Steelers sweep bowl games in Delaware

Published 10:28 pm Friday, December 10, 2010

Shutout win: The Suffolk Steelers midget football team finished the season with a 7-0 win versus the Wilmington Hurricanes in a bowl game in Wilmington, Del., Saturday. The Steelers finished season 8-2 and with the Southeastern Virginia Pop Warner Conference championship.

The Suffolk Steelers might not be invited to future editions of the Hurricane Bowl in Wilmington, Del.

Two Steeler squads, the midget and pee wee teams, put victorious finishes on 8-2 records with shutout wins over their northern hosts Saturday. The Steelers beat the Wilmington Hurricanes 7-0 in the midget game and 46-0 in the pee wee bowl game.

On a very cold day, and a colder evening when the midget game kicked off at 5 p.m., the Steelers capped excellent seasons with dominant defense.

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Keandre Riddick scored Suffolk’s lone touchdown, on a 31-yard run, in the midget game and Deonte Diggs ran in the extra point. In Pop Warner rules, a kicked extra point is two points and a “two-point conversion” play is worth one.

The midget team is coached by Kevin Shepherd and the pee wee team is coached by Michael Knight.

The midget Steelers won the Southeastern Virginia Pop Warner Conference championship for the regular season and advanced to the regional playoffs in North Carolina.

The 46-0 rout was the second bowl victory for the pee wee Steelers. They won a bowl in Virginia Beach 38-0.

The Steelers thank everyone who came out to a fundraiser at the team’s fields a couple weeks ago.

“Everything people gave that day was very important to us,” Shepherd said.

The Steelers thank Napa, Big Lots, Goodman Septic Tank Service, Pope Automotive, Parish Logging, Public Works Sanitation Department, Please Wash Me Car Wash and the Suffolk Booster Club for being sponsors. Shepherd also thanks a number of auto racing teams, Brown and Sons, B Love, Wiggins and Scooby Dreams 1 and 2, for donating.

Shepherd, who played at Nansemond River, also thanks principal and former football coach Thomas McLemore for his influence on him in football and beyond.