PORTLAND, OR – Hopes were held high in the hearts of Portland’s Arena football fans as the Portland Steel(1-8) took the field to square off against the Cleveland Gladiators(5-6).
After the Steel received their first win of the season on June 3rd, their fans have been hoping to add another to the score board. Last week the Steel traveled to Arizona to try their hand at taking a win from the Arizona Rattlers(8-3). Losing by 27 points by the time the final buzzer sounded. But the fans still believed their team could win their game against the Gladiators.
As the Portland Steel stepped on the field the crowd was electric. Greeting our team with a loud round of whistles and cheers. Spirits were high even as the score remained low. WR Rashaad Carter came back to the field after recovering from an injury that occurred early this season, preventing his participation.
From the start, the Steel trailed in points. In the start of the first quarter, Cleveland landed the first points of the night, Portland not far behind as Rashaad Carter secured Portland’s first Touchdown of the night. From there on, Cleveland was always one step, one play, one touchdown ahead of the Steel.
Though they faced the Gladiators, they never stopped fighting. WR James Shaw, another shining star on the team’s roster. Shaw scored three TD of the night’s and had countless amazing plays and catches. Shaw, though standing small at 5’ 11” he had been dragging Cleveland player #3 Demarcus Robinson and another Cleveland DB totaling in over 400 lbs of muscle and padding on his back for 3 yards.
Though Portland had all the pieces for a win, they didn’t quite fit together tonight, leaving the fans disappointed and yet still holding hope for their home team. The Portland Steel may have kicked their four game home stand off with only one win, but if it’s up to the fire in hearts of all the players and staff, it won’t stay that way.
Next on the Steel’s list is to stare down the Philadelphia Soul (9-3) on Monday, June 27th. Portland Steel Head Coach Ron James, will have quite the artillery of players, fans across Portland will have to wait and see what their coach has in store for them.