On a typically overcast northern Sunday, the Steelers found themselves up against old foes the Doncaster Mustangs to begin their 2019 campaign in the NFC1 South.
Sandwell started off well on defence, forcing a safety through DB Peter Roden in the first quarter to open the scoring and with a small squad of dedicated players Doncaster struggled to move the ball for much of the rest of the day.
With QB Tristan Varney able to stand tall behind a stout offensive line, he picked apart the Doncaster defence throwing a pair of touchdowns to both WR Louis Haines and WR Alex Salter. With RB Raph Chisholm able to run in another, the offence stamped their mark on the young season.
The defence, however, didn’t just stop at adding a safety to the scoreboard as Roden ran in a pick-six on one of the few pass attempts thrown by Doncaster’s QB, and swarmed to the ball all day long against a tough run game.
After a shutout from the defence and 48 points from the offence on the road, the Steelers look forward to an opening home game this weekend against the Nottingham Caesars who beat the newly promoted Chester Romans in their first game.
AROUND THE NFC1 SOUTH
Chester Romans 6-7 Nottingham Caesars
Doncaster Mustangs 0-48 Sandwell Steelers
Shropshire Revolution 15-8 Lancashire Wolverines
KALEIDOSCOPE PLUS GROUP WATCH
With the pick-six, ‘Legion Of Swag’ member Peter Roden has ensured that the LoS’ running total for donations to Kaleidoscope is already at £25.00 for the season, as the defensive back group have pledged to donate £25.00 for every interception or fumble recovery by a member of the group during the 2019 season. We’d argue they should add the safety to the list, too…
Sandwell Steelers vs Nottingham Caesars
Sunday 21 April 2019, 2pm kick-off
Tipton Sports Academy, Wednesbury Oak Road, DY4 0BS