The Estevan Lions Club Bantam Steelers secured their first point of the year in a 38-38 tie against the Regina Sundevils on September 23 in Regina.
Estevan scored twice late in the second quarter, but still trailed 22-14 at half-time. The Steelers were down 38-31 with three minutes to play in the fourth. But Levi Pick scored his third touchdown of the game late in the fourth to tie the game.
Pick's game-tying major was set up by a long running back by Marshall Delorme that left the Steelers at the Sundevils 10-yard line.
Coach Phil Zajac said quarterback Andrew Kehler had a great game passing the ball, and the defence played well, too.
"We had two touchdowns called back, which would have easily given us a healthy victory," said Zajac, who was serving a one-game suspension.
The Steelers didn't add anything to their game plan, Zajac said, but the overall execution was better.
"That's always been the goal – to get better each week, and then to get ready for the playoffs," said Zajac.
The game was originally to be played September 21 in Estevan, but it had to be postponed.
Estevan's record is 0-5-1. Their next game is September 28, when they will visit the Yorkton Junior Raiders.
The Estevan Sherritt Coal Atom Miners lost to the Regina Alouettes to close out their regular season. Coach Wanda Harron said the listed score was 54-0, but the actual score was likely worse.
“This season has been filled with peaks and valleys, and believe me, that (the game against the Alouettes) was the biggest valley you could be at,” Harron said.
It was even more frustrating considering they had a hard-fought, 6-0 loss to Weyburn a week earlier, and also had a great week of practice.
“Anything that could go wrong in that game went wrong,” said Harron.
In one instance, a toss from the Miners' quarterback to the running back went into the hands of a defender, who then ran the ball into the end zone.
The positives came when Kade Lukye and Sarkis Davidian recovered fumbles early in the game, Harron said.
The Miners finished the regular season with a 1-5 record. They'll play the Regina Lions in the Estevan Boston Pizza Bowl Game on September 28 in Regina to conclude the season. Harron said they would try to work on everything before the bowl game, and possibly try a couple games at their practices that incorporate football skills.