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Late touchdowns lift Steelers

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Author:  Brad Coccimiglio
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A pair of late touchdowns were ultimately the difference.

A 27-yard touchdown run by Josh Gauthier with 5:14 to go in the fourth quarter lifted the Sault Steelers to a 23-10 Northern Football Conference win over the Sudbury Spartans Saturday night at Rocky DiPietro field.

The major came with the Steelers trailing 10-8 at the time in a game that saw the home side fall behind 10-0 in the opening half.

“It was key,” said Steelers Coach Brandon Lewis. “It was vintage Josh.

Gauthier finished the day with 104 yards rushing on 11 carries and a pair of touchdowns.

The victory improves the Steelers record to 2-2 after a road win last weekend in North Bay.

“Everything you do in your first year is great but when you know the type of competitors we have on our team, it’s possible for us to push the best teams in this league,” Lewis said.

Sudbury opened the scoring on a 13-yard field goal in the opening quarter by Massimo Cimino.

In the final minute of the opening quarter, Sudbury’s Sean Moore caught a two-yard pass to increase the lead to 10-0.

“The first half seemed to be very tough on us, more mentally than anything,” Lewis said. “There were some mistakes and penalties to start the game. That can take a toll. We hung in.”

Steve Hiiemaa would run the ball in from 68 yards out late in the fourth quarter to seal the Steelers win.

Hiiemaa finished the day with 130 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Offensively for the Spartans, Josh Cuomo had 55 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Defensively for the Steelers, Matt Gauthier had six tackles while Dalton Povey had 5.5 tackles. Tom Twentyman had five tackles and Jon Bujold had 4.5.

Erik Conrad and Matt Furlino had six tackles each for the Spartans, who fall to 1-3.

The Steelers return to action on June 23 against the Steel City Patriots. Kickoff at Rocky DiPietro Field is set for 7 p.m.

Gauthier Gallops to Winning Score

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He’s not the player he once was.

At age 35, Josh Gauthier is no longer the record-setting, championship-winning, nearly-unstoppable running back who once wreaked havoc on Northern Football Conference defences.

But he’s still awfully good.

Gauthier ran 27 yards for the go-ahead touchdown on Saturday, as the Sault Steelers rallied from a 10-0 deficit to defeat the Sudbury Spartans 23-10 at Rocky DiPietro Field.

With the home team trailing 10-8, Gauthier ran a counter, bolting nearly untouched into the Spartans end with 5:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Alanzo Clarke ran in a two-point conversion and the Sault had a 16-10 lead.

Seeing how hard the Spartans were pursuing on power-running plays, Gauthier said he “told Ashton to call a counter,” referring to offensive coordinator Ashton Young. “I took two or three hard steps to the right and the whole defence shifted. You could run a semi through the hole.”

He didn’t need quite that much room, however.

“But once that happened I could use my wheels,” added Gauthier, who had scored earlier on a four-yard run and finished the evening with 104 yards rushing on 11 carries.

“The Gauthier play was the key to the game,” added head coach Brandon Lewis, whose club won its second straight, improving to 2-2 on the season. “It was vintage Josh. He wasn’t going to be stopped by arm tackles. You get him the ball and magic happens. He’s not even in game shape and he’s still a dominant player – absolutely.”

According to Spartans head coach Junior Labrosse, Gauthier’s run was a game-changer.

“That broke our back,” Labrosse added. “They had Gauthier hidden inside. And he paused with the ball until things opened up.”

“I don’t have that top gear like I used to have,” Gauthier admitted. “I’m so far from being what I used to be. But game smarts is something I’ll always have.”

Meantime, three minutes later, the Steelers sealed the win with another impressive run. Stevan Hiiemaa broke a series of tackles and galloped 68 yards for another touchdown.

That made it 22-10 with 2:03 to go in regulation.

Cam Basham booted his second convert to wrap up the scoring.

Jesse Hill had the other point for the winners, nailing a punt 35 yards for a single just before halftime.

“It was a big character win,” said Steelers head coach Brandon Lewis, whose team plays host to the Steel City Patriots this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rocky DiPietro Field. “We made some mistakes and took some penalties and the first half was very tough on us. But at halftime we talked about leaving the first half behind us.”

Lewis said he thought his team managed the ball better in the second half. And the Steelers defence “had a heck of a game,” he added.

“We were strong and we hit hard,” said first-year linebacker Tom Twentyman, who finished with five tackles. “We had a lot of guys playing a lot of snaps, but we dug deep and found a way. We’re getting better every week.”

En route to completing 9-of-23 pass attempts for 246 yards, Spartans quarterback Hunter Holub hit Sean Moore with a two-yard scoring strike. Massimo Cimino converted and also booted a 17-yard field goal.

“We played three-quarters of a game,” said Labrosse, whose club fell to 1-3. “We had some mental breakdowns. Our offensive line played its best game so far this season, but penalties killed us.”

Notes: Hiiemaa ran for a game-high 130 yards on 10 carries. Clarke went 2-for-7 passing for 22 yards.

On defence, Matt Gauthier had a team-high six tackles for the Sault. Dalton Povey added 5.5 while Jon Bujold was credited with 4.5 tackles. Ron Kelly had an interception.

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Sault Steelers are back

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Author:  Brad Coccimiglio

After a year away, the Northern Football Conference has returned to Sault Ste. Marie.

The Sault Steelers returned to action on Saturday night at Rocky DiPietro Field against the Tri-City Outlaws.

The team took a hiatus in 2017 after low players numbers during their spring tryout.

In August, the organization announced intentions to return to the league this season and began the recruiting process.

The team held recruiting nights during the winter and player interest led to the team having 24 players signed with the intent to play just before Christmas.

Longtime Steeler Brandon Lewis, who will serve as coach this season, said in December that the hiatus may have helped interest.

“It’s weird to say it, but maybe the fact that (the program) had gone away (played a role in players being interested),” Lewis said. “A lot of players over the course of a few years who said they want to play and at some point are going to play, that time ran out because it was gone, and now those guys are showing interest, which is good. We’re really putting it out there that we want to come back and we want to come back strong.”

The team was officially welcomed back at the NFC annual general meeting in January.

“Steelers anchor” McBain Dies

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As far as Barry Rushon is concerned, Don McBain meant everything to the Sault Steelers football team.

“If it wasn’t for Don, there would be no Sault Steelers,” Rushon said on Saturday. “He was integral in keeping things going.”

McBain, a former Steelers linebacker beginning in the late 1970s, but best known as the team’s president or co-president for nearly 20 years, died Friday night after a short battle with cancer.

Rushon, who began coaching what was then known as the Sault Storm in 1996, also called McBain “the Steelers anchor.”

During the 1999 and 2000 seasons – especially – Rushon said McBain kept the franchise alive.

Player numbers were down, losses were up and Rushon was coaching alone.

He ran the offence, defence and special teams.

“I was totally by myself and he did everything for the team behind the scenes,” said Rushon, who stepped down as Steelers coach in 2010.

That involved fund-raising, marketing, handling the finances and all interaction with the Northern Football Conference.

Rushon said the two leaned on each other.

The former coach spoke of how McBain offered support for “anything I might need.”
If it wasn’t for McBain, “we wouldn’t have made it,” Rushon added. “He was very stoic, logical and genuine. He always took the high road and always did the right thing. We were the best of friends and I’m devastated. My family also knows Donnie and we’re all heartbroken.”

Sandra McBain spoke of her husband’s love of football and his background in business as making for a perfect combination.

“Football was part of his life. He loved it,” said Sandra, who also listed NASCAR among her husband’s sporting passions. “And with the Steelers, it was never about him. It was always about everyone else.”

Inducted into the Northern Football Conference Hall of Fame as a builder in 2008, McBain began feeling ill in this spring. He was diagnosed with cancer in June and died at Algoma Residential Community Hospice.

McBain was very private about his illness, leading to shock among many in the Sault’s football community.

“He didn’t want to burden anyone,” explained Sandra, who spoke of the love her husband had for her and their children, son Rory and daughter Sarah.

McBain was a player on the Steelers 1980 NFC championship team. But what made him most proud, Sandra said, was the fact the team captured three NFC and three Canadian Major Football League championships over a four-year span.

That run of dominance began in 2007. The Sault also secured NFC and CMFL crowns in 2009 and 2010.

Rushon said the highlight for he and McBain was the 2009 CMFL championship game, played locally at Rocky DiPietro Field.

Rushon said McBain and Jean Rushon, Barry’s wife, served as co-chairs for the event.

The Sault defeated the Edmonton Stallions 65-6 and Barry Rushon noted how “we had in excess of 5,000 people at the game. Donny worked hard to make that successful.”

After the team’s 2007 NFC and Canadian championships, McBain enjoyed seeing the Steelers win the H.P. Broughton Trophy, as the city’s sportsperson of the year, while being honoured as a city Medal of Merit recipient.

“When you stay with a football organization this long, there’s a reason for it,” McBain told The Sault Star after receiving his NFC Hall of Fame induction plaque.

“He was one of the most-genuine people and one of the people most passionate about football I’ve ever met,” Rushon said.

Sandra McBain said visitation at Northwood Funeral Home is slated for Wednesday.

However, as of Sunday night, times had yet to be finalized.