As the flag football season charges on, the 2017 Men and Women’s Premier League intensified over the weekend at the Ed Bush field in West Bay.
The first contest of the day was between the HSM Vipers and Red Stripe Wolverines. Reigning champions Vipers currently have the most points of all teams in both leagues, thanks to seamless executions on both offense and defense.
Jen Choice scored the first touchdown followed by an extra point conversion. While the Vipers are known for earning major leads early, the Wolverines’ defense prevented them from scoring again in the first half thanks to pressure from rushers Arissa McField and Maya Grant.
The Vipers came back strong in the second half with an interception by Choice. Alicia Dixon later went on to intercept the Wolverines ball to score a touchdown as well. The game ended with a 26-0 Vipers victory. The Burger King Panthers kept their winning streak going with a victory over Maples during the second game. Jordan Cacho earned the first six points with a 20-yard dash to the goal line which was quickly supplemented by his teammate John Pump.
Maples were able to put points on the board with touchdowns by Stephen Mitzel and Larue Nixon respectively. Cacho scored again with an amazing catch to end the game with a final score of 26-12 for the Panthers. The Maples Jaguars took on the Tribe Tattoo Lady Sharks and fought until the end despite not being able to put points on the board. Rookies Khadijah Chisholm and Brittni Ebanks were able to intercept two attempts by Sharks’ veteran quarterback Bobeth O’Garro.
However, the Sharks’ strongest defender Courtisha Ebanks controlled the midfield for the entire games, making numerous tackles and completing two interceptions. Offense was able to keep momentum going with Scimone Chin scoring two touchdowns for the Sharks to win.
Longtime rivals Kensington Hellcats and Island Heritage Predators met up for a highly-anticipated game. With the talent on both teams being extraordinary, it was a defensive game from start to finish.
Peter Whittaker intercepted the ball for the Predators but the Hellcats retaliated with an interception by rookie Austin Jones. Both teams made attempts to score throughout but it was Baron Solomon who scored the Predators’ only touchdown for a 7-0 victory. The final game was between the Subway Lady Predators and The Greenhouse Lynx. The Lady Predators’ defense continues to strengthen thanks to Angelica McField and Shakira Davis who made it difficult for the Lynx offense to score for the first half of the game.
However, the Lynx defense was able to keep the score neutral by sending Yasmin James, Sashana Lawrence-Wilks and Bernadette Beckles to pressure Lady Predators offense.
Halfway through the second half, Marleena Smith of the Lynx scored with her signature breakaway down the sideline to secure a lead for her team and end the game 6 -0. The Lynx offense, led by quarterback, Erica Bosch, ranks second in the Premier League. Monday Night Football brought the Kensington Hellcats back to face the MaplesFS Knights. Knights quarterback Tyler Harvey performed well between throwing the ball and scrambling down field to achieve downs for his team.
The Hellcats seasoned defense was able to achieve stops on the Knights with notable tackles by Jamal Andersen. Rookie running back Abdul Patterson made great advances with the ball but it was Nigel Solomon from the Hellcats with two touchdowns that ensured that his team would win the game in the end. The Greenhouse Lynx celebrated their fifth win Monday evening against Tribe Tattoo Lady Sharks. Quarterback Erica Bosch had ample time to move the ball with help from her offensive line made up of Yasmin James, Carla Martin and Bernadette Beckles.
Even with strong support, the Lynx still had to contend with Courtisha Ebanks’ effective tackling, which prevented them from scoring in the first half. Notable deflections by Scimone
Chin also prevented the Lynx from completing initial attempts to score. The draw was broken when Marleena Smith completed another run, bringing her team a 6 -0 victory for the fourth consecutive time.