By David Bonner
The Bellevue Steelers rode a four-game winning streak into their championship game Sunday night, facing Nolensville for the AA title.
It was a beautiful night at Vanderbilt Stadium and the Bellevue fans and cheerleaders were in full force, waving their terrible towels and standing and cheering for the whole game.
Both teams came out ready to give their best in the final game of a long season.
Nolensville jumped out to the early lead, capitalizing on an interception thrown by the Steelers on the first play of the game.
Quarterback Sampson Johnson scored on a long touchdown run, putting the Panthers up 7-0. After Bellevue was unable to move the chains, Johnson scored again, this time on a punt return.
The Steelers had no answer for the Panthers quarterback, who had all four Panthers touchdowns. The Steelers found themselves down 27-0 at the half.
In the second half, the Steelers came out determined to close out the season strong. The defense tightened up and tackled well. The offense began to click and Icsom Church got the Steelers on the board in the third quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run.
The two teams battled hard in the second half. The Steelers offense continued to move the ball well but couldn’t produce any additional points. The early deficit proved to be too much to overcome, and the Steelers ultimately fell 27-6, ending a memorable season for the players and fans.
Head coach Clarence Wilson summed up the season, “I’m extremely proud of our boys. The season was a huge success as the boys learned fight through adversity and achieve success.
“Although we were unable to take first place from Nolensville, our team improved their football skills, fundamentals, and their desire to compete,” the coach said.
“That’s what youth sports is all about. This is only the beginning for these great young men and I know they will never forget the fun they had and the relationships they built playing for the Bellevue Steelers.”
The TNYFL hosted an incredible championship weekend for the players, families, and fans. It was an awesome experience playing and cheering at Vanderbilt Stadium in front of their families and friends.
The partnership with Vanderbilt and the Franklin American Music City Bowl makes the TNYFL the premier youth football league in Tennessee.
The 2017 season will start next July, with football and cheer camps being held in May and June.
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Steelers AA Fall Short at Vandy