The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) Elecs football team came up short against the Moose Jaw Central Cyclones, but they earned rave reviews from their coach for their resiliency and offensive production.
ECS lost 46-35 to Moose Jaw at the Woodlawn Athletic Park on October 5 in what was one of their highest-scoring games since the team's rebirth in 2009.
Head coach Mark Schott was particularly impressed with the play of receiver Austin Garchinski, who had 100 yards receiving, a touchdown catch and several impressive receptions.
“I've been here for three years, and Austin Garchinski's been here the whole time, and this was, by far, the best game I have seen him play,” said Schott. “He was making huge catches for us, and getting huge yards after the catch.”
Their passing game as a whole, with quarterback Jordyn Taillon, was impressive, Schott said, and that trend needs to continue, since opposing teams want to key on Elecs running back Cole MacCuish.
MacCuish still managed 177 yards rushing and three touchdowns – two of them on running plays and the other on a punt return.
Kaleb Memory had a strong game, too, Schott said. Memory scored the Elecs other major.
Schott was also pleased with the ECS defensive performance, as they came up with several big plays, including a goal line interception late in the first half.
The Elecs were down 14-0 in the first quarter, and 21-7 early in the second, but fought back to tie the game, 21-21, before half-time. They took a 28-21 lead early in the third quarter.
Estevan led 28-27 in the final minute of the third stanza, but two Moose Jaw touchdowns gave the Cyclones a 40-28 lead.
The Elecs shaved the deficit to five, 40-35, late in the fourth, thanks to a touchdown and a two-point convert. And they fuelled hopes for a comeback when Garchinski recovered the ensuing onside kick. But Taillon threw an interception, and Moose Jaw scored once more to dash the comeback hopes.
“It was nice to see that we didn't fold up, and when the going went tough, we didn't back up,” said Schott. “They're a great team over there, and great teams make plays. I was extremely proud of the way that we played, and we were right with them the whole way.”
ECS's record is 1-3. They'll host Yorkton Regional at 4 p.m. on October 10 at the Woodlawn Athletic Park.