Game 9: Trenton Steel @ Erie Explosion

May 13, 2011

FOURTH QUARTER

TRENTON LOSES 90-79.

:35 left — Nemeth forced to throw up a jump ball to Dan Huff…but it’s picked and that’s your game.

1:01 left — Defense can’t get a stop…Concepcion again. Ojeda PAT makes it 90-79.

1:41 left — Damon Harrison with the TD grab, and a Nemeth-to-Turner 2 point conversion has it cut to an 83-79 game.

4:15 left — Tirone Morris with a TD over Brutus’ head. Not a good night for anyone in the secondary. Erie up 83-71 after the PAT is missed

5:00 left — From a content standpoint, I had pre-arranged a post-game interview with coach Miller on the field after the game. Ummm…well…about that…

5:34 left — Rod Miller thrown out. Got his second unsportsmanlike conduct flag during the break. Shawn Liotta celebrating the ejection. I’m sure he’ll read this…as I was reminded by the Erie staff last time we were here that they do. Good. Very “sportsmanlike” display there, coach.

5:34 left — Nemeth with a TD run while Erie wasn’t even paying attention. They go for two and get it, but Turner is flagged for offensive pass interference (shocker). 77-71…they go for it again…but before they do, Rod Miller gets flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. I’d be willing to bet he finally blew his top at the officiating crew. Nemeth’s 2 pointer picked off.

9:34 left — Uno for Ojeda. Trenton down 77-65.

9:34 left — Concepcion again. Forget getting a stop, have to try stopping just him…Derik Steiner blocks the PAT, and Trenton’s down 76-65.

11:27 left — One yard TD run by E.J. Nemeth, his 19th of the year, and a Camay PAT cut it to a 70-65 game. Again…you need a stop here.

12:52 left — Kevin Concepcion TD. Water wet. Sky blue. Grass green. Erie leads 70-58.

Chris Pollard back on the bench but not on the field with the rest of the defense…his night likely over.

THIRD QUARTER

STEEL DOWN 64-58

:57 left — Know who else you aren’t stopping? Oderick Turner. Man. 11 catches, five for TD’s for him tonight. Back and forth here tonight in Tullio Arena…Trenton has GOT to get a stop at some point. 64-58, Erie up.

1:25 left — Kevin Concepcion with his fourth grab of the night. Not stopping him. Just not. Erie up 13; 64-51.

2:32 left — That was a long drive to not get six points, but Trenton settles for three on a short Camay field goal. 57-51.

8:36 left — Mike Andrews blocks the PAT…but gets called for illegal defense. Erie re-kicks and gets it, and Trenton’s down nine; 57-48. Lots of time left.

8:36 left — Ernest Jackson with the TD grab to make it 56-48…but that’s not the story. Chris Pollard came up lame on the play and was grabbing his right hamstring. He’s down in pain in the end zone. Cannot lose him tonight. Cannot.

9:58 left — Trenton’s down two points. Erie has two uno’s. Trenton hasn’t tried one yet. You figure it out.

10:05 left — Oderick Turner with a TD grab on the left side on the first play…Trenton cuts it to 50-48. Camay’s PAT…snap issues, Huff tucks it and runs, and he doesn’t get in.

10:28 left — Bad news? Kevin Concepcion with his 3rd TD grab of the game. Good news? The PAT was botched, and the lead is at 8. Bad news again? Ojeda probably goes for an uno here.

SECOND QUARTER

ERIE LEADS 44-42…THEY GET BALL IN THE SECOND HALF

:00 left — Ojeda with a 33 yard field goal attempt…the snap is botched and he boots it into the stands! After a LOT of discussion, it was ruled the ball never crossed the line of scrimmage and that penalty would be declined and the half would end.

Last Steel drive…

:24 left — Turner again…but there’s a lot of time left on the clock. 44-42, Erie.

:38 left — Tirone Morris with a TD grab in the back of the end zone. Erie up 43-35…PAT makes it 44-35.

:53 left — DiMichele coughs up the ball after a short run, but the refs say he’s down. Of course.

1:00 left — One minute warning…

2:51 left — Oderick Turner…all he does is catch touchdowns. He does it again on a quick hit up the left side, and Trenton cuts it to 37-34…Camay’s PAT makes it 37-35.

5:46 left — Another uno by Ojeda…not something the Steel try often, and Camay is certainly capable. Anyway, 37-28 Erie lead.

5:46 left — Next play…Concepcion with a TD catch. 35-28 Erie. PAT…36-28 game.

6:14 left — BRUTAL call by the officials…one of a few tonight. Matt Leotti had a deflected interception instead called dead.

Nemeth run…

7:46 left — Another rush TD by Nemeth after two catches by Turner…Camay’s PAT makes it a 29-28 game.

9:22 left — David Ball with a TD catch…seems the ball squirted out, but they rule that the play stands. That after a big pass interference penalty. Erie up 29-21.

Rivera catch, Huff catch, Nemeth run

10:21 left — E.J. Nemeth with a 6 yard TD run…and the Steel are down just one…22-21.

13:04 left — Morris gets under center near the goal line and runs it in with ease. Erie now up 22-14.

14:45 left — Nemeth gets sacked on fourth down, and it’s Erie ball.

FIRST QUARTER

ERIE LEADS, 15-14…

2:15 left — Dan Huff TD catch negated by a flag…

2:47 left — Outstanding kickoff return by Damon Harrison…he dumptrucked Morris on his way to the Explosion 12 yard line…46 yard return.

2:57 left — Tirone Morris with a short TD grab up the middle…Erie ties it, 14-14. Ojeda…good. 15-14, Erie.

4:55 left — Didn’t get it…fourth and 12 conversion on a pass play up the left side by Adam DiMichele.

5:40 left — Mike Andrews with the sack for the Steel on third down…big play right there. Need a stop.

Harrison catch…

7:46 left — Two catches by Dan Huff, one by Oderick Turner…and a short TD catch by Damon Harrison…a Camay PAT puts Trenton back up, 14-8.

12:33 left — Carlos Ojeda hits an uno…and Erie’s up 8-7.

12:33 left — Kevin Concepcion with another TD catch against Trenton…this one a bomb up the right side after Gladel Brutus dropped a sure interception, and it’s a 7-7 game.

14:18 left — That quieted the crowd pretty quickly.  E.J. Nemeth to Oderick Turner for a touchdown up the right side…Craig Camay with a PAT…7-0 Steel lead.

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7:15 PM — Erie wins the coin toss, defers…they’ll kick off to Trenton.

7:05 PM — Kickoff in about ten minutes…

Game 9: Pre-Game Notes

May 13, 2011

6:55 PM — The Erie PA announcer just commented on the Steel roster and announced to the crowd: “There’s no way they can compete.” 

The Explosion are never at a loss for words…

6:25 PM — For those curious on the photos, the lighting here…as is the case just about everywhere we’ve been to — our place included — isn’t the greatest.

6:00 PM — Some pregame photos to hold y’all over until gametime…

Will Blanden

Brandon Clarke

Matt Leotti

Line coach Rob Stanavitch…if a statue were to be made of the man, it would likely look something like this.

Director of Operations Frank Susino helping out with pre-game work…

3:15 PM — The Trenton Steel have arrived at Tullio Arena for their big game against the Erie Explosion…

As you know, Keon Lattimore and Mike Bibbs won’t be here…but the list of those missing will be a lot longer than that.

Justin Fumando, Eric Bullock, Melik Brown and Carl Spellman all could not make the trip due to work issues, which leaves the team quite shorthanded going into such a big game.

Bibbs And Lattimore Leave; Blanden Signs, Leotti Returns

May 12, 2011

(PR) The Trenton Steel Indoor Football Team announced linebacker Keon Lattimore and defensive lineman Mike Bibbs have left the team, and that defensive back William Blanden has been signed to a contract and will be active for Friday night’s game in Erie.

“Both Keon and Mike, due to off-the-field and personal issues, and the team, came to a mutual decision for them to depart,’’ said Steel head coach Rod Miller. “The timing isn’t the best, but it is what it is and we move on.’’

Lattimore, the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, has 46 tackles and three interceptions for the 5-3 Steel, aiming for its sixth straight Southern Indoor Football League win at Erie Friday. Bibbs added 11 tackles and four sacks.

“Both are excellent players, and performed well for us,’’ said Miller. “We thank both for their contributions.’’
The 26-year-old, 5-foot-9, 190-pound Blanden, a native of Waterbury, Conn., was an all-around performer at Howard University. Wide Receiver Matt Leotti was also re-signed.

VIDEO: Post-Game Interviews (Miller, Bibbs, Pollard)

May 7, 2011

Steel Win Fifth Straight

May 7, 2011

Trenton takes their fifth straight with a 78-36 victory over Harrisburg…a Damon Harrison TD catch with a few seconds to go and Mike Andrews fumble recovery accounted for the late scores…stay tuned for post-game reaction.

Game 8: Harrisburg Stampede @ Trenton Steel

May 7, 2011

FOURTH QUARTER

1:00 left — Steel up 64-36 at the one minute warning…

7:54 left — And a Najah Pruden TD rec will pretty much seal this one…Trenton got off to a rough start, but really came on to take control of this one. 64-36.

14:23 left — Oderick Turner does it again! Another TD grab for Turner and the Steel up the lead to 57-36.

THIRD QUARTER

STEEL LEAD 50-36

1:07 left — Mike Bibbs absolutely demolished Brian Harris with a clean sack, and Harris went down and stayed down for a while…Bibbs forced a fumble on the play. Trenton ball.

Steiner run and Turner TD grab

6:20 left — Oderick Turner with another TD grab, and the Steel get the lead back up to 14.

7:47 left — Brian Harris with a one yard TD run after a penalty plagued drive — Charles Graves pick was called back and Gladel Brutus got hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty — and Trenton’s lead is cut to 43-36.

10:11 left — Harrison with another short TD rec, and the Steel are back up by 13…42-29. Camay going for the PAT…43-29.

12:18 left — Cipra with a 35 yarder, and the Stampede are down just seven.

Harrisburg set to receive…

FIRST HALF STATS

First Downs HAR 7 TRE 9
Pass Yards HAR 117 TRE 98
Rush Yards HAR 10 TRE 9
Penalties HAR 4-26 TRE 2-13

SECOND QUARTER

STEEL LEAD, 36-26.

Harrison TD catch…

6.8 left — Damon Harrison with a TD catch…36-26…Camay…no good.

:27 left — Fourth down for the Stampede…Cipra coming on for a 37 yarder. Got it. 30-26

1:00 left — Harris is back after Richard Johnson came in for a few plays. He did not attempt a pass.

2:20 left — Brian Harris knocked out of the game with a cut on his head after what appeared to be a clean tackle by Tyrell Zimmerman…but a dead ball personal foul was called. Don’t get that one.

3:02 left — Nemeth picked by Richard Johnson on a long pass…

4:15 left — J.R. Cipra trying for a field goal of his own to cut the lead to seven…from 31…he got it. 30-23, Steel.

7:30 left — Craig Camay on for a 39 yarder…he pulls it left.

10:25 left — Pollard steps up again…Harris sidearmed the throw and just tossed it right to Pollard at about the 5 yard line up the right side. Awful throw.

13:50 left — Chris Pollard just absolutely laid out Terry Jackson in the end zone. He’s down…now he’s helped to the bench.

FIRST QUARTER

STEEL LEAD, 30-20.

00.0 left — Dan Huff with a TD catch on a free play after the Stampede go offsides…

1:00 left — WHAT A SEQUENCE! Keon Lattimore almost picks the pass, but Terry Jackson catches it…Melik Brown never slowed down and jarred the ball loose on the tackle. Charles Graves caught the loose ball in mid-air and ran it back to the 8.

1:43 left — Nemeth with a short run for the TD. Camay PAT is good. Steel lead, 23-20.

1:50 left — HUGE play right there…Gladel Brutus got burned a few times, but not there…big interception and huge return.

TD catch…

2:40 left — Nice TD pass by Nemeth to Oderick Turner…but Camay misses the PAT. Harrisburg up, 20-16.

3:54 left — Collis Martin gets behind the DB’s again, and Harris doesn’t miss him. 19-10. Cipra…20-10.

Turner catch…

4:15 left — 18 yard field goal by Craig Camay after a big catch by Oderick Turner…Steel now only trail, 13-10.

8:41 left — Passing touchdown by Harris to, uhhh…someone not listed on the roster. OK then. Stampede up, 13-7. (It’s LaRoi Johnson…he’s wearing #15, he’s listed as #9)

9:53 left — Offense just not in tune right there…two incomplete passes after some miscommunications, and then after a short catch by Damon Harrison, Nemeth can’t connect on a long pass down the field and the Stampede gets the stop.

12:14 left — Nice toss by new Stampede QB Brian Harris to a wide open Collis Martin on the left side of the field for six…but J.R. Cipra clanks the extra point off the right upright, and Steel cling to a 7-6 lead early on.

Huff catch, Nemeth run

13:22 left — A pass interference, Huff catch and Nemeth run have the Steel on the board early, 6-0.  Craig Camay’s PAT gives the Steel a quick 7-0 advantage.

14:52 left — Keon Lattimore returns the kickoff to around the Stampede’s 23 yard line…

Harrisburg wins the toss, elects to defer…Steel will receive the kickoff.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com // Twitter: Mashmore98

Game 8: Pre-Game Notes

May 7, 2011

4:15 PM — Clarke, Hickson, DL Eric Bullock and WR Antoine Rivera are your inactives.

3:30 PM — Sun National Bank Center is pretty dark right now, but that won’t be the case for long…the Steel are set to host the Harrisburg Stampede in about three in a half hours in what sets up to be another huge game for Trenton.

Trenton’s on a four-game winning streak, including a victory over the Stampede in their, uhhh…barn. But a new coaching staff in Harrisburg led to a surprising win over Erie last week, and they’re carrying some momentum of their own into tonight’s game.

As of now, it looks like the inactive’s are DB Brandon Clarke and DL Stephon Hickson…but I’ll confirm that prior to gametime.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

VIDEO: MILLER TALKS AFTER STEEL WIN, 69-41

April 29, 2011

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Game 7: Trenton Steel @ Fayetteville Force

April 29, 2011

FOURTH QUARTER

Heading down to field level for post-game reaction…I’ll update you on what you missed.

2:30 left — Camay’s field goal is blocked…

7:15 left — Steel going for it on fourth down…and Damon Harrison, after stumbling on the route, recovers to make the grab and get the first down.

9:32 left — Another stop for the Steel…up 28 and they have ball. Time to start running out some clock here.

13:28 left — Camay with another field goal, and Steel are up 69-41.

Some later action…

THIRD QUARTER

STEEL LEAD 66-41 AFTER THE THIRD QUARTER…

3:17 left — Jay Jackson connects with Little…nice grab in the left side by Jackson, and Fayetteville’s cut the lead to 66-39. They’re going for two. Little…shotgun…doesn’t get in! Well, scratch that…the officials rule he got in. Seemed clear he didn’t. 66-41.

3:34 left — Oderick Turner just sheds tacklers and goes for a 45 yard touchdown catch…great pass, great catch, great run…65-33 lead. Camay makes it 66-33.

4:16 left — Scott goes for a long field goal, and it’s way short…Steel ball.

4:45 left — Big Zim gets the sack…strong game from him.

6:48 left — E.J. Nemeth runs it in from short range…and Camay gives them the extra point. Up 59-33 with 6:48 to go here in the third quarter.

8:05 left — Tyrell Zimmerman and Keon Lattimore with a big 4th and 1 stop on Lamar Little. Steel ball, up 19. Huge stop.

10:15 left — Camay hits a 30 yard field goal…52-33 Steel lead.

13:00 left — Ford fumbles the kickoff return, and Keon Lattimore recovers at the 9…

Huff catch and Nemeth run

13:08 left — Nemeth with a 7 yard TD run…Steel up, 49-33, after the PAT

SECOND QUARTER

STEEL LEAD 42-33 THROUGH THE FIRST 30 MINUTES

3.2 left — Camay on for a short field goal try…28 yarder…wide right. 42-33 going into halftime.

:46 left — Derek Scott coming on for a field goal…38 yard attempt…wide left. Trenton still up 42-33.

1:00 left — One minute warning…

5:34 left — Turner with another TD catch, this time up the left side…he goes head first into the boards, but is thankfully OK. Steel up, 41-33. Camay makes it 42-33.

6:40 left — Nice little short jump ball pass and catch from Little to Zimmerman in the back left corner of the end zone, and the Force cut the deficit to three. Scott…hits it. 35-33, Steel.

9:14 left — Nemeth’s picked by Mann again…he threw it a little behind Turner, who got his hands on the ball, but couldn’t pull it in.

11:12 left — Camay does his “once a game” nail the up man with the kickoff routine that gets a key turnover. Steel recover and they’ve got the ball in a key drive here.

11:12 left — Oderick “TD” Turner with his eighth TD catch in his last three games and Trenton’s up 34-26. Camay’s kick is perfect, and the Steel make it a 35-26 game.

14:35 left — Walter Ford with a kickoff return for a TD…Force right back in it, 28-26…Scott missed another PAT

Scoring drive…

14:53 left — E.J. Nemeth with a short TD pass to Dan Huff…Steel up 28-20.

FIRST QUARTER

TRENTON LEADS 21-20 AFTER THE FIRST QUARTER

2:56 left — Little runs it in…Force trail 21-19. Scott PAT makes it 21-20.

4:40 left — Little jukes right into Mike Andrews, who gets the sack…

6:10 left — Nemeth to Huff for 22 yards and six points…nice pass right up the gut, and Trenton’s up 20-13. Camay…21-13.

8:01 left — And the Steel give it right back…Nemeth’s picked by Jerome Mann, who runs it back for six. Scott hits the PAT, and it’s 14-13 game.

9:21 left — Little throws a pick right to Keon Lattimore (I thought it was Carl Spellman…but I guess not. Hard to see the numbers up here)…I mean right to him in the end zone.

First drive…

12:10 left — Damon Harrison, who was in motion on the play, found just outside the end zone by E.J. Nemeth…he fights his way in, and Trenton’s up 13-6.  PAT makes it 14-6.

14:14 left — Lamar Little runs into the end zone unscathed from a yard out, and just like that, the Force are down 7-6…Derek Scott misses the PAT.

14:55 left — STEEL TOUCHDOWN.  The kickoff return fumbled by Roger Williams, recovered by Chris Pollard in the end zone and a Camay extra point makes it 7-0 five seconds in!

Trenton wins the toss, and they defer to the second half.  Craig Camay will get us started with the opening kickoff…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com // Twitter: Mashmore98

Game 7: Pre-Game Notes

April 29, 2011

6:00 PM —

Eric Bullock

Stephon Hickson

Getting pumped for some Steel football…

Pre-game stretch

Tyrell Zimmerman

5:45 PM — Behind the scenes…

4:30 PM — Here are some key comments from Steel head coach Rod Miller in his pre-game chat with the voice of the Steel, Daryle Dobos…

“I’m content with being 3-3 right now.  I think by no means did I expect us to be 6-0 at the first part of the season.  I knew the kind of situation that we were in and I knew the kind of team that we had.  But to be at this point, to be .500, to finish the last part of the first part of the season on a winning streak, that’s a positive that we look for.  We started off slow, but we want to build momentum to get better each week.  I think we’ve done that and now we’re at a point where maybe we haven’t turned the tide, but now we’re going to go to the center part of the season the way we left off the first part of the season.”

“You want to try to stay healthy as much as possible.  We’ve had some minor nicks and bangs here and there, but we’ve been fortunate enough to not have major injuries…a lot of things that we can help through rest during the week, which has happened a lot.  We’re resting them when we need to rest them.”

“Melik Brown was originally signed to the Steel before the start of the season, but he ended up getting an opportunity with the Philadelphia Soul.  He actually played a game, went on injured reserve and there were some job situations that didn’t allow him to go back.  Fortunately, he’s from our area and it worked out great for us.  He’s got experience, he’s played well, he’s played at a championship level at Baltimore last year.  He’s one of those guys who knows how to win.”

3:50 PM — The Steel have arrived at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC for their big game against the Force.  I’ll have some quotes from head coach Rod Miller from his pre-game chat with Daryle Dobos, which you can hear in its entirety during the Cici’s Pizza pre-game show at 6:45 PM.  Gametime is 7 PM.

Before the bus pulled into the arena, which has been the nicest road arena I’ve been to so far, the team dropped off a few boxes of food at the local Salvation Army.  As the FEMA signs and banners around the area can attest to, they’ve been hit hard by some of the recent bad weather down here — we dodged a few nasty storms down here ourselves — so it was nice for the team to help out those in need.  You can read more about that on TrentonSteel.com coming soon with a photograph courtesy of yours truly.

Trenton looks to win their fourth straight, but will have to do so with the following players inactive: Mike Bibbs, Justin Fumando and Najah Pruden.  Fumando especially had been stepping his game up as of late, but Melik Brown has been added to the defensive core to help fill in the gap…Stephon Hickson will also be active for the first time in a few weeks. 

Stay tuned for coach Miller’s comments and all the usual extras you’ve come to expect here at Titanium Times throughout the day and night.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com