October 26, 2010 > Steelers grind down Eagles
Steelers grind down Eagles
By Kevin Yin
In a match between two teams trying to shake up the standings of the Fremont Football League's National Division, the Steelers defeated the Eagles 40-14 on Saturday morning, Oct. 23.
Striking first was the Steelers, who marched down the field on their opening possession, facilitated by a key conversion on fourth and inches by running back Clayton Reboca. Quarterback Marcus Sanchez capped the drive with a four-yard sneak for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, making the score 6-0 with 6:18 left in the first quarter.
After the Steelers failed to recover an onsides kick, the Eagles took advantage with great starting field position. On a fourth and five from the Steelers 17 yard line, Eagles quarterback Austin Walker found wide receiver Andrew Robinson for a 15-yard gain down to the two. Walker then scored on a sneak of his own, and with the two-point conversion failing, the score was tied at six apiece.
Sanchez and Reboca led the Steelers next drive, which featured tough running. Reboca eventually scored on a two-yard touchdown run. A successful two-point conversion in the form of an end around to wide receiver Daevon Brown brought the score to 14-6.
After forcing an Eagles punt, the Steelers tried to get one more score in before the end of the first half, but time expired after a Sanchez run that brought the ball all the way to the Eagles one yard line.
Undeterred by the lost opportunity, the Steelers recovered an onsides kick to open the second half. They used the opportunity to physically take control of the game, pounding the Eagles with a healthy dose of inside runs by Reboca. Reboca would score on a six-yard, off-tackle run to the left to increase the Steelers lead, 20-6, with 8:54 remaining in the third quarter.
Things quickly went from bad to worse for the Eagles. On their next possession, a shotgun snap on third and 14 went well over Walker's head. Walker managed to track down the ball, but was sacked by Brown for a massive loss. The ensuing punt was partially blocked, rolling dead at the Eagles' 23 yard line. Two plays later, Sanchez scored on a 20-yard keeper, and after a successful two-point conversion, the score was 28-6.
To their credit, the Eagles refused to quit. Two drives later, Connor Uomoto took a snap at quarterback for the Eagles, and hit Walker, who was lined up at wide receiver, on a quick sideline pass to the right. Walker then sprinted up the sideline for a 68-yard touchdown. On the ensuing two-point conversion, Uomoto got in the end zone on a tough run up the middle, cutting the lead to two possessions at 28-14 with 8:49 left in the game.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, that was as close as they would get. The Steelers next score was their most impressive of the day, with Sanchez pitching to Brown on an option run that Brown advanced 39 yards for the touchdown, bringing the score to 34-14 with 7:22 remaining.
After the Eagles fumbled on their next possession, the Steelers scored a final time on a five-yard run by Reboca to produce the final score.
With the win, the Steelers improve to 4-2, while the Eagles fall to 2-5. The Steelers play the 49ers next Saturday, while the Eagles will face the Rams.
In other FFL action, the Patriots defeated the Bears 22-12 for their first win of the season. The Patriots built a 22-6 lead, and held on for the win. Patriots' running back Michael Pablo scored two touchdowns and quarterback Colton Marshall provided the third score on a quarterback sneak, while safety Mikey Walker nabbed his first interception of the year. The Patriots defense benefited from the return of team captain Eric Kabigting, who forced four Bears fumbles.
Now 1-5, the Patriots will face the Jets next Saturday, Oct. 30; the Bears, 2-4, will play the Raiders.