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Boden Dukart (71) of the Westmorland Coal Atom Miners makes a tackle on a Regina player in Estevan`s home opener on August 23. (Photo credit: Mackenzie Hientz)

The Estevan Century 21 Peewee Chargers dropped their home opener to the Regina Rams on August 23.

They were down 48-0 after the first half but despite that deficit coach Paul Duncan said that the team kept competing in the second half. The Rams would win 57-0.

“The kids didn’t give up, they actually came out and battled harder for the second half,” he said.

Duncan said that throughout the game, the players were in the right spots to make the plays, but lost their focus at times.

He also mentioned that the cold and rainy weather did have an effect to the game, but he believes the team needs to work on the ability to focus and execute.

Going forward, Duncan hopes that all of the 21 players continue to commit to the team.

“We had a lot of kids that were not available for practice that week so they were kind of thrown into a game day situation,” Duncan said.

He would like to see the roster continue to grow and see all players at the practices.

“The continuity of having a larger roster, so the kids have people to actually practice against, to do more one-on-one’s and stuff like that, will help with their game time speed and efficiency,” he said.

Even though the Chargers were behind all game, Duncan was impressed with the attitude they showed all four quarters.

Duncan hopes that the team can learn from their “shortcoming,” and grow to improve for their next game.

“We’re not going back to the drawing board or anything like that, we’re just going to once work on our focus and make sure that the kids are able to accomplish the task at hand,” he said.

The Chargers next game is on August 30 in Regina against the Riders.

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The Estevan Westmorland Coal Atom Miners lost their home-opener 54-0 to the Regina Eskimos at the Woodlawn Athletic Park, also on the 23rd.

After a good week of practice, coach Wanda Harron said the Miners had a breakdown in fundamentals against the Eskimos.

“I thought we entered this game really prepared, but granted they ran a pretty good offence, there was a lot of different looks with their receivers,” she said.

The Miners couldn’t overcome an early deficit, or have a consistent drive, she said.

Despite the struggles throughout the game, in the final five minutes, Harron told the team to forget about the score and just go out there and have some fun.

“Defensively they seemed to sort of all of a sudden get a little bit more of a rhythm going,” she said.

During the game, Harron noticed the defence lined up differently, as they were standing too close to each other compared to practice, when they were showing perfect formations.

Harron said the game represented a setback compared to the first game of the season, which was a strong outing against the Bears.

The team will also continue to work on blocking on the offensive side of the ball, she said. Defensively, Harron said that they are going to introduce some plays to help improve the tackling.

“We’re going to try to introduce some plays where maybe we send one guy rushing in, and maybe a simple little stunt,” she said.

They will also place an emphasis on the fundamentals, and scrimmage less, as she noticed from the outset that they were struggling with their tackling.

“We do have some very talented kids and we just need to learn to work together more,” she said.

The Miners’ next game is on August 30 in Regina against the Kats.

 


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