by Sam Banner
A Saturday evening game at Tipton Sports Academy is always special, especially with Birmingham Lions and Sandwell Steelers legend Jay Alexander providing commentary for the game, and the Steelers certainly stepped up in the first half.
From the first whistle, the Steelers defensive line left a mark on the Romans offence leading to a quick three-and-out on the opening possession and the pass rush in the QB’s mind. After a short punt from the Romans, the Steelers offence took the field and immediately started dominating in the run game leading to an opening touchdown from RB Eddy Oguns.
Another three-and-out, including a sack from the defensive line, led to the Romans punting short again, giving QB Oscar Russell the chance to lead another touchdown drive, with RB Eddy Oguns walking into the end zone.
The first quarter was finished off by a passing touchdown from QB Oscar Russell and another touchdown run from RB Chris Hanbury, showing great strength as the offensive unit pushed him over the goal line.
This was very much the story of the first half, as the Steelers pounded their way to a 51-0 lead at half time.
With the mercy rule leading to a running clock after the break and what some would call a drop in concentration from the Steelers, the Romans stepped up in the second half limiting Sandwell to one more touchdown – a pick-6 from Legion of Swag DB Rob Jones and managing a pick 6 and a touchdown of their own.
In other club news, the Sandwell Steelers Women’s programme unveiled their new “Black Out” uniforms at half time, to cheers from the crowd and Adult team. The Adult team hopes to follow suit later in the season.
AROUND THE NFC1 SOUTH
Lancashire Wolverines 31-15 Nottingham Caesars
Sandwell Steelers 57-12 Chester Romans
KALEIDOSCOPE PLUS GROUP WATCH
With Rob Jones’ second half interception returned for a score, the Legion of Swag’s 2019 tally currently sits at FOUR interceptions and TWO touchdowns, totalling £160.00 so far for the Kaleidoscope Plus Group.
The Steelers will finish off their 5 week run of consecutive games this Sunday 12 May 2019 at home against the winless Doncaster Mustangs.