Steelers fall to 2-3 after loss to Ottawa (Video Added)Sunday, July 08, 2012 by: Brad Coccimiglio
With three road games to end the season, the Sault Steelers wrapped up their home schedule on Saturday night.
The Steelers played their final home game of the 2012 Northern Football Conference regular season in a 31-9 loss to the Ottawa Invaders.
The locals fell behind 14-0 by halftime and couldn’t recover in the loss, scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter and then picking up a pair of points on a safety, both in the final minutes of the loss.
“It’s obviously a tough loss,” said Steelers player/coach Brandon Lewis. “Ottawa came and played tough football. They’re big on the line and very physical. They ran the ball well. They had a few big pass plays in situations that set them up pretty well.”
Quarterback Mike Tassone completed eight of 16 passes in the loss for 110 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Todd Hicks caught three of the passes for 66 yards and the lone Steelers major. Bryan Babic ran for 109 yards on 19 carries for the Steelers.
“Offensively, we were successful on a lot of drives,” said Lewis. “Our running game was moving well and late in the game we were able to pass a bit. Our drives were nice but we weren’t able to finish. We were getting into the redzone and not getting points. That’s a little frustrating but you take the positive from that. We had some good time of possession and ball control.”
Danny Mullins led the Invaders offensive attack, catching three passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Curtis Cates caught a pair of passes for 63 yards. Joe Doherty (seven-yard catch); Bill Fletcher (18-yard catch), Adam Gourgon (nine-yard run) and Jeff Morris (31-yard field goal) completed the Ottawa scoring in the win.
Highlights (Shot and edited by Adam Gualtieri)
The Steelers hit the road and finish the season with three-straight road games, beginning July 14 in Oakville.