The 3Lynx Boyz and the Paradise Games Wildcats are the men and women’s champions after the inaugural two-day Bahamas Flag Football League (BFFL) Heroes Tournament that wrapped up on Sunday on the fields outside the old Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
In the men’s division, the 3Lynx Boyz out of Grand Bahama played a familiar foe in the Skye’s Limit Rock Boyz. It was an all-Grand Bahama final. In the end, the 3Lynx Boyz scored a close 12-7 victory, lifting their third championship trophy this year. Wide receiver McKell Bethel was the Most Valuable Player (MVP). The 3Lynx Boyz also won the Grand Bahama Flag Football League (GBFFL) Championship and the GBFFL Invitational this year.
The Wildcats, from New Providence, shut out Zero Tolerance out of Grand Bahama, 20-0, in the ladies championship game. Wide receiver Carlene Johnson was the MVP. Like the 3Lynkz Boyz, the Wildcats added three championship trophies to their cabinet with this win. They won the BFFL championship trophy and the Sand Wars trophy this year.
Winning the men’s 5v5 division was the Abaco Sharks. They took down the AnkleBullies. The visiting Cayman Islands team won the 5v5 co-ed division, taking down Wildside.
Tournament organizer Bianca Lee said that the weather held up well and the local teams, the islands, and international teams came to represent.
“The championship games saw many of our visiting teams compete. The competition was real and it was a fantastic tournament at a high competitive level,” Lee said.
The Wildcats had three different scorers in the championship game, including two in the second half. In the first half, Danielle Zonicle caught a ball in the end zone on a perfect pass to put the Wildcats up 6-0 before they got the extra point to go up 7-0.
In the second half, the Wildcats used a slant play from their own territory to score. Tai Dorsett caught the ball and sprinted from the left side of the field to the right side and was a runaway train as her teammates got some good blocks to help her, and she did the rest. Dorsett ran right down the sideline and into the end zone for the touchdown.
“It was the same play where we scored on them the day before,” Dorsett said about her touchdown. “I saw the green light and I ran my gasket out trying to get into the end zone but I made it a lot faster than I thought.”
The final touchdown came from Johnson. That came on a fake pitch by quarterback Natasha Whymms. Johnson sprinted down the field and caught a pass. She took two steps and got into the end zone for a touchdown to put them up 19-0. Kicker Danae Capron’s extra point was good and they went up 21-0.
Head Coach Dwight ‘Doc’ Marshall said that the ladies competed at a high level.
“It is a relief,” Marshall said. “The ladies set the goal high. They are very competitive, even in our practices. They did it for our fallen coach Phil Rahming so they were motivated by that. They stuck to it. We played that team yesterday and we got the drop on what they were trying to do, and we knew based on our players who have speed that we were going to use that to our advantage. They are experienced ladies and have a lot of leaders on the field.”
Defensive coordinator for the Wildcats Davaughn ‘Spurs’ Edgecombe spoke about his team’s tenacious defense and their game plan.
“From a defensive standpoint, we knew he had one of the best defenses in the tournament. We wanted to set the tone early with pressure up front to make the quarterback dance in the pocket. We wanted some more picks but we kept them in check and held them off the board,” Edgecombe said.
There were 21 teams that participated in the tournament. Lee is hoping to have more teams in next year’s tournament.