams are focusing more on securing seeding for the playoffs. 

Throughout the season, a number of teams have grown and improved on key points each week. 

On the women’s side, HSM have come out strong. Within two days, HSM faced the second- and third-seeded teams in their division, and in magnificent fashion showed why they are No. 1 in the league. 

On Saturday, facing off against the Anytime Fitness Wolverines, HSM scored early on their first drive, leaving the Wolverines scrambling and trying to regroup. 

HSM shuffled between quarterbacks Dionne Whittaker and Lisa Malice, who completed 13 passes between them. 

In addition to recording a passing touchdown caught by Shamar Ennis, Whittaker also ran in a touchdown to add to her team’s lead. 

Despite struggling at the beginning on offense, the Wolverines fought their hardest on defense, with the squad led by Shinette Rhoden and Jahzenia Thomas. 

Defensively, HSM kept a great deal of pressure on the Wolverines as Stephanie Watler recorded a sack and Jonina Frederick an interception. All these things would tie together to keep the momentum going for their team. With the score 2 touchdowns to nil, the Wolverines rallied and put seven points on the board, with a touchdown caught by Nekita Saintvil and an extra point by Benecia Thompson. 

Unable to add more, the game ended in a 13-7 HSM victory. This Saturday, the Wolverines face off against the Star 92.7 Sharks, with HSM playing the Maples Lynx. 

The Star 92.7 Sharks are coming off a win against the Island Taste Killa B’zzz. The last time these two teams met, the games ended in a Killa B’zzz victory, and the Sharks were not interested in letting that happen again. 

Despite being plagued with dropped balls on offense, the Sharks kept momentum going by keeping the pressure on defense. The team recorded four inceptions against the Killa B’zzz. 

Neither team scored on offense, but for the Sharks, Marleena Smith would run a kickback down for a touchdown. Unable to convert the extra point, the game ended in a 6-0 Sharks victory. 

The Maples Lynx women faced off against the CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions, a match-up that led to a 0-0 tie the first time these teams played. Led by QB Keisha Solomon, the Scorpions completed 13 passes and posted seven points on the board. 

Obviously struggling to move the ball, the Lynx rallied behind their QB, Kim Rivers, in efforts to make something happen. 

Defensively, Sophia Dilbert led the squad, with Tyanna Jan recording some tackles of her own. 

For the Scorpions, Keisha Solomon and Erica Bosch led the defense and Solomon also recorded an interception. 

Late in the second half, the Lynx scored a touchdown but failed to get the extra point. The thought of tying the game and possibly entering overtime was short-lived as the game ended in a 7-6 Scorpions victory. 

This Saturday the action starts at midday with the Star 92.7 Sharks against Anytime Fitness Wolverines at noon; Maples Dolphins against Island Heritage Predators at 1 p.m.; Maples Lynx against HSM at 2:15 p.m.; Killa B’zzz take on Maples at 3:15 p.m.; and DMS Hellcats against the Burger King Panthers at 4:15 p.m. 

Marleena Smith

Marleena Smith scored for the Sharks.

Keisha Solomon

Keisha Solomon threw well for the Scorpions. – PHOTOS: JEREMY POWERY

Nekita Saintvil

Nekita Saintvil scored for the Wolverines.

Dionne Whittaker

Dionne Whittaker led HSM.

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