The Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football team closed out their regular season with a pair of losses.
Estevan was defeated 58-6 at home by the Yorkton Regional Raiders on October 10, and 38-14 on the road by the Swift Current Colts on October 15.
The Elecs finished the season with a 1-5 record, and they will play the Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles in the first round of the playoffs.
ECS started slowly against Yorkton, and they were trailing 35-0 early in the second quarter. Cole MacCuish had Estevan's lone touchdown – a score that came in the second half.
"They're close to the top of our league for a reason," said ECS head coach Mark Schott. "They're an excellent team, and they execute really well. Our defence had a tough time stopping some of their top players, and offensively we weren't able to get things going to start the game, either."
Schott said they started slowly offensively versus Swift Current, but this time Estevan stayed with their opponents. Austin Garchinski had a one-yard touchdown early in the second quarter that tied the game 7-7, and Kolby Dyck scored on a 10-yard reception with 13 seconds to play in the frame to tie the game 14-14 at half-time.
"Eventually things did start to click for us offensively, and we were able to get things going, which was nice to see," said Schott. "It was nice to respond with a touchdown late in the first half to tie the game. Just for whatever reason – turnovers and giving up some big plays on defence – we weren't able to keep it going in the second half."
Swift Current scored on their first possessions of the second half to take a 28-14 advantage, and the Elecs never recovered.
The defence played amazing football in the first half, Schott said, but fatigue became a factor for the defenders in the second half.
Schott said they will be trying to establish a rhythm offensive in practice prior to the game against Weyburn. If they can move the ball offensively and score some points, then Estevan's defence won't have to spend so much time on the field.
It's also imperative for the Elecs to play a strong 48-minute game.
"That's something that we've struggled with this year, and we need to figure out a way to make it happen so that we can have some success," said Schott.
The game will be played on Saturday, October 20 in Weyburn at noon.