On a mud-slicked field which was a lot of fun for the playersbut not so much for the moms who would have to get the players’white uniform pants clean, the Packers came from behind with a latesecond half score to gain a 12-all tie with the Steelers in aPeewee game.
The teams swapped touchdowns in the first half with the Steelersscoring first. Matthew Rossetti, following a great block by centerColin Trainor, broke free on a 30-yard jaunt right down the middleof the field for an early 6 to 0 lead.
The Packers came right back on their first possession, but theyground out the yardage on a nearly nine-minute drive. AntonioMarino and Antonio Perfetto chewed up the turf in little bites asthe Pak worked its way to the Steeler five-yard line. From there,Robert McCool finished off the drive with an end sweep behind anice block by Tahmauri Bobo to put six points on the board and tiethe game.
The score remained that way until10 minutes were left in thegame. This time, it was the Steelers who put together a long drivewith Nikolas Gargano and Jason Porcaro grinding out the yardage asthey drove to the Packer five.
This time, Rossetti faked to the inside but changed his route toslant off right tackle and followed Dallas Rivera into the end zoneto give the Steelers a 12 to 6 lead. Now it was the Pak’s turn onceagain and they took a little over six minutes off the clock ontheir next drive that ended up with Perfetto blasting his waythrough the Steelers’ defensive line to score from five yards out.The game was tied with 4:38 left in the game.
The Steelers could not mount much on their next possession andwere forced to punt. Packer returner Christopher Natelli returnedthe punt to the Steelers 20 but the Packers went four and out asthey attempted to run as much time as possible off the clock.
But the Steelers would not give up as they drove towards thePacker end zone reaching the six-yard line. With no time-outs left,the Steel men tried a running play to the outside but Jack Ryan andDevin Belmer tackled the ball carrier, keeping him from reachingthe side line which kept the clock running.
The Steelers desperately tried to line up for one more play butthe horn sounded, ending the lively 12-all tie.