Cayman’s flag football summer season kicked off with 10 of the league’s 11 teams contesting the local Premier League championship title at Ed Bush field last Saturday.
The Greenhouse Lynx won their first game of the season 7-0 due to a forfeit by the Tribe Tattoo Lady Sharks. The 2016 league runner-ups gracefully accepted the victory but promise not to rest on their laurels this year, according to a press release.
“We have been working hard in preparation for this season. We have been very good at meeting our goal to get to the finals each year, but this year we want to win,” said team captain Christsania Parker.
Reigning men’s champions Island Heritage Predators also walked into the stands on Saturday with an automatic win due to a forfeit by the Maples Knights. The Predators invited select players to join them for a special exhibition game. Island Heritage’s Caleb Ebanks and Keswick Wright both scored touchdowns supplemented by two extra points by Oliver Parker. The league select team also scored with a run by Seware Kangalu and extra point by Terrick Myles.
The 2016 women’s champions, HSM Vipers, proved they are still a well-oiled machine with a 32-0 victory over the newly formed Subway Lady Predators. Team speedsters Shenell Gall and Alicia Dixon scored a combined 20 points, but most notable was Jennifer Cotarelo-Choice’s kick return touchdown at the beginning of the second half, the press release states. However, the Vipers still had their work cut out for them as the Lady Predators’ defense became more comfortable on the field. Subway Rusher Angelica McField sacked HSM quarterback Lisa Malice twice at the end of the second half to ensure no more points would be scored against her team.
Cayman Islands Flag Football Association legacy team Kensington Hellcats defeated Maples 14-0. Fan favorites Austin Davis and Perry Levy put the Hellcats on the board offensively, but it was safety Renford Barnes who stole the show, the press release states, with an impressive four interceptions on the Maples offense. Equally impressive was Maples’ Jonathan Allen with four sacks on Hellcats quarterback Will Peguero Jr.
Rookie team Maples Jaguars lost to the Red Stripe Wolverines 12–0. The Wolverines’ strengths still remains in their offensive line being one of the strongest in the league. Coupled with the speed of Arissa McField and league veteran Agueda Blake, the team has the potential to dominate the league once again, CIFFA said in its press release.
The Maples Jaguars, though new to CIFFA, have already proved they have great potential under the leadership of quarterback Brittni Ebanks, who managed to maintain a level head throughout the game despite first time jitters, CIFFA said.
Games will be held each Saturday, Monday and Thursday through October at the Ed Bush, Haig Bodden and Annex fields. To learn more, visit www.ciffa.ky.