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Game 2: Stats

March 27, 2011

PASSING

ERIE: Adam DiMichele 26-41, 343 yards, 9 TD-0 INT
TRE: E.J. Nemeth 23-45, 290 yards, 8 TD-2 INT

RUSHING

ERIE: DiMichele 4 attempts, 27 yards, 1 TD
TRE: Nemeth 4 attempts, 4 yards, 2 TD

RECEIVING (Rec, yds, TD, long)

ERIE

Conception, Kevin 13 122 4 19
Morris, Tirone 5 87 2 41
Jackson, Ernest 4 64 1 33
Riley, Trumaine 3 63 2 47
Mathis, Andre 1 7 0 7
Totals… 26 343 9 47

TRENTON

Huff, Dan 8 138 4 31
Harrison, Damon 8 53 3 19
Pruden, Najah 4 67 1 22
Turner, Oderick 3 32 0 16
Totals… 23 290 8 31

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Game 2: Post-Game Notes

March 27, 2011

— I’ll be using the time-tested Thunder Thoughts/Inside The Trenton Devils/PatriotsBaseball.com format of posts here.  So basically, there will be a pre-game notes post, an in-game post, a few post-game multimedia posts and then some post-game notes and thoughts.  So if you’re familiar with my other work, this will be no different.  If you aren’t, welcome.

— Tough loss.  Hard to really put it any other way.  The offense couldn’t be stopped for the most part, but the defense couldn’t get a stop at all.  E.J. Nemeth was sharp and Craig Camay was again very impressive in keeping the team in it with the kicking game…thought Dan Huff was probably Trenton’s best receiver and possibly best player.  I don’t have any stats yet, but I’ll be sure to pass those along when I can…will be curious to see the final numbers.

— Solid fan turnout tonight.  Not the packed house that I think a lot of people were hoping for, but it was a very vocal and enthusiastic crowd, and it was great to see all that Steel merchandise already in the stands.

— Things were getting interesting late when the Erie coach…not the head coach…made about ten repeated gestures towards his crotch in the direction of the Trenton bench after the Explosion scored what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.  As Steel head coach Rod Miller told me after the game, karma might just play a role down the road…as for me, I’d hope the SIFL would take a look at the Erie coach’s actions.  There are a lot of big boys on that Steel team, and they can handle themselves just fine…but to make inappropriate gestures like that in front of a bunch of kids is wrong.

— Apologies for the hectic nature of the post-game chat with E.J. Nemeth.  Still sort of working the kinks out, and I more or less have to talk to these guys before the autograph session starts.  It’s too crazy down there afterwards to do it any differently.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 2: Photo Gallery

March 27, 2011

R.J. Cobbs

Adam DiMichele

The Erie coach who made the inappropriate gestures at the end of the game...

Damon Harrison

Dan Huff

E.J. Nemeth

Chris Pollard

Najah Pruden

Mike Trice

Oderick Turner

Game 2: Post-Game VIDEO Interviews

March 26, 2011

Stay tuned for post-game notes…and more photos, video and analysis.

Game 2: Erie Explosion @ Trenton Steel

March 26, 2011

*******Fourth Quarter********

No time left — TD to Harrison, but the game’s over
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34 seconds left…DiMichele with a TD to Concepcion, and that’ll about do it. Way to stay classy by one of the Erie coaches with his inappropriate gesture.
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3:37 left…Huff having a monster game…another TD with some YAC to go with it. Camay makes the PAT and it’s 69-67, Erie.
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7:10 left…Nemeth finds Huff up the right side…nice effort by Huff to get in and make it a 69-60 game. 2 pt conversion attempt is tipped at the line.
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8:16 left…Nemeth’s pass from the five is tipped and picked off by Chris Johnson, who returns it for a TD.  HUGE play right there, that could be the backbreaker for Trenton.  69-54, Erie.  PAT up and no good…

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11:05 left…DeMichele finds Concepcion open on third down in the left side of the end zone for six.  63-54, Erie.  Going for two again…incomplete again.  Nice pressure by the D.

*******Third Quarter*******

1:07 left…Nemeth with a little screen to the right to Harrison, who runs it in for the TD.  57-53…Camay makes the PAT.  57-54 game.

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DiMichele avoids the rush, buys some time, and finds Riley cutting from the right corner of the end zone towards the middle for the TD.  57-47.  They’re going for two.  Pass incomplete.

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Trenton awarded one point for trapping the kick returner in the end zone…51-47.  One ref signalled a safety, but that’s not the case.

Nemeth to Najeh Pruden towards the left side of the end zone…51-46 game…Camay shanks the PAT way left.  It remains 51-46.

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Long TD pass by DiMichele to Tirone Morris up the left side…51-40, Erie’s up.

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Trenton goes for it on fourth down and converts…Nemeth finds Huff in the middle of the end zone for six.  45-39, Erie  Camay with the PAT…45-40 game.

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With 13:01 to go, DiMichele finds Concepcion in the front left corner of the end zone…he goes flying into the stands but maintains possession.  TD.  Erie up 44-33.  PAT attempt by Rowser…off the upright and in.  45-33, Explosion.

********Second Quarter********

Nemeth with a one-yard QB keeper with 7.2 seconds left.  38-32, Erie.  Camay for the PAT…good again!  38-33 ballgame.

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Morris with a KO return after a short Camay kick to the left side of the field…1:13 to go.  Rowser slips while attempting his PAT, shanks his kick and sends it into his own O-lineman’s calves.  38-26, Erie.

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Nemeth finds Harrison up the middle in the end zone to make it a 32-25 game…Camay for the PAT…it’s good…32-26 game.  1:20 to go.

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DiMichele finds Morris up the middle after a defender fell down…Morris eluded a tackler and found the end zone.  PAT good.  32-19, Erie, 4:04 to go in the half.

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Camay hits a mid-range FG…25-19, Erie.

Kickoff clanks off the scoreboard…Steel get the ball at the 25…will update after scoring drives from here on out.

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Well, that one counts.  Leaping grab by Ernest Jackson in the left corner of the end zone gives them a 24-16…Rowser on to miss the…err, attempt the extra point.  And he gets that one.  25-16 lead for Erie.

DiMichele to Riley for an apparent TD…but it’s called back for holding after Riley hammed it up to the cameras…

Erie’s got the ball up to midfield…DiMichele throws it away on first down after a few passes got him the initial first down…little confusion over the score there, sorry about that.

12:04 on the clock here in the first half as Camay gets ready to kickoff.  Great coverage by Trenton.  Riley gets it to only about the 6…

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Nemeth finds a wide open Dan Huff down the right side for a long touchdown…Nemeth jumps up in front of us here at the scorer’s station to celebrate on top of the wall.  Camay to make it one point game…and he apparently misses…18-16.

12:30 left as Erie kicks off…Lattimore fumbles it initially, but recovers and takes it to the 19…

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DiMichele finds Concepcion in the end zone…touchdown on second down.  18-1o, Erie.  Rowser pumps the PAT into the corner stands.  It’s still 18-10.

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Nemeth hit Turner up the right side…but Turner was juggling the ball and was hit by Chris Johnson, who picked off the ball and ran it deep into Trenton territory.

Nemeth overthrows Turner deep up the middle on first down…

Rowser kickoff into the stands…first down at the 20.

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DiMichele hits a long TD pass to Riley along the left wall on the first play of the second…just like that, Erie’s back on top, 12-10.  Rowser shanks the PAT way left…it stays 12-10.

********First Quarter********

Trenton up, 10-6, after one quarter.

Nemeth dives over the pile…and, TOUCHDOWN!  Steel up, 9-6.  Camay’s PAT is good…10-6, Trenton.

Nemeth keeper up the middle…does not get it.  Fourth down.

Nemeth scrambles to his right on second down  and finds Harrison at the one yard line up the right side.

Nemeth cant find Turner in double coverage in the left corner of the end zone…

Nemeth complete up the right side to Turner for about a 16 yard gain…

Erie kicks off with 2:45 left in the first…kickoff hits the rafters.  Trenton ball at the 25.

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DiMichele runs it in himself on first down…6-3, Erie.  Shon Rowser’s PAT off the left upright.

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Camay on to kick after a flag…BLOCKED and recovered by Erie.

Nemeth’s pass on 3rd down tipped at the line…

Short completion to Harrison right in front of me, but it’s called back…Nemeth then throws away a pass under pressure.

Steel first down…but Heyward drops the ensuing pass.

Nemeth throws out left to Huff, who was lined out wide…he gains maybe a yard, close to the marker.

After an Explosion off-side, Nemeth with a short completion to Harrison, short of a first…

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Watch Keon Lattimore’s return of the first ever Steel kickoff in Trenton

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Erie goes for it on 4th down, Gladel Brutus breaks up the pass…Steel ball.

Riley makes the 3rd down catch, but a great open field tackle by Trenton’s D stops him five yards short of the end zone.

DiMichele misses a wide open Trumaine Riley in the right corner of the end zone…3rd down

DiMichele throws it away after strong pressure by the Steel D…

Concepcion with a reception to about the 9…

DiMichele with a mid-range pass to Jackson, off-side penalty on Trenton declined by Erie.  Ball at Trenton’s 19.

DiMichele completes a short pass to the right to Jackson…

Erie starts their first drive from the 12…

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Camay makes a long field goal…Steel up, 3-0, with 12:19 left in the 1st.

Nemeth throws the ball away under pressure on 3rd down

Nemeth with two incomplete passes to Turner…

Lattimore returned the kick to the 17 yard line…

Trenton will receive the opening kickoff…

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Player Intros…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 2: Pre-Game Notes

March 26, 2011

6:15 PM — Craig Camay works on his kicks…

6:00 PM — Pre-game warmups…

The Trenton Steel stretch as a team prior to their first home game

DL Mike Bibbs

RB Keon Lattimore

5:45 PM — Steel offensive starters are as follows…

QB – E.J. Nemeth
WR – Dan Huff
WR – Damon Harrison
WR – Oderick Turner
OL – Joe Johnsonbaugh
OL – Mike Trice
OL – Nate Tucker
OL – Eric Bullock

4:45 PM — Getting used to my new spot in the penalty box.  Feels weird, considering I’m usually shaking my head at the players who end up there while I’m covering the Trenton Devils.  But, to say I’ll be close to the action this year…big understatement.  Can’t wait to provide you guys with the perspective from this close!

3:45 PM — Last minute preparations are continuing on the field as the Steel are now just hours away from their inaugural home opener…

You will, of course, notice that the Steel’s field isn’t ready yet…but the Harrisburg Stampede were kind enough to lend Trenton their turf…and the Philadelphia Wings also came through with the corners of the end zone, which will remain in place until parts of the team’s field makes it through customs and arrives.

So Trenton will be defending their home turf tonight…but only figuratively, not literally.

In any event, as the players are in the midst of their pre-game meal, both RB Keon Lattimore and K Craig Camay spoke about their excitement for the home opener.

“Oh man, I’m so excited,” said the personable Lattimore.  “There’s been a lot of anticipation building over Facebook, Twitter and all the websites.  Everybody’s promoting it and excited about it.  I’m excited, I just want to go out there and do my thing, give the fans what they want.  Let them know that football is back here in Trenton, hopefully to stay.”

Camay, who earned CO-SIFL Special Teams Player of the Week honors with a stellar performance in Week 1, says the home opener has him more nervous than he was for his pro debut.

“It’s our first home game, the home opener.  I had a good game last week, and people are expecting a lot out of me this week,” Camay told TrentonSteel.com

“I’m not going to let that get to my head, though.  Yeah, I got player of the week, but that means nothing to me.  I should be trying to get that every week from here on out.  I just need to build on it, get more experience, get more exposure and try to get better every week.”

Big things are expected out of both Camay and Lattimore this season, but especially Lattimore.  Arguably the team’s biggest star, Lattimore was used primarily as a receiver and return man, and didn’t have so much as a rushing attempt despite being the team’s top running back.  Don’t expect that trend to continue, he says.

“That team was a very experienced team we played last week,” Lattimore said.

“One thing you don’t want to do is go in there and set the tone running when it’s a pass-first league.  We didn’t want to get anybody hurt.  I want to reiterate that team had experience, they had been together for a while.  This team, it was our first time playing together.  I think the chemistry is great, but we’ve still got a long ways to go.  I know that we will incorporate the run, and a lot of other things, as we go.”

As for the Erie Explosion, who currently are the only team in the division with a win, Lattimore knows that they’re a team with bigger linebackers, which present challenges to him in both running and pass blocking.

“They’re way bigger than the linebackers we faced in our first game,” he said.  “We’re going to do some things differently.  We’re going to put a bigger back in there and move me around a little bit and try to create mismatches.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Welcome To Steel Gameday

March 25, 2011

Starting with Week 2 of the SIFL season, Steel Gameday will be the place to be for up-to-the-minute updates from the field both at home and on the road at Trenton Steel games.

I’m Mike Ashmore, and I’ve been brought in by the Steel to provide a blog to cover the team in addition to the stories on Titanium Times that you’re already reading during the week at TrentonSteel.com.  Some of you might already be familiar with my “Thunder Thoughts” or “Inside The Trenton Devils” blogs.  I’ve covered the Trenton Thunder for the past eight seasons, the Trenton Devils for the past three and have over 850 games of experience covering professional sports since 2003.

What can you expect here?  What can’t you expect, really…live in-game updates, photos, video footage and interviews, analysis, quotes directly from the locker room and so much more will become a weekly fixture here.  I’ll be traveling with the team on the road to provide updates from their games in Erie, Harrisburg and Fayetteville as well, so you’ll want to check back every gameday for the best coverage you’ll find of the team anywhere.

But Steel Gameday kicks off on Saturday night, when the Steel hold the inaugural home opener against the Erie Explosion.  I’ll be writing live from field level all season, providing the unique perspective of being as close to the action as it gets without actually putting a helmet on as the Steel go for the SIFL Championship.

Your comments, questions and suggestions are welcomed and encouraged.  I’ll check the comments on the blog during the game, and you can always reach me via e-mail at mashmore98 AT gmail.com.  And be sure to follow me on Twitter at mashmore98 for updates as well.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com