Steelers romp Colts, set up chance for championship game
With seconds left in the Steelers game against the Colts, Ed Guevara was watching his counterpart’s every move.
Guevara, the Steelers’ linebacker, watched the Colts quarterback reach back and launch a pass.
With the pass in the air, Guevara surged, catching the errant pass and sealing the Steelers’ win Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park in the final week of Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker Football’s regular season.
The Steelers won a battle of 4-1 teams with a 31-19 victory.
“That was probably my best play,” said Guevara, who also plays quarterback. “Because it kept them from scoring.”
Guevara ran for two touchdowns and threw another one to Dusty Taylor.
Running back Dylan Kincade did his best to emulate the Pittsburgh Steelers’ former running back Jerome Bettis by hammering the ball inside in a Bus-like fashion.
One of those runs saw Kincade blast through several Colts defenders for more than 50 yards and a touchdown.
“The whole time I was thinking, ‘Keep running and don’t look back,'” he said.
Kincade wound up with two rushing touchdowns.
Helping the running game was lineman Cutter Barnes.
“My best play was when I was blocking for Ed’s touchdown,” Barnes said.
Barnes’ teammate on the line, Trystan Campbell, was equally effective on offense and defense.
“I had a lot of tackles today,” he said. “I like defense more because I get to tackle guys.”
The Colts jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on their first drive of the game.
The Steelers responded quickly and tied the game on Kincade’s long run.
An equally long run by Guevara put the Steelers ahead, 12-6, and he followed it up with another rushing touchdown to give the Steelers an 18-6 advantage at the half.
With the Colts knocking on the door after closing the score to 18-13, Guevara was flushed out of the pocket, and he threw the ball down the field and into Dusty Taylor’s hands for a touchdown.
“I just ran down the field. I didn’t think he was going to throw it,” Taylor said. “I was just trying to get to it.”
Trent Vernon paced the potent Steelers defense with seven sacks.
“I had a pretty good game,” he said. “I would have had a touchdown, but it was called back.”
Aiding Vernon was outside linebacker Matthew Beran, who played a vital role on the Steelers special teams.
“I had a good day,” Beran said. “My best play was on a kick return, when I leveled one of the Colts.”
To face the Cardinals in next week’s championship game, the Steelers must defeat Hayden on Thursday.
And Keenan Hildebrandt won’t take the Tigers for granted.
“We have to play both halves,” he said. “We have to keep playing smash-mouth football.”
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