The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) Elecs football team made a little team history in their 14-7 road victory over the Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings on September 28.
Not only was it Estevan's first victory since a 2011 playoff win over Swift Current, but it was the first time that the Elecs have defeated one of the Moose Jaw teams since ECS's high school football program resurrection in 2009.
"Our defence was phenomenal," said Elecs head coach Mark Schott. "It was probably the best defensive effort I've seen in quite some time from an Elecs football team."
The Vikings frequently started deep in their own end, he said.
"There were definitely times when Vanier wanted to gamble on third down, but they just didn't have the field position to risk it," said Schott.
Offensively, Cole MacCuish had 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns. MacCuish set the tone for the game with a 70-yard rushing touchdown on the Elecs' first offensive play of the game.
His other score came on a 25-yard run with 20 seconds to play in the first half to give ECS a 14-0 lead.
The Vikings scored their only touchdown midway through the third quarter.
Schott said it was important for Estevan to secure that first victory over a Moose Jaw team. They've been close on several other occasions.
"It's been a long building process over the years of the Elecs football program, so it's nice to get a win against a Moose Jaw team, and a win in general," said Schott. "Hopefully we can continue to build off this, and carry that success forward into this upcoming week."
The win over Vanier came after the Elecs' bye week. It didn't go as the team planned, which led to a team meeting in which the coaches reaffirmed team policies and commitment to the players.
ECS had some strong practices in the days leading up to the game against Vanier, Schott said.
Estevan's record is 1-2. Their next game is Saturday, October 5, when they'll host the Moose Jaw Central Cyclones at the Woodlawn Athletic Park. Game time is at 1 p.m.