29, 2009, 7:40 p.m.
STEELERS 27, LIONS 6
Plymouth-Canton Steelers varsity squad defeated the Canton Lions, 27-6,
Saturday night at Central Middle School in downtown Plymouth.
Stephen Cook was pivotal for the Steelers' offense as was
Jonathan Jamssens. Mike White engineered the Steelers' offense while
Derek Young had a tremendous day on both sides of the ball.
Defensively, Wesley Weber elevated his play on defense and Aaron Martin
had several key plays as well.
James Hall led all Lions rushers with over 80 yards while
scoring the Lions' lone touchdown from 40 yards out. Quarterback Andrew
Hunt connected with Nathan Michalik on a 35-yard pass play, while
Austin Fisher and Anthony Kenney played well on the offensive line.
Daniel Tidwell and Ben Cockrum led the defense in tackles, while Robert
Daoud was solid on special teams.
VARSITY: LIONS 12, STEELERS 7
DaMarcus Kaigler's interception late in the fourth quarter
sealed the victory for the Lions. The Lions jumped out early behind
Chuck Turfe's long touchdown run. Allante Wheeler added a score in the
second quarter, to up the lead to 12-0.
Austin Stoneburg helped hold down the line of scrimmage on both
sides of the ball. The two teams will meet again Sunday at 2 p.m. at
the PCEP varsity stadium in round one of the playoffs.
Jacob Marsh was outstanding on offense for the Steelers, making
several nice receptions, including one that resulted in the Steelers'
lone TD. Devin Cameron was also instrumental for the offense, running
th ball hard throughout the game. Justin Vitez and Kevin Justice both
stepped up and made several tackles.
FRESHMEN: STEELERS 6, LIONS 0
The victory improved the Steelers' record to 8-0. The offense
was led by Dylan Stackhouse, who was the leading rusher. He also scored
the game's lone TD on an interception return. Vincent VanDerRoest blew
open huge holes on the offensive line while Lou Baechler was
instrumental on defense, wreaking havoc from the noseguard position.
Christian Pearson had several huge tackles as well.
The Lions' defense was led by Myles Beverly, Spencer Brown, Alan
Farmer, Joey Glunt, Evan Voyles, Tevyn Smith, Noah Brown, Cody Tapp,
Victor Abraham, Brad Tyszkiewicz and Jason Arnold.
The offense was stifled during the game by the tough Steelers'
defense, but it was led by the blocking of David Mason, Julius Crouch,
Ethan Balogh, Connor Flanigan and Carter Kahl. The Lions move on to the
first round of the playoffs and look to avenge a 12-6 mud bowl loss to
the Brighton Bulldogs.
The Lions junior freshmen dominated the first half against the
Steelers, running 23 offensive plays to the Steelers' 11. Defensively,
Justin Reynolds returned an interception back 80 yards for a TD while
KameronArnold and Robby Begley registered quarterback sacks.
Offensively, Steven Shoats Thomas gained hard-fought first downs with
second-effort runs while Bennett Austin and Justin Reynolds carried the
bulk of the rushing load. Reynolds scored a TD in the eighth
The hard-hitting play of Lawrence Austin, Preston Parana and
Ethan Locke limited the Steelers running game in the second half.
Darrell Harding, Jr., Michael Linderman and Gary Hicks contained the
outside edges and took away the Steelers' passing game. The defense was
led by Bennett Austin, who had a season-high 18 tackles.
Although the Steelers outgained the Lions 18 first downs to
eight, keeping them out of the end zone proved to be the game-deciding
Steeler highlights included an excellent defensive stand late in
the first half, which deprived the Lions of momentum going into the
intermission. Seven Steelers swarmed the Lions' back on fourth-and-3.
Keagan Whitczak sparked the defense with aggressive play and several
The Steelers ended the game with a Logan Walkley TD, his second
of the game. Quarterback Jake Cain orchestrated the offense while
linemen Dean Kaye, James McCarthy, Nick Prevo and Nicholas Downs opened
holes for the backs with explosive, block-to-the-whistle execution.
Carson Miller and Benjamin Bennett contributed sterling offensive