by Sam Banner
After a mid-season break of a few weeks, the Steelers faced the Lancashire Wolverines, a playoff team in 2018, and the day certainly didn’t lack excitement. With a uniform clash that saw the Steelers don the colours of the University of Birmingham Lions, and a bus crash meaning the team had to carpool to the game, everything seemed stacked against Sandwell.
However, this didn’t dampen spirits as the team pulled together to take the win in the Northern drizzle. The game started with a bang as DB Rob Jones forced a fumble on the first play of the game, recovered by DT Adam Bates. After a short drive, RB Raph Chisholm punched in the first touchdown of the day with a punishing outside run. The defence forced a 3 and out for Lancashire on their next drive and WR Louis Haines ran in a pass from QB Tristan Varney for a 66-yard touchdown.
Lancashire did respond, however, with one of their running backs slipping through numerous tackles to take the score to 13-6 early in the first quarter. On the ensuing kick off WR Louis Haines added another 82-yard touchdown return to his total, followed by a 2-point conversion. An action packed first quarter came to a close with a tipped pass landing in LB Oheeul Chaudry’s hands, followed by another touchdown run from RB Raph Chisholm, and a pick from DB Sam Busher leaving the score at 29-6 to the visitors.
The Steelers offence stalled in the second quarter, but DB Peter Roden stepped up with a pick 6, inspiring RB Raph Chisholm and WR Louis Haines to collect their third scores of the day respectively. Roden wasn’t done though as he finished the half with another interception and the score stood at 49-6 at half time.