The Kings County Steelers traveled to Kings Bay field to take on the Kings Bay Panthers in NYCYFL Peanut Division play on Saturday, October 18.
The Steelers jumped out to a quick first half lead when quarterback Sal Miciotta hit wide receiver Artie Acevedo for his only reception of the day, as Acevedo galloped 58 yards for the touchdown sending the Steelers into the half with an 8-0 lead.
The second half brought one of the day’s most electrifying moments when Miciotta lofted a 20-yard strike into double coverage to rookie wide receiver Faheem “Junior” Clark who blazed 41 yards past the Panther defenders to reach pay dirt.
The touchdown reception was the first of Clark’s young football career and pushed the Steelers’ lead to 16-0, where it would stay as the Steelers took home their second win of the season.
The Steelers’ defense continued its season of exceptional play, led by defensive end Acevedo who finished with two fumble recoveries, two solo tackles and four assists.
The defense also boasted strong performances from defensive lineman Carmelo Santana and linebacker Sean DellaTorre, who contributed five assists each.
The defense welcomed the return of cornerback Jojo Nardiello who protected the edge with a vengeance. The victory also served as a coming-out party for cornerback Mikey Negron who made two critical tackles for losses and forced a fumble defending the run and solidifying the Steelers at both corners.
The Steelers’ stellar play on offense was largely due to the unsung heroes of the offensive line and the excellent protection given to Miciotta, allowing him to deliver the ball to his receivers and running backs.
Offensive linemen Daniel Torres, Oscar Zheng, DellaTorre and Vincenzo DeRiggi provided protection rivaled only by a king’s guard detail. The Steelers’ offensive line has performed superbly as the Steelers’ offense has run and passed for over 400 yards in five games this season.
A number of Steelers contributed to Saturday’s victory. Miciotta completed six passes for 125 yards and led the Steelers in rushing with three carries for 22 yards. Acevedo led the Steelers in receiving yards with one touchdown reception for 53 yards and Clark recorded two receptions for 45 yards with a touchdown.
This Steelers win brings their record to 2-2 with one undecided game on the season in the NYCYFL Peanut Division.
Photo courtesy of the Kings County Steelers
Artie Acevedo and Faheem “Junior” Clark in action.