New flag football format makes for intense games

The 2015 Cayman Islands Flag Football Association season continued over the weekend in spectacular fashion. With the new eight-on-eight format for the women that includes blocking for five yards on the line, the intensity and dynamics of the game have set an exciting new chapter in the CIFFA evolution. 

The first game of the day saw the CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions take on the Island Taste Killa B’zzz in a high energy contest of will. Killa B’zzz quarterback Ellen Downy completed 12 of 22 passes where she spread the ball evenly between five of her receivers, her favorite for the day being Tonia Ebanks, who had four receptions. The B’zzz offensive line, with a strong showing from Shakira Davis, gave their quarterback lots of time to get off the ball as seen by the attempts. Cynthia Powell was the leading defender for the B’zzz with three tackles and two interceptions for the day. 

Defensively, the Scorpions had an impressive game on the Killa B’zzz, and almost every player on the roster recorded multiple tackles. Scorpions quarterback Keisha Solomon completed 11 of 17 passes and led an impressive long drive during the game. The only score in the contest came on a pass to Camille Solomon – her only recorded reception for the day – for a touchdown. 

The Scorpions won 6-0. 

The first men’s game was between the BK Panthers and the Island Heritage Predators. The match-up was dominated by defense from both teams as can be seen from the stats of the day. 

Panthers quarterback Glenn Durant completed only two of six passes – both to Brendon Malice – and threw three interceptions, although he did have a rushing touchdown. 

The Panthers’ game was dominated by run plays for most of the day. The entire Panthers defense recorded tackles. Brendon Malice recorded two tackles and had an interception; Jermaine Sharpe had two tackles, a sack and a safety. 

Jordan Stubblefield led the Predators by completing 14 of 17 passes with one touchdown, but also tossed three interceptions. 

Chris Bennett, fresh off his European vacation, had the lone touchdown for the Predators with an impressive vertical leap to catch the ball in the end zone. Stubblefield spread the ball out between his entire offense, with Josh Parson, Jordan Cacho and Chris Bennett each having three receptions. 

The defense for the Predators was working to ensure a close game with Smarnell Thomas moving all over the backfield to disrupt plays with five tackles. Avery Ebanks, Jon Whittaker and Josh Parson each had an interception. 

The final score was 9-6 in favor of the Panthers. 

In Game 3, the rookie team of Maples played the Anytime Fitness Wolverines. The Wolverines saw the quarterback duties shared between Nekitia Saintvil – who completed two of five passes, with one touchdown to Renee Thompson and two interceptions – and Jahzenia Thomas, who completed four of 11 passes with two touchdowns, both caught by Carrie Carter. 

The defense for the Wolverines had four interceptions – two by Renee Thompson and one each by Jah Thomas and Carrie Carter. 

For Maples, Dianira Whittaker had the quarterback duties for the day and completed three of 13 passes with three interceptions on the day. Whittaker also intercepted two passes on defense during the game. The Maples women had a steady defense game, and are getting progressively better as each week goes by. 

The final score was 19-0, for the Wolverines. 

In the day’s final women’s game, Maples Lynx took on the Star 92.7 Sharks. 

Lynx quarterback Kim Rivers completed 19 of 23 passes with three touchdowns – one each to Judy Rivers, Tyanna Jan and Jamesette Anglin – and one interception. Her favorite target for the day was Lanie McLaughin, who had five receptions, while Jamesette Anglin, Rocsii Walton and Sophia Dilbert each had multiple receptions. 

The Sharks struggled on the offensive side of the ball all day. Anna Nyaundi completed only three of 12 passes and threw two interceptions. Only good defensive play by the Sharks kept it from being a complete blowout, with Deborah Kerr-White recording two sacks and Scimone Chin recording an interception returned for a touchdown, the only score for the Sharks. Bobeth O’Garro led the defense with three tackles. The game went to the Lynx with a score of 20-6. 

In men’s action, it was the “Battle of the Maples” as the Dolphins took on the Knights. 

Knights quarterback Richard Campbell completed nine of 12 passes with two passing touchdowns, one each to Adrian Rowe and Terry Ballard. On the defensive side, the Knights were efficient in their game. Chester Hurlston led the Knights defense with five tackles and had a sack. Brian Bidden, Kevin Solomon and Theo Edman had two tackles and an interception each. Dolphins quarterback Chris LeBeau had 11 completions in 22 attempts, with two passing touchdowns – both to Deandre Simpson – and three interceptions. Tim Coulsen led the Dolphins with three tackles. 

The game went into overtime after both teams failed to convert in regulation and saw a close contest from wire-to-wire, with the final score a 12-12 draw. 

Games for this weekend at the Ed Bush Field start at noon. CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions takes on Anytime Fitness Wolverines; 1 p.m. will see the Maples Knights versus Kensington HellCats; 2:15 HSM versus Island Taste Killa B’zzz; 3:15 Maples Lynx versus Maples; 4:15 will see the BK Panthers versus Maples Dolphins. There will also be a car wash fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burger King on West Bay Road in support of the men’s national team trip to the Bahamas in October. 

Jahzenia Thomas completed four of 11 passes with two touchdowns for the Wolverines. – PHOTOS: MAGGIE EBANKS
Jahzenia Thomas completed four of 11 passes with two touchdowns for the Wolverines. – PHOTOS: MAGGIE EBANKS

Camille Solomon is a key player for the Scorpions.

Camille Solomon is a key player for the Scorpions.

Glenn Duran moved the ball well for the Burger King Panthers.

Glenn Duran moved the ball well for the Burger King Panthers.

Shakira Davis shines on offense and defense for the Killa B

Shakira Davis shines on offense and defense for the Killa B’zzz.