Monday, July 6, 2009

Marauders defeat the Steelers 22-14.

before l get started...l would like to say that we wish a speedy recovery to our Superback #34. he broke his arm in the game and we dedicate this win to him. heart and soul are hard to come by...he has that in spades.

The Sault Steelers came in 5-0 and were looking to beat us to make sure we had to travel to the Sault if we met up again in the playoffs...well, it didn't happen the way they would have liked and now we hold the tie breaker. the game was odd....they jumped out to a early lead and l heard some laughs and comments that they felt that we were not on their level. maybe we aren't..but we played a better second half and got the win.

our defense ...flat out , punched the Steelers in the mouth for 3 quarters. The run attack for the Steelers is their bread and butter...we play the run very ,VERY well. the tailback on the Steelers is very good and we limited him to 41 yards...on the other hand our RB 'the BaibenExpress'...ran for 103 yards. Baiden missed the first 10 minutes because he was at a wedding.

our special teams set us up all day....JHood, J-Earls.....your new nick name is 'The J and J Electric company....'

The Soo came out chucking....they got a few breaks and they did what good teams do...make you pay. Once we settled down and l figured out the play sheet..we took what they gave and l made our superior speed the focus, there is not a team in this league that can match our talent...sure you may have a few ballers but we are stacked with ballers at every position. heck, our QB situation is nuts...we can beat you 3 different ways.

we only had 3 o-lineman there...the guys filled in and made it work. maybe N-T is our new centre?...not likely but he played like a did Kuz..Flex..Willard..Simon..Rouse(keep your head up)..Hicks..Des..most of these guys are not O-Lineman and they showed me that ballers can play anywhere.

we outgained them...out hit them...outplayed them. but only in the second half...we got thumped in the first quarter.l'm sure they would love to play us again...but like l always say..' it's not about what they's about us''

l was told that this was a big win for us...maybe it is, l understand we have a long way to go...this is just one win but now we know that we can beat anyone...l'm sure the NFC knows now that Milton is for real.

next week we get the Tri City doesn't get any easier...but hey, if it was easy it wouldn't be any fun.

l love this team.

oh....what the heck..l'll say it.

two years ago you beat us badly, ran a two minute drill when you were up 41-0, tried to threw a 50 yd pass with 10 seconds left when you were up by 56-0....l watched your team not clap when our guys were injured and coming came to our house with little or no respect. don't get me have some class guys...l really like a ton of guys on that team but these are the facts.

we got no gifts...we earned that win.. if you don't think so...l don't care.

l write guys cash them.


here is the article in the Sault star..enjoy.

">We committed far too many undisciplined penalties on offence, our defence took some dumb penalties and our special teams gave up a lot of punt return yardage. Steelers head coach Barry Rushon

Steelers finally bend

Posted By the sault star


The Sault Star

So much for an undefeated season.

Putting forth what head coach Barry Rushon called “our weakest effort of the year,” the Sault Steelers dropped a 22-14 decision to the Milton Marauders Saturday at Hamilton’s Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Despite suffering their first loss of the Northern Football Conference season, the Steelers remain in first place in the eight-team loop with a record of 5-1.

With the score tied 14-14 and just 1:38 remaining, the Marauders recovered a lateral in the Steelers end zone to seal their fourth win against one setback.

“We didn’t play very well and all three of our units didn’t do the job they were capable of doing,” said Rushon, whose team is off this Saturday but returns to action July 18 with a home game slated against the Toronto Maddogs. “We committed far too many undisciplined penalties on offence, our defence took some dumb penalties and our special teams gave up a lot of punt return yardage.”

“I’m disappointed with how we played, but I’m not upset or angry,” said defensive tackle Brandon Lewis. “Milton gave us everything they had and they played a full 60 minutes. It’s hard to say what happened to us.”

When pressed, Lewis did say he felt as if the Steelers allowed themselves to get into a war or words with the Marauders.

“There was a lot of jawing going on between the two teams and that’s not our style,” he noted. “That didn’t benefit us. It took us out of our normal game.”

Prior to scoring the winning major, Milton was punting with the wind at its back from the Sault 50-yard-line.

Rushon said return man Kyle Gauthier fielded the punt in the Steelers end zone but, not wanting to surrender a single point, attempted to lateral the ball to his brother, Josh Gauthier.

“It didn’t work out,” Rushon said. “Milton recovered it for a touchdown.”

The Steelers were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play and, after adding the convert, the Marauders kicker took advantage of a short field by booming the ensuing kickoff through the Steelers end zone for a single point.

That completed the scoring.

“I’m not disappointed by Kyle’s decision,” Rushon said. “It was a spur-of-the-moment thing and I’m not going to second-guess what he did.”

Ron Kelly, on what Rushon estimated was a 65-yard scoring pass from quarterback Travis McLean, and Josh Gauthier, on a three-year run, gave the visitors a 14-0 halftime lead.

Neither a scoring summary nor game statistics were made available.

Despite the early lead, both Rushon and Lewis didn’t think the Sault deserved it.

“We were lucky to be up at the half,” the Steelers coach said. “We were given a gift.”

When asked if his team was overconfident, Rushon answered in the negative.

“We were just out of sync from the opening whistle,” he said. “We didn’t run or throw well and penalties took us out of what we wanted to do.”

Rushon also blamed the layoff, which was forced on his team by Kingston forfeiting the previous Saturday’s game at Rocky DiPietro Field.

“It was unsettling for our team to not play a scheduled game last week,” he said. “That took a lot of the wind out of our sails.”

For his part, Lewis thinks the loss to Milton might eventually provide a benefit.

“It’s certainly an eye-opener,” he said. “This lets us know we have to come to the field more mentally prepared at all times.”

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