The Estevan Sherritt Coal Atom Miners won their home opener, as the defeated the Regina Cougars 13-6 August 24 at the Woodlawn Athletic Park. “That win was a long time coming for Estevan Minor Football and the kids were so excited,” said coach Wanda Harron. The Cougars scored early in the game, but the Miners recorded 13 unanswered points to go on and win. Harron was proud of the both of offence and defence throughout the game. She said that the defence was stellar, as there was a lot of two and outs, and the offence was finally clicking and moving the ball, especially compared to their last game. “One thing that was really neat for me to see is that during that game, they realized they could do it, and the light bulb sort of went on for them,” she said. Even with the win, Harron said that there is still lots of room for improvement. For the defence, she wants to see more play recognition from them, and she wants to see the offensive play polished up a bit more. She also noted that her co coaches were also big contributors to the win, as they prepare a game plan going into each contest. Harron hopes that this win acts as a confidence booster as they prepare for their next game, which is in Regina against the Cardinals on August 31. *** The Estevan Lions Club Bantam Steelers lost their home opener 48-0 against the Regina Renegades, also on August 24. Coach Phil Zajac said that he was proud of his team, because they didn`t quit, even though they fell behind early. He noted that the Renegades are a big, strong team. Throughout the game, there were some positives for the Steelers, as Zajac said the defence played really well with a couple of fumble recoveries and two interceptions. They also blocked some extra points. The offence did struggle a bit, as running back Levi Pick is still injured, Zajac said. “In football, generally the offence comes along later than the defence … so I'm not worried about our progress,” he said. Some of the aspects of the game that the Steelers will be working on before their next contest, according to Zajac, will be pass blocking and run blocking on offence. On defence, they need to clean up their game a little bit, as they have let the run game beat them in their previous two games. “You got to eliminate those big plays and make them fight for every touchdown,” said Zajac. Zajac also mention that they will work on play repetition, and continue to repeat them until they become more automatic for the team. The Steelers next game is on the road against the Weyburn Falcons on August 31.