What an exciting night of Flag Football in the Cayman Islands as the 2020 Burger King CoEd Playoffs came to a close, where the 2020 Gold and Silver Cup Champions would be crowned at the end of the night!
Friday, September 25th, Finals Night kicked off with the 9-time reigning Champs, Burger Shack facing off against Popeyes, the overall number one team going into the playoffs this year. Both teams lead by savvy veterans such as Cassandra Bodden and Brendan Malice, balanced with young rising talents Larue Nixon and Maurice Rockett. Also on the Gold side, fighting for a chance at the title were the Shottas who were up against Coca-Cola in there first year as a team, with many of the players such as Erica Bosch and David Taylor facing off against their old Shottas Coach/ Team-mate Oliver Parker.
In the Silver Brackets, the quarter finals matchups featured Maples against Cayman Auto, the winner of which would face off against BNPs BBQ in the finals. Unfortunately, Dolphin Discovery, a fan favorite squad, was unable to field enough players to participate in the quarter finals against BNPs BBQ.
Silver Cup Semi-Final – Cayman Auto (39) Maples (6)
In the Silver Cup 7pm semi-final matchup, Maples got off to an excellent start! lead by QB Calvin Duncan, scoring on their first possession with a touchdown to Andre Godfrey, scoring their single touchdown of the night. Unfortunately for Maples, Cayman Auto was unstoppable on offense and passed on to tie in the next drive scoring often with touchdowns from star players Jahrion Bodden and Micheal Smikle. The ladies, Tracey Seymour and Sarafina McField adding multiple touchdowns and extra points securing their spot in the 2020 Silver Cup Finals.
Gold Cup 7pm Semi-Final – Popeyes (20) Burger Shack (7)
In the Gold Cup 7pm semi-final matchup, Burger Shack and Popeyes were locked and loaded to kick things off with both teams coming out aggressive to start the game, however it would be Popeyes who would strike first! Once they took the lead, Popeyes would apply pressure on the defensive side, forcing 3 turnovers on the game all made by star defensive back Larue Nixon. Burger Shack being no stranger to adversity, put together a scoring drive to inch within a score of the lead, however with Popeyes executing when it mattered most in the 2nd half, it would be Popeyes who would add another touchdown to the board, and secure their spot in the 2020 Gold Cup Finals.
Gold Cup 8pm Semi-Final – Shottas (26) Coca Cola (6)
The Gold Cup 8pm semi-final was a much-anticipated matchup between Shottas and Coca-Cola. With Coca-Cola coming into the game hot off their first-round win, a shootout was to be expected between two of the top 3 Gold Cup teams. However, a combination of the Shottas explosive offense and shutdown defense, showcasing multiple key plays coming by touchdown passes from QB Demetri Chisholm, and excellent coverage form DBs Thomas McField and DeAndre Simpson. Coca-Cola managed to put a touchdown in the books, however it would not be enough to advance to round two. With Coca-Cola finding their stride post-lockdown, it will be exciting to see what this team is up to in the 2021 season next spring.
Silver Cup FINAL - BNP (36) Cayman Auto (8)
In the 3rd and Final round of the SILVER Cup, fans would get to see BNPs BBQ face off against Cayman Auto, who were coming right off a dominating 39-6 Semi-Finals win over the #1 Silver playoffs team, Maples. BNP were no underdogs though, striking quick and often, QB Jordan Stubblefield found speedster Brett Eden for multiple touchdowns. Although Cayman Auto had a few big plays of their own from QB Robbie Cribbs deep bombs to Silver MVP Michael Smikle, the defensive prowess of BNP would be the difference maker, taking a “bend but not break” stance in the red-zone. Ultimately, BNP would raise the Championship trophy in the 2020 Silver Cup Final! BNP’s Vania Cornwall would be named the female MVP for the Silver Cup Final’s match.
Gold Cup FINAL – Popeyes (28) Shottas (19)
In the Gold Cup Final match of the night, it would be Popeyes and Shottas who would take the final stage. The matchup would not disappoint, and had many members glued to the sidelines to see who the new champ would be. Popeyes would strike first with Brendon and Lisa Malice sharing the QB spot. On the other side of the ball, Shottas, led by Demetri Chisholm, would answer right back and even the playing field mid-way through the first half. Both teams would bring heat on defense, and scoring was something that each had to work for. Chelsea Green would add another touchdown for Shottas and Oliver Parker would complete his second of the game. However it wouldn’t be enough to answer to each of Popeyes strikes from Larue Nixon and Paul Chin. Excitement was definitely felt from start to finish, and the game would end in a Popeyes victory. Lisa Malice and Larue Nixon would receive the female and male Gold Cup MVPs.
Stay tuned to our social media pages IG: @ciffaky and facebook.com/ciffaky, and visit our website www.ciffa.ky for updates on our upcoming Mixing Bowl League featuring the first ever drafted 8-man league on the Men’s side and 6-man league on the Women’s side. Both kicking off the fast-paced rocking action at the CIFA field in Spotts/Prospect on Saturday October 3rd at 2:15pm!