Steelers Faces Tough Foe in Opener
By David Bonner
The Bellevue Steelers opened the 2016 season at home this past Saturday against the Jefferson Street Bills.
It was a bittersweet day for the program as they began each game with a moment of silence to remember Selik Thompson, a Bellevue Steeler who tragically lost his life in an auto accident in March, and Dreyton Simms of the Oakland Patriots, who passed away in a drowning accident on the fourth of July.
This season, the Steelers will wear “ST 36” on the left side of their helmets to honor Selik. A DS 3 sticker will also be worn to honor Dreyton Simms.
The Steelers and Bills communities came together Saturday as one to remember the boys and have a great day of fun and competition.
In the game of the day, the BB Steelers and Bills had a good defensive battle going much of the game.
The Steelers got on the board first with some great defense that caused safety to make it 2-0.
The Steelers offense came out passing and moved the ball well, eventually scoring on a pass from Seby Nelson-Cribb to Weston Willeford, to give the Steelers an early 8-0 lead.
The Bills defense stiffened after that but their offense struggled to move the ball. It looked as though the Steelers would post a shutout but the Bills intercepted a pass late in the second half and took it back for the touchdown.
The two-point conversion tied it up 8-8. The game stayed tied to the end of regulation and headed into overtime.
The Bills got the ball first in overtime but a huge defensive play by Alexander Dunomes, resulting in a turnover, gave the Steelers the opportunity to close out the game.
They wasted no time as Nelson-Cribb ran it in around the right side for the game winning touchdown and a 14-8 opening day victory.
Up next for the Steelers teams is a trip to Ben West Sports Complex to play the Donelson Warriors. The first game starts at 9 a.m. and admission is free.
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