Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) Elecs football team head coach Mark Schott believes his team's 56-6 home loss to Moose Jaw Peacock in the season opener September 6 did serve as a good measuring stick for the squad.
The Elecs were down 21-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at half-time, but Schott said there were still some positives, especially in the second half.
Running back Cole MacCuish scored the team's lone touchdown, a 63-yard major, and MacCuish finished with over 150 yards rushing. Justin Taillon and Matt Haux split time at quarterback, and Schott said both brought some good things to the table.
The defence did a better job of pressuring the quarterback and covering the receivers as the game progressed.
"But the first half was definitely a learning process for a largely inexperienced group of players," said Schott.
Peacock is the class of the league, he said. They have a strong program, and they have some key players returning from the team that won the league title a year ago.
"It was a tough test for us right of the bat," said Schott. "We identified some areas that we need to improve upon."
The Elecs need to be better at tackling, he said. They missed opportunities to drop Moose Jaw players in the backfield for losses. Moose Jaw turned those plays into big gains.
Their offence, in general, needs to do a better job of blocking, he said, and their fielding of punts and kick-offs needs to improve so that they can get better field position.
The Elecs had 36 players dressed for the game against Peacock, and Schott said he would like to see the number of players at around 40, so that they have more depth. Players can still join the team.
The next game for ECS is Saturday, September 14, when they'll visit the Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles.