Week 8 of the Burger King Flag Football CoEd League could easily be labeled as the most exciting, unpredictable and nail biting week of the season so far. Games kicked off at dusk under the lights at 6:30 p.m., and from start to finish, the teams were doing their best to give it one last go at adding the final touches to their regular season standings.
Deloitte v. Burger Shack
Burger Shack, a team that has been in the CoEd league for seven seasons, has maintained a perfect record for five seasons. Despite challenges that the team has been facing this season, they have managed to keep their winning streak. However, all that came to an end last Friday.
Taking the field in the second slot of the night, Burger Shack and Deloitte squared up for a game that arguably stole the attention of the whole night. Many wondered if Deloitte was up for the challenge, but their team looked poised and relaxed. “Entering the game, the team felt focused and excited,” says Carly Dignam of Deloitte.
Led by their main quarterback Kevin Solomon, Burger Shack played their game as they normally do, with confidence.
“We’ve never really drawn up plays and it seems to work for us. As they say, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” said Perry Levy.
Levy, who is Solomon’s favorite receiver, secured two of the three touchdowns for Burger Shack, with Solomon adding one himself as he ran into the end zone.
Will Peguero added the icing on top each time with extra point conversions.
This, however, did not throw off the Deloitte team as they rallied and put their own points on the board. Led by quarterback Jamie Stephens, the Deloitte squad were not fazed when faced with the experience of their opponents. Stephens was able to connect with Ryan Pull, Carly Dignam and Chris Bennett for touchdowns, and Ramon Sealy for an extra point. It was Bennett’s second touchdown of the night that gave Deloitte their final lead, which they were able to keep until the game ended.
Whilst there was a lot of scoring, the game was not short of key defensive plays on both ends of the ball.
“Burger Shack has some very talented offensive weapons, so we tailored our defensive game plan to shut them down as best we could,” says Riley Mullen of the Deloitte team.
Motivated to keep his team fueled up, Stephen Mitzel was all over the field and even had a key interception that stopped Burger Shack in their tracks, and ultimately secured the win for Deloitte as it gave them back the ball with only a few seconds left.
The game would end 25-23 in favor of Deloitte. Not only did this win snap the streak of Burger Shack, but with it Deloitte has managed to move in front of Burger Shack in the regular league standings, finishing first in the East.
Adding to the “Burger” night, was the league sponsor’s team, Burger King, rising over PD’s in the first game of the night. Gary “Peanut” Rutty was in true form, connecting with his players down the field. Burger King would go on to win the game 44-14 over PD’s, allowing them to finish third in the East Division.
On the West division side, The Greenhouse finished strong on top, managing to maintain their winning streak. Popeyes, BnP’s BBQ and Cayman National follow in the standings.
The first round of the playoffs is set for Friday, starting at 7 p.m. at the Ed Bush Field. Strong competition is expected, following last week’s excitement.