By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Trenton — The Trenton Steel has suffered another heart-breaker. The team has been close in all three games this season.
Yet, they can’t seem to get their first win of the season right now. As a result, the Steel lost to the Fayetteville Force, 56-53, yesterday afternoon at the Sun National Bank Center.
“It’s deja vu,” said Steel head coach Rod Miller. “We got to get over the hump and over the edge. As I told these guys, we can still do well and we can still win. All we can do is focus on getting to the second season. Once you get to the second season, the regular season record doesn’t matter.”
The Trenton Steel has dropped to 0-3 on the season. They have also lost all three games by a combined 9 points.
The Steel are on the road on Friday night at the Erie Explosion. The Explosion defeated the Steel in the second game of the season.
The Explosion are currently 3-0 in the Northeast Division. The Steel are currently last in the Division with the 0-3 mark.
With the win, the Force improved to 3-0. The Force are home next weekend against the Columbus Lions on Saturday night. It is Fayetteville’s third home game of the season.
The Steel got within three-points with nearly two minutes remaining. Keon Lattimore scored on a rushing touchdown to make it 56-53. Prior to that, the Force’s Lamar Little scored a touchdown to make it 56-46 with 5:12 remaining in the game.
Lattimore scored again at 8:24 in the fourth quarter to get the Steel within 3-points at 49-46. The Force’s Derek Scott made a field goal to make it 49-39.
The Steel’s Gladel Brutus intercepted Little and took it to the end zone to get the Steel within 7-points at 46-39 at 7:18 in the third quarter. Prior to the Steel’s touchdown, Steel kicker Craig Camay made his lone field goal of the game at 10:54 to make it 46-32.
Camay was one-for-four on the afternoon. He was 6-for-8 coming into the game.
“He was off (yesterday),” said Coach Miller. “You’re going to have days, where you’re not always on. And you’re going to days, where you’re always on. It’s not just him, it’s going to be a lot of people. A lot of guys got comfortable (yesterday) and performed the way they needed to. We have to go back to the basics of fundamentals.”
Shortly after halftime, the Force’s Chris Johnson scored a rushing touchdown to make the score 46-29 at 13:22.
Little connected with wide receiver Jay Jackson with 12.4 in the second quarter to increase the lead to 37-29. Prior to another missed Camay field goal, Little connected with wide receiver Tymere Zimmerman at 47.7 to put the Force up two at 31-29. The touchdown was set up after Steel quarterback E. J. Nemeth was picked off by Force defensive back Roger Williams.
Little connected with wide receiver Chris Schubert at 2:16 in the second quarter to make the score 29-23. Nemeth connected with Antoine Rivera at 4:01 in the second quarter to make the score 29-16. The Steel tackles the Force’s kick returner in the end zone to receive a 1-point safely to make it 22-16.
“The Force’s guy came up on a jam,” said Rivera of his touchdown catch. “And I got a good release on him. E.J. threw me the ball and I caught it. I wanted to get into the end zone so bad.”
Nemeth connected with offensive lineman Mike Trice at 6:44 in the second to make it 21-16. The touchdown was set up after Little fumbled the ball and Steel defensive back Chris Pollard recovered it.
Prior to the fumble recovery, Nemeth connected with Damon Harrison for a touchdown at 8:54 in the second to make it 16-14. That touchdown was also set up by a Steel fumble recovery.
Prior to the touchdown, the Force sacked Nemeth in the end zone. That improved the score to 16-7. The Steel got the ball after Little was picked off by defensive back Chris Pollard.
Nemeth connected with Harrison again at 5:00 in the first to make it 14-7. Little connected with Jackson twice for the Force’s first two touchdowns at 10:43 and 6:56 to push the Force lead to 14-0.