Women’s title is third straight for the Wildcats; Avengers finally prevail
After waiting for two years, the Bahamas Flag Football League (BFFL) returned to action and was able to complete a full season. Two champions were crowned with the Caro Contractors/TTF Outlet Avengers winning the men’s division and the Paradise Games Wildcats claiming the title in the women’s division.
Playing at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Independence Day, the Avengers found the right formula after going to six finals in eight years and coming up short. Their defense showed up and they took down the EDLC Lions 20-3.
Head Coach for the Avengers Robin Shepherd said that this is redemption.
“We have been fighting for this for a long time and it is sweet. After all these years, we finally got one. It is a great team and a great day. We had a game plan coming in and we executed that game plan. The team played tough,” Shepherd said.
For the Wildcats, it was an emotional victory as they dedicated the win to their former leader Philip Rahming who died last year. They shut out the Ground Up Construction Pink Panthers 16-0 in a defensive game, winning their third straight title.
Wildcats Defensive Coordinator Devaughn Edgecombe said he was happy with how the ladies played.
“We came into the season with a dedication. The pandemic derailed our three-peat and, unfortunately, we lost our leader Rahming during the pandemic. We came in and told everyone to lock up and load. It was a lot of pressure to dedicate the season to someone like that. I am glad that the team was able to rally and win,” Edgecombe said.
The Avengers came into the game as the underdogs as the Lions were the pennant winners. It did not stop the Avengers from coming out and putting points on the scoreboard first. It was a pass from their quarterback and the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Andy Bodie that got them started. Bodie threw a pass to wide receiver Shannon Balfour for a touchdown and the extra point was good. The Avengers went up 7-0.