📅09 December 2012
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By Regina Shiroma

Angels’ Joel Limtiaco shoulder-tackles the opposing offensive player to stop the play. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

In the Steelers’ first game of the season, the newest BFL team was shutout by last season’s champions, the Angels, 40-0.

Letting loose the first game jitters, the Steelers were able to hold the Angels to just one touchdown in the second half. Angels quarterback John Dillard flicked the ball back to Ryan Bigler who ran the ball in for a 15-yard touchdown. Mike Pangelinan dived on top of a fumbled ball for the extra point and the last score of the game.

In the last few seconds of the game, Bigler intercepted the ball and returned it into the end zone. However, a penalty was called against the Angels, and the touchdown was called back.

Steelers’ Joey Taijeron and Jon Rapolla make the tag team tackle on Derrick Haynes of the Angels. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

In the first half, the Angels scored in the opening minutes off a failed punt attempt by the Steelers. A bad hike caused punter Diamond Iriarte to be taken down at the one-yard line, putting the Angels in good field positioning. The Steelers were able to stop the Angels first attempt into the end zone, but in the ensuing play, Pangelinan punched in the first touchdown of the game.

Dillard connected with the wide open Corey Mitchell, who snuck into the end zone for a 10-yard reception touchdown to make the score 12-0.

Opening the second quarter, the Angels defense forced a safety following Joel Limtiaco’s tackle that put the Steelers at the one-yard line after the kick off.

Steelers’ John Mendiola looks towards the incoming defense of Angels’ Ryan Bigler. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

The Angels hit pay dirt again when Dillard handed off to Limtiaco who ran for about a 30-yard touchdown. Mitchell made the catch for the extra point making the score 22-0.

Issu Mendiola scored a pass reception touchdown with just four minutes left in the half. The extra point was good and the Angels led 30-0 at the half.

The Angels defense proved to be a formidable force despite the scorching heat. They forced two safeties, one in each half and allowed no touchdowns.


In other games:

The Raiders remain the only undefeated team so far after beating the Islanders 42-6.



Angels’ Corey Mitchell looks to shoulder charge his way through a Steelers defender. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Angels’ Joel Limtiaco jumps high to make the play but was unable to come up with the ball. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Angels’ Jaysen Swartz makes the suplex tackle on Steelers’ Danny Cruz. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Angels’ Issu Mendiola scores the receiving touchdown while the rest of his team watches in anticipation. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Steelers receiver Mario Blaz stretches out to try and reel in the ball with no defenders around. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Steelers receiver John Mendiola prevents Angels’ Joel Limtiaco from pulling down an interception. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Angels’ Ryan Bigler pulls down on the jersey of Steelers’ John Mendiola to stop the play. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)


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