Steelers Build Momentum for Playoffs
By David Bonner
The Bellevue Steelers finished up the regular season this past Saturday by sweeping all four road games. An early morning visit to Franklin saw the CC team control the game with a dominating defense as it beat the Cowboys 20-0. Jonathan Patterson, Juelz Lopez, and Michael Hoskins each scored touchdown for the Steelers. First year coach Chris Dobbins was very proud of the boys and their early morning effort. “I told the boys to get to bed early and be ready to play ball. They came out today with great effort and intensity. I’m very proud of them,” said Dobbins. The CC team looks forward to a great week of practice in preparation of their first-round playoff game this Saturday. The TNYFL playoffs some of the most competitive in the state as over a hundred teams will compete for a chance to play in the championship games which are held at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 5th and 6th.
Not to be outdone, the B team took a long road trip down I-24 to play the Blackman Blaze at Blackman High School. Both teams were jockeying for playoff position but it was the Steelers who improved their spot on this day, winning 19-6. The defense shined again, holding the Blaze to only one score on the day. The player of the game was Chaz Covington who was a beast on defense and also scored his first touchdown of the season. Kordale Keel and Trey Pearson also scored touchdowns for the Steelers, who look forward to their playoff game this Saturday against the Brentwood Blaze. Coach Luke Wilson explained, “The playoffs are what we have worked so hard for all season. Everybody is now tied and the winner takes all. Our team is ready to compete.”
In the third game of the day, it was the Steelers BBB team also making the trip to Murfreesboro, but a little further down as they took on the Riverdale Warriors. The BBB was playing without several key starters due to a stomach bug, but that didn’t stop their dominating performance on this day as they won 35-7. The defense was in the Warrior backfield most of the day. Reshad McDowell and Jacob Burge led the team in tackles, and the defense as a whole was exceptional. McDowell was again solid at quarterback and had three touchdowns for the Steelers, including a 75 yard score in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. Quarterback Ezana Milton also scored on a long touchdown run and tight end Jo Jo McDowell caught two passes on extra points. Running back Caleb Johnson was a triple threat on the day, racking up huge rushing yardage. As the teams kicker he pinned the Warriors deep time after time. Also the teams kick returner, Johnson took the second half kick-off and scampered 60 yards for a Steelers touchdown. Coach Robert Abernathy summed up the game. “When you play good defense and don’t turn the ball over you have a chance. Today we took advantage of some great field position and came away with the win.” It was a true team effort on the day and a real momentum builder as the Steelers get ready to face the Jefferson Street Bills this Saturday in Joelton.
In the final game of the day, the Steelers AA’s looked to extend their winning streak as they also faced the Riverdale Warriors. As usual, they Steelers offense featured a heavy dose of Icsom Church early in the game. The stand-out running back continued to power through defenders, scoring two touchdowns on offense and racking up several tackles on defense. Quarterback Drew Bonner ran the offense superbly. He scored twice running the ball and also threw a touchdown pass to Maddux Purkey. Keandre Johnson scored the final touchdown for the Steelers, putting the finishing touches on a 42-13 Steelers win. Running backs Browning Trainer and Javis Walker, Jr. also contributed heavily to the success of the offense. The Steelers defense once again left little opportunities for the opponent to score. With the running game shut down, the Warriors looked to pass the ball, but with no success. Recco McDowell had a big interception for the Steelers and there was little doubt how this one would end. Head coach Clarence Wilson was proud of his team’s effort. “The defense continues display great aggression and solid tackling,” said Wilson. “We still have a lot of work to do in order to reach our ultimate goal, the AA championship”. With the win, the AA Steelers earned a first-round bye and will travel to Nolensville in two weeks to play the Panthers. The winner will advance to the TNYFL Championship game.