The three teams in Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football played their home openers on August 26.
The Estevan Lions Club Bantam Steelers lost 49-24 to the Regina Sun Devils. Estevan scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half, and trailed by one point, 25-24, at half-time.
Coach Phil Zajac observed a lot of positives in the game.
"The offence played really well," said Zajac. "They marched the ball up and down the field. They only got stopped a couple times. Unfortunately, untimely penalties and a couple turnovers cost us in the second half."
The Steelers' second touchdown was on a drive that started on their own one-yard line.
The defence played well, he said. The kicking game was perfect, as they converted all of their extra points.
They need to work on their form tackling, Zajac said, as they took a couple horse-collar penalties for high tackles. They also need to eliminate undisciplined penalties taken in the game.
The Century 21 Peewee Chargers lost 31-6 to the Weyburn Eagles. Left guard Ethan Pick had the touchdown for the Chargers midway through the third quarter.
"We played with a fair amount of heart," said head coach Steve McLellan. "We did make the game interesting in the end, and we definitely were able to improve during the game."
The Chargers need to improve their play at the start of the game, he said. In both games this year, they have had good second halves, but have to bring that intensity at the start of the game.
Weyburn had an 18-0 lead at half-time.
The Chargers' touchdown came after some good running and passing plays, McLellan said.
The Estevan Sherritt Coal Atom Miners lost 51-0 to the Regina Bombers. Their next game is September 1 against the Regina Katz.