The two teams in Penta Completions Minor Football were handed defeats in their most recent games, but their coaches continue to find positives.
The Estevan Sherritt Coal Atom Miners dropped a 6-0 decision to the Weyburn Ravens at the Woodlawn Athletic Park on September 14 in the Miners' final home game of the season.
"Both teams were winners in that game," said Miners coach Wanda Harron. "I know that sounds like such a cliché, but both teams played so hard and they were so evenly matched."
Weyburn scored the only touchdown of the game on a short running play with about eight minutes to play. The Ravens then had two attempts at the convert – Estevan was offside on the first convert attempt – but the Miners stopped the Ravens before the goal line.
"This team has come such a long ways this year," said Harron.
Estevan's tackling was much stronger against the Ravens than it was the week earlier against Yorkton, Harron said.
Offensively, they did a better job of moving the ball, and had some success running the ball up the middle. Harron said they shifted one of their players from the offensive line to a lead blocker and ball carrier role.
Harron said it's the type of game that the Miners have found themselves in frequently this year: a tight, defensive game that is scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Estevan's record is 1-4. They'll close out the regular season on the road September 21 when they visit the Regina Alouettes.
The Estevan Lions Club Bantam Steelers fell 56-13 to the Regina Lakers in a game on September 15, also at the Woodlawn Athletic Park.
Coach Zajac was pleased that the offence was able to generate a couple touchdowns – one on a Levi Pick run and the other on an Andrew Kehler pass. They also moved the ball effectively in the second half, and they had possession for the vast majority of the game's final 24 minutes.
"We had really good success with our 'big' package, where we put a lineman in at fullback," said Zajac, who was tossed out of the game in the second quarter for arguing a series of calls made by the officials. "We were able to march the ball and extend drives, so we will continue to work on that."
The defence played well, he said. Their efforts were highlighted by Marshall Delorme, who had a great game with at least seven tackles.
They did surrender a couple of touchdowns on punts, which was a source for concern, Zajac said. Combined with a couple of turnovers, and it left the score more lopsided than he felt it should have been.
"We can play with that team," said Zajac. "We can beat that team."
The Steelers record is 0-5. They will play their final home game of the season on September 21 against the Regina Sundevils. The game will start at noon.