The Estevan Lions Club Bantam Steelers football team wrapped up their 2013 season with a 29-18 loss to Balgonie's Bantam Junior Griffins squad on October 6.
Estevan fell behind 19-0 at half-time, but played much better in the second half, according to coach Phil Zajac, and outscored the Griffins 19-10 in the final two quarters of the game.
Zajac was pleased with his team's performance in the second half. Quarterback Andrew Kehler had three touchdown passes, while running back Levi Pick completed a 50-yard pass on a hitch play that Zajac said surprised the Griffins' defenders.
"If we would have played (well during) the full game, we probably would have won," said Phil Zajac.
The defence also delivered a good effort for most of the contest, he said.
Estevan finished ninth in the Regina Football League's bantam division with a 0-7-1 record, so they missed the playoffs. The top eight teams qualified for the post-season.
Since there are nine teams in the league this year, Regina Minor Football opted not to have a bowl game among the lower-seeded teams.
Zajac said the offence showed some significant progress this year, as they had some good performances after getting shut out in three of their first four games.
"The defence played consistently well," Zajac said.
Each week they wanted to improve so that they could peak in time for the playoffs, he said. The Steelers had played well in recent weeks, so Zajac is disappointed they won't have a shot at the post-season.
About half of the 28 players on the roster are eligible to return next year.