Wolverines still undefeated as pythons bite back

| 23/08/2011

(GCFFA):There are only three weeks remaining in the Dart Women’s League of the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association, and as expected, upsets, tie games and new stars are emerging in the 7-a-side league. The Domino’s Pizza Wolverines held tight to their number one spot in the league with a13-0 win over the Lone-Star Jager Monsters; and the Pythons had their best game yet, tying at 6-6 with the Androgroup Killa-Panthers during last Saturday’s games at the Camana Bay Field. The Wolverine’s did better this week on offense, but it was their tight defense that won this game, as Antoinette Lewis was not the usual quarterback we’ve come to see, completing 13 of 31 passes, including one interception thrown.

Shamar Ennis, who has not been present for much of the Wolverines’ games this season, had an explosive presence this week leading the offense with three receptions, including one for a short run into the end-zone for a touchdown. Lewis’ favorite target, Alexandra Terry also received three balls, followed by Schmarrah McCarthy, Jahzenia Thomas and Saneata Smith, each with two receptions on offense, and Smith also bringing in the extra point.

Ennis also led the defense with three tackles and an interception. Thomas had another excellent game as she rushed the Monsters’ quarterback, successfully sacking her three times. Shinette Rhoden also contributed to the Wolverines’ defense with two tackles and Francesca Hamann came through with an interception.

The Monsters’ starting quarterback Christina Hefner returned after missing the previous weeks games, but it did not help the team on offense. Hefner was under pressure, completing only seven of 18 passes, with two interceptions thrown.

Tricia Bell led the offense in receptions, catching four of Hefner’s passes, followed by Erica Bosch-Bone with two receptions and Christine Bisnauth with one. The Monsters were not able to move the ball much, with too many balls thrown to the middle of the field, where they were picked off by the defense, stopping the team from making it down to their end-zone.

Bell also excelled on defense, with three sacks to the Wolverines’ quarterback. Monique Roberts led the team with three tackles, followed by Renee Thompson and Kayleigh Jennings each with two tackles, and Erica Bosch-Bone came up with the team’s lone interception.

The second game between the two lower seeded teams, the Androgroup Killa-Panthers and the Pythons, had the most action and excitement of the day. Interceptions kept the Pythons in the game and a lack of cohesiveness kept the Killa-Panthers from performing on offense.

For the Pythons, Carrie Barnett and Jamesette Anglin shared quarterback duties, with Barnett completing three of seven attempts and Anglin completing two of seven passes, and one interception thrown.

Tajae Grey was the recipient of most of Pythons’ balls. Playing in the running back position, Grey received a number of handoffs and chipped away down the field. Barnett also received two passes, and Sheyla Torres, Carla Martin and Jessica Maxwell each had a reception. Torres looked like she was going to put the Pythons ahead six points after eluding several defensive players on her 20 yard run from a hand-off, but the sprinter was stopped short of her attempted glory.

On defense, Jessica Maxwell once again led her team with four tackles, making incredible stops and diving for flags, and adding an interception to her game. Coming up with the game changing interception in the first half was Tajae Grey, who picked off a short pass from the Killa-Panthers’ quarterback, and ran the ball in for a 30 yard defensive touchdown. Grey also came up with two tackles and a sack to the quarterback. Karina Chiari had her best game yet with four tackles, and players Anna Nyaundi and Violet Whittaker-Powell each had an interception.

The Androgroup Killa-Panthers looked confident in the first-half of the game, but the excellent defense from the Pythons and an unlucky day for the Killa-Panthers’ quarterbacks and offensive players killed the team’s momentum.

Christina Pineda and Lisa Hill-Malice shared quarterback duties again. Pineda completed five out of fourteen attempts, with two interceptions thrown; and Malice faired a bit better with four passes out of eight completed, and two interceptions thrown.

Sophia Dilbert and Jennifer Allen each had three receptions, and Heather Roffey caught the touchdown pass in the first half of the game. The speedy Dilbert was open several times on fly routes, but the quarterbacks simply did not see the wide receiver open in time to make crucial plays.

Becky Coe led the Killa-Panthers on defense, with five tackles, a season high for the defensive player. Janique Samson followed with two tackles and an interception and Phillipa Knights and Delicia Ebanks each sacked the Pythons’ quarterback one time.

There will be no games held this Saturday, August 27th at the Camana Bay Field; however, games will resume the following Saturday, September 3rd at 10am with the Hammerheads Lady Sharks versus the Pythons, followed by the Lone-Star Jager Monsters against the Androgroup Killa-Panthers.


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