Plymouth-Canton Steelers varsity squad dropped a hard-hitting 57-33
contest to Rochester Sunday afternoon at Stoney Creek High School.
The offense was led by Bilal Martaza, who demonstrated strong blocking, opening huge holes for Stephan Cook, among others. Nick Poet also sparked the offense with his strong work on the offensive line.
Jacob Boucher proved to be a wrecking ball for the Steelers' defense with several key stops. Justin Sydlowski elevated his play on defense by disrupting the Redskins' offense throughout the game, while Zachary Griffith played strong on the line.
DEFENSE SHINES IN JV VICTORY
The junior varsity Steelers upended the Redskins, 7-0. Benny Phillips was the solid foundation at center for the Steelers' offensive line, setting up the lone TD -- a 50-plus-yard quarterback sneak by Gregory "Gooch" Williams. Jacob Marsh's second catch of the game was in the end zone for the Steelers' extra point.
Noseguard Benny "NASCAR" Smyth and defensive tackle Nate "Gozie" Gozdor helped seal off the runs up the middle, while Alex Nicholson applied pressure to the Rochester quarterback.
FRESHMEN IMPROVE TO 6-0
The Steelers' freshmen contingent remained unbeaten with a lopsided 32-0 victory over the Redskins. Aaron Garbarino anchored the team's "Gold" offense from the center position while Nicholas Saker and Chase Willis both did an excellent job blocking from the tight-end position.
Vinnie Convertino led the Steelers' defense with excellent defensive-back play. Bryce Lynn played hard-hitting football at noseguard and Christian Pearson had several huge tackles from his defensive tackle spot.
JUNIOR FRESHMEN EXCEL
The Steelers' junior-freshmen squad turned in a six-score, 14 first-down performance against the overmatched 'Skins.
Quarterback Jake Cain scored on runs of 40 and 25 yards, Carson Miller ran for a 41-yard TD (in addition to ripping off several drive-sustaining runs) and Logan Walkley continued his knack for finding paydirt on runs of 45, 60 and 44 yards.
The Steelers were led in the trenches by Nicholas Downs, Drew Poet, Kurt Roulin and Jonathan Simpson. Defensively, Seth Troszak sparked the defense with his tenacity and full-out pursuit.
Benjamin Bennett had a 50-yard interception return and a 20-yard reception on a pass from Cain, while Zachary Sweet continued to put in solid performances. Sweet's consistency at linebacker is a main factor in the Steelers' stinginess in the middle of the field against the run.