Game 6 – Darlington Steam vs DC Presidents MVP’s (19/09/21)
Team MVP: #79 Johnny Davies
What a game from Johnny. As usual, his defensive line work was top of the line but due to numbers dropping on the Offensive line, he jumped over and lit it up at RT. The blocking on #99 during the 2 point conversion was a sight to behold for sure!
Offence MVP: #64 Jack Curry
In my opinion, Jack’s best game for the Steam. Tasked with keeping #99 quiet, was easy pickings for the former GFL and Team Europe player. His blocking play and leadership was just top standard. Even making a TD saving tackle from an interception…. Jack stepped into the centre position after a player was ejected and led the Offensive line with aplomb.
Honourable mentions here are going to Josh Adcock who got back to his form which is great to see. Matthew Sanders, great running, excellent blocking, a lovely cut block and taking a large amount of snaps after Mikey Healey played at Safety and the departure of Matt Broughan. Matthew Stephenson played a great game at left guard, his confidence is picking up, and he is starting to make his presence felt on the line. But how can we leave out #18, Alex Crossley?! His first touchdown for the club and its an historical one. An 88 yard catch and run makes it the longest in Steam history…
Defence MVP: #11 Michael Gell
After frustratingly sitting out the majority of the season with a broken wrist, Michael finally made his debut, as what a day he had! Getting a sack, an interception, tackles for loss and down saving tackles, what more can you want from a debut?? A pick six? Give it time, it will come… Michael has a very bright future in the game alongside Rob Dowson and Taylor Shepherd in the LB positions.
Honourable mentions here could be endless but once again, Rob Dowson does Rob Dowson things… Patrick Humpert having back to back games where he is winning the battles in the trenches. Alex Coatsworth made a great return after injury too, a fumble recovery for a TD, multiple sacks, tackle for losses, he could have easily taken the MVP, but I believe Michael just pinches it…
Special Teams MVP: #25 Liam Teasdale
A great showing by Liam, who is really making a mark on Special Teams. Only starting the sport this season, he has really got his head into making sure the specials are clicking. Two plays in particular that he made were a massive tackle, stopping the returner in his tracks with a solid tackle. The second being a short kick by the DC Kicker landing to #25 and him ripping off a 35 yard return putting his team in great field position. Not only those, but his blocking and gunner play was exceptional.
Honourable mention for another returning player, Kicker and Punter, Diego Felipe, who’s directional kicking was perfect and helped his team get down the field to get early tackles in.