The Kensington Hellcats have been Cayman’s supreme flag football side since the sport began here over a decade ago, and on Saturday they emphasized why they are unlikely to lose that aura soon.
Wide receiver Nigel Solomon was on the Hellcats team at the Ed Bush stadium in West Bay who beat the Burger King Panthers 14-3 over the weekend. Hellcats touchdowns came from Perry “Boy Wonder” Levy and Clay Coleman, with extra kicking points from Nick “El Capo” Bush.
It was an extremely satisfying victory for the Hellcats as they lost to the Panthers in an earlier season encounter.
Going into the game, Solomon said the attitude was “We are a team and if everyone goes out and does their job, it’s an easy win. Composure and playing together as a team was key.”
He felt that when they played the Panthers before, their attitude was wrong “and we beat ourselves.”
Solomon added, “This game, we were satisfied knowing we played a full 40 minutes of Hellcats football and had them beat from the start of the game.”
It was a hectic few days for the Hellcats, as on Monday night they played Maples, a young and talented team, coached by Shawn Pitterson.
The Hellcats are tied as the first seed with the Panthers, and Solomon is confident that having won the championship eight times, this will be their ninth successful year.
“It’s like nothing to take home the gold,” he said. “We play Hellcats football. It’s a wrap.” Solomon has been with the Hellcats for two years. Besides being a wide receiver on offence, he plays safety on defense. He previously played for the Hurricanes, Selkirk Watler’s team.
The Hellcats are taunted for being an aging team. Many are in their 30s and 40s, “but experience will take us through every game.”
Solomon said, “With experience we know where to be and what to do before the other team even knows what they’re doing.”
He pinpoints as key players quarterback Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks, the whole defensive line, which is “the best in league.” That defense includes Andrew Wisdom, Andrew “Big Drew” Graham, Michael Swaby, Tito Solomon, Phil Brown, Nate “Nate Dawg” Narcisse, Jamaal Anderson and Renford Barnes.
Solomon and Levy are the best receivers, and Coleman and Kevin Maxwell are slot receivers. Jason Gonzales and Oliver “Dark Star” Parker are electric running backs.
“It’s a great social sport, the players and spectators really love it, and it’s a great pastime,” Solomon said. “Plus, it’s football. Who doesn’t love football?”
Solomon also plays rugby and soccer, but flag is his favorite. “Flag football is already big in Cayman and getting bigger every year,” he said. “The Cayman Islands Flag Football Association flies out to all the big tournaments in the Caribbean and the U.S., and I can see one of the young players making it their passion and striving to play in the NFL.”