Minor football teams get shut out
Caption: The Atom Miners hosted Yorkton on September 7, and lost 35-0.
The Estevan Lions Club Bantam Steelers were shut out 54-0 by the Regina Mounties in a game September 7 at the Woodlawn Athletic Park.
Coach Phil Zajac said that the defence played well, despite the score, as they generated a couple turnovers and numerous quarterback sacks. Estevan's defenders were on the field a lot during the game, but only surrendered three offensive touchdowns.
But the Mounties had an "exceptional" player, Zajac said, who had three touchdowns: two from interception returns and one on a kick-off return.
The offence effectively marched the ball down the field, Zajac said, only to have interceptions snuff out a couple of drives.
"My goal as a coach is that each game we need to improve," said Zajac. "It's just like last year. As long as we get better, each week, whether we win or lose, we want to be playing at our peak for the playoffs."
He was pleased that the Steelers played hard until the end of the game.
Zajac said the coaches will be implementing a new defensive scheme for their next game, and they will likely shift a few players from defence to offence to try to add strength on the offensive side of the ball.
Estevan's record is 0-4. They'll host the Regina Lakers on Sunday, September 15 at 1 p.m.
The Estevan Sherritt Coal Atom Miners dropped a 35-0 decision against the Yorkton Gridders in a game that was also played in Estevan on September 7.
Coach Wanda Harron said it was their worst performance of the year, and she's not sure why it happened.
"I thought practices went really well this week (prior to the Yorkton game)," said Harron. "We really worked on blocking with the offensive line and with our slotbacks and running backs to try to get our running game going, but nothing seemed to work."
Even before the game, players were attentive when they were instructed about the need to block properly, she said.
Defensively, they missed a lot of tackles. Some of those players who struggled are traditionally among their most reliable defenders, she said.
They did have some players miss the game due to injuries, and others played hurt against Yorkton.
Jonah Bachorcik did have a strong game defensively with an interception. Harron said players from Yorkton were sliding to the ground to avoid contact with Bachorcik.
Harron said they'll probably move a couple of their stronger players from the offensive line to the slotback position to assist with blocking on running plays.
And they'll work on the fundamentals of tackling this week, too, she said.
The Miners' next game is also on the 15th, when they'll host the Weyburn Ravens starting at 11 a.m.