Falcons Vs. Steelers
As the 1-0 falcons faced the 0-1 steelers to start off Week 2, everyone knew it would be a tough game. The steelers won the toss and chose to receive the ball. On the first drive, the Steelers tried to pass their way to a first down, but failed to score early and punted. The Falcons, however, started off with a run heavy offense. A couple of big plays later, the Falcons ended up on the 12 yard line getting ready to put the first points on the board. Falcons #25 Castellon lined up in wildcat formation and rushed to the right for the go-ahead 12 yard touchdown (FAL:7 STL:0). The Steelers would start their drive on their own 28, but turned the ball over on downs. The Falcons started with the ball on the Steelers 38, but were tackled for a 5 yard loss on first down. The Falcons #25 Castellon converted a crucial third down for the Falcons with a 25 yard run to keep the drive alive, allowing #80 Franklin to score the go ahead 15 yard touchdown off of a rush to the left (FAL:13 STL: 0). The Steelers would start the drive on their own 30, but once again failed to spark anything and would be forced to punt again. The Falcons would return the ball all the way to the 35, that brought us to the end of the first-quarter.A well placed pass by the Falcons put them on the 5 yard line The Falcons found themselves in a crucial third down position inside the red zone. The Falcons #80 Franklin once again found the open hole and pulled away with the touchdown. (FAL:19 STL:0). The Steelers needed some points on the board before the half ended. Unfortunately, they fumbled the ball away before they could get a chance to push down the field for a touchdown. The Falcons were on a short field, and were bound to reach the end zone again. With another important 3rd and 8, they barely reached the 20 for the first down. Falcons #16 Bettencourt had a 5 yard run up the middle for the touchdown. (FAL:26 STL:0) At this point, the Falcons were in slaughter rule, and forced a third and 12. The Steelers went back to pass, but were picked off at their own 39. On Second and eight, Falcons #80 Franklin worked his magic again and ran a 39 yard touchdown, just to be called back for illegal formation. On a second attempt, he ran for a touchdown, which was called back a second time for a block in the back. And as the saying goes, third times a charm as he ran a miraculous 30 yard touchdown for the last play of the half. (FAL:33 STL:0)The third-quarter started off in Slaughter rule with the Falcons on the 30 yard line. The Falcons did a pound and ground downfield until finally, a 19 yard touchdown pass was caught by number Falcons #11 DeLeon. (FAL:39 STL:0) The Steelers started out at the 30, and drove down the field to the 14 yard line when the third-quarter ended. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Steelers had a turnover on downs. A couple of big runs later, the Falcons are on the 19. With three minutes left in the game, #1 Myers got the 10 yard touchdown. (FAL:45 STL:0)The Steelers start on the 30 yard line and go for the deep ball. Falcons #80 Franklin picks it off for a 50 yard pick-six to finish off the game by mercy rule.
Players of the Week
Mauricio Zavaleta Jr.
Jr. may be the smallest player on the team, but he has the biggest heart and drive to finish what he started. Jr. can only play at limited position due to his height (almost 4′-0″ tall?) because he can’t see over other players. But Jr. did not let that stop him from making half a dozen tackles and never giving up on the plays. Jr. is the epitome of Mighty Mouse!
Cheerleaders of the Week
“Gentrie Evans is the Steelers cheerleader of the week. Gentrie, or “Ginger” as we call her, has worked really hard this season and it shows. Her enthusiasm has been contagious and she’s a wonderful team player. We’re really lucky to have her this year and I’m excited to see her progress further as the season continues.”
For this week’s Cheerleader of the week, we are selecting Karicia Ramos.
Over the past couple weeks she has shown consistent dedication and improvement. She fearlessly has mastered how to do a backflip, bravely supports her flyer as the back spot and is very dedicated to her team. She even practices her cheers and tumbling at school during recess. She has shared her artist talents and made the banner for the boys to run through last weekend. Great attitude and energy Karicia, Congratulations and keep up the good work!!
AJ has played in the FFL for the Saints, Bills and Raiders. He’s is now a Junior Coach for the FFL Raiders and is the starting Center on the Freshman team at Newark Memorial High School.