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Football teams open seasons with losses

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The Estevan Westmoreland Coal Atom Miners had their season opener in Regina on August 16.

The Estevan Century 21 Peewee Chargers dropped a 38-0 decision to the Regina Argos on August 16 in the Chargers' season-opener.

The team was outnumbered, said coach Paul Duncan, as the Chargers only had 14 players for the game. The Argos dressed 35.

Despite the loss, Duncan was impressed by the play of the defence.

“They played a strong game, and they were at the right spots at the right time,” he said. “They just didn’t have enough gas in the tank for having to go up against fresh legs every single down.”

Throughout the game, Duncan said that his team did not give up, even though they had a short bench.

“What really impressed me was the kids’ work ethic…they never got down on themselves…and they took that challenge head on,” he said.

Duncan said the offence had a few “hiccups” along the way, and they will be improving on their blocking techniques.

A lot of players had to play both offence and defence, but Duncan expects to have more players for their upcoming games.

“Hopefully this week we will have up to 20 players; ideally I’d like to get the team up to 30 players,” he said.

The Chargers will be working on establishing a longer running game, and they'll incorporate more passing to diversify the offence.

Duncan also expects to see improvement from the last game, as he said his team is eager to get better.

“The kids that we have right now are incredibly smart and willing to learn, so I think as the season progresses from week to week we will become a stronger team,” he said.

The Chargers play their home opener against the Regina Rams at the Woodlawn Athletic Park' Dana Quewezance Memorial Field on August 23 at 1:30 p.m.

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The Estevan Westmoreland Coal Atom Miners opened their season with a 28-0 loss to the Regina Bears on August 16.

Estevan had a strong first half, as they only trailed by six at halftime.

“For us to be down 6-0 at the half was pretty incredible; the defence made the Bears work hard for that touchdown,” coach Wanda Harron said.

The third quarter was a tough one for the Miners, as Regina scored 16 points. Harron said that some players had to play both offence and defence, and by the third quarter she noticed the fatigue.

“I don’t think it was a matter of conditioning, I think these kids were just plum tuckered out,” she said.

She also said that Regina adapted to the Miners defence by passing the ball more.

One of the positives throughout the game was that the Miners did not turn over the ball, Harron said. She also was impressed with the tackling, but said she wanted to see more players attempt to strip the ball.

“Instead of just having two players in on the tackle, I want to see four or five of our Miners on a tackle…to strip that ball,” Harron said.

They'll be working on play recognition in practice, she said, so that the players know whether it is a passing play or a running play when the opposition lines up.

Going into the home opener, Harron said that on the offensive side of the ball, they will be working on the blocking techniques for the slotbacks and receivers. And defensively, she said that they are going to work on a few blitzing plays.

The Miners play their home opener against the Regina Eskimos at the Woodlawn Athletic Park on August 23 at noon. 


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