The Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football team's season came to an end October 19 in a 51-0 loss against the Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles in the first round of the playoffs.
Elecs head coach Mark Schott said they struggled early, as the offence turned the ball over on their first two plays of the game. The Eagles capitalized on both errors to seize an early 14-0 lead.
Estevan's offence moved the ball more effectively afterwards, and they were deep in Weyburn territory on several occasions, but couldn't muster any points.
"When you're down big, and you're in close (to the end zone), you need to put up seven points," said Schott. "Field goals just won't cut it. We went for touchdowns on third down a lot, but they just didn't pan out."
The Elecs' defence played well despite the score, Schott said, as they spent a lot of time on the field.
"We made a lot of tackles for losses, and some good plays closing in on the offensive players when they had the ball, but we gave up some big plays for long yardage after the catch, and that was a major difference in the game," said Schott.
Weyburn led 37-0 at half-time.
Nearly 30 of the Elecs' 45 players are eligible to return next season. Schott said they have a strong core of Grade 11s who will be in their senior year in 2014, but they do have a couple issues that need to be addressed.
"We need to figure out our quarterback situation," said Schott. "Hopefully we can identify that in spring camp (in May), get two or three guys we want to zero in on, and get them ready for the start of fall camp in August."
Several players on both the offensive and defensive lines won't be back next year either, he said.
And they'll lose two key contributors on offence: running back Cole MacCuish and receiver Austin Garchinski.
Schott said it was an up-and-down year, but he's still proud of the players and the effort that they showed this season.