The Cayman Islands Flag Football Premier League moved into week 5 of the season with some interesting games to shake up the teams.
In the first game of the day, Red Stripe Wolverines took on Maples Jaguars. This was the first time this season that these teams had faced each other.
Jaguars took the field first on offence but, could not manage to move the ball up, resulting in a turn-over close enough to the Wolverines’ goal line for running back Agueda Blake to run in the ball for an early touchdown.
Sarafina McField and Alyssa Phipps made some key tackles for the Jaguars but, despite these efforts, Wolverines QB Antoinette Lewis found Nekita Saintvil for an impressive second touchdown for the half, Saintvil eluding three Jaguars defenders.
In the second half, Jaguars came in more engaged and aggressive, preventing the Wolverines from scoring any further.
On offence, Jaguars QB Tracey Seymour managed to gain yards with throws to Chantel Simm and runs downfield by Jordyn Williams, pushing them close to the goal line, but they were not able to score, ending the game 12‑0 for the Wolverines.
The two teams face off again on Monday, 12 Aug.
Next up was Uncle Clem’s Wolves and Maples. The Wolves have been coming into their games with a lot of composure and assurance that they are here to win.
Wolves QB Jordan Stubblefield kept control of his offence, with rotational passes across the field, often favouring Demetri Chambers and David Taylor, who each saw five catches during the game.
Alex Pascal secured the first touchdown for the Wolves, demonstrating the form that has made him key to his team’s accomplishments this season. Later on, three more touchdowns were secured by Ryan Ebanks, Peter Whittaker and Leeroy Bodden.
Despite Maples’ forceful defence, with key tackles by Brian Bodden, Nigel Solomon and Jamal Bodden, as well as an interception by Larue Nixon, Maples offence struggled to move down the field, as QB James Stephen found it difficult to make completions with his players. Making things worse, the Wolves defence was not letting up, with three sacks from Demetri Chambers, Tareek Gardner and Joshua McFarlane.
The Wolves ended the game with a huge blowout of 27‑0.
The third game of the day really shook the stands up, with the top two teams – HSM Vipers and the Greenhouse Lynx – going head to head for the first time this season.
Both offensively and defensively, these teams stand out. The Vipers made notable gains on offence with run attempts by veteran running back Jennifer Cotarelo-Choice and with QB rushes by Erica Burke, but these were all stopped by Lynx defensive players, lead by Kristina Seymour and Latoya Cover, and including an interception by Marleena Smith.
During the game, Lynx QB Keisha Solomon looked to Smith, as her key receiver, and runs by Shenel Gall, both known to be swift competitors.
With just seconds left on the clock, viewers thought this game would go into overtime, but a catch by Gall saw her run it in for the first and only touchdown of the game, narrowly escaping Vipers’ defence, and ending the Vipers winning streak, 6‑0.
The last game of the day had everyone on the edge of their seats when Burger King Panthers went up against Miller Lite Hellcats. Motivated to win, both teams seemed to have come in with new game plans, Panthers bringing in QB Glenn Duran and Hellcats bringing in QB Kevin Solomon for the first time this season.
However, neither of these QB’s had an easy task, as each defensive team made four sacks throughout the game. Solomon looked to players such as Terry Ballard and Abdull Petterson, but it was runs from Phil Brown that gave Hellcats the extra push they needed on offence.
Hellcats managed to make it close enough to the goal line to make a field goal conversion, putting the first score on the board 3‑0. Duran answered back, having numerous completions, managing to find Paul Chin in the end zone for the team’s first touchdown of the game, pushing Panthers up 7‑3; Richard Campbell kicking the extra point. However this did not stop Hellcats, as Solomon found Tikko Moore for a touchdown shortly after, pushing Hellcats back on top, 9‑7.
As the game neared the end, Panthers showed why every minute counts as Duran threw into the end zone yet again, this time finding Chris Bennett for the winning touchdown. Hellcats tried to come back with a throw into the end zone in the last seconds of the game, which was denied by an interception from Jahmi Dunbar. The closest game of the day ended 14‑9 for Panthers.
To wrap up week 5, the ladies hit the Annex sports field Monday night where Maples Jaguars took on Greenhouse Lynx in an attempt to amend for a major loss in week 3, where Lynx beat Jaguars 27‑0.
Lynx took to offence first with QB Erica Bosch taking control of her team to quickly move them up the field, with the help of her O-Line giving her enough time to find Christsania Parker in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game.
Maples seemed to struggle to become engaged in the first half of the game, later giving up another touchdown to Parker, ending the half 12‑0.
In the second half, Maples came in with a completely different attitude and refused to allow Lynx to gain any more points, with major blocks from Krista Samuels and Khadija Chisholm, as well as a key tackle by Alexia Williams preventing Bosch from running into the end zone.
Unfortunately for Maples, they were unable to move the ball much due to Lynx’s vigorous D-Line. Although an improvement for Maples, Lynx still managed to secure their second win for the week, 12‑0.