The Estevan Westmoreland Coal Atom Miners scored their first points of the season during a 48-12 loss to the Regina Ti-Cats on August 30 in Regina.
Quarterback Kaleb Bechtold scored both touchdowns on running plays in the third quarter, according to head coach Wanda Harron.
On the first touchdown, Harron said Bechtold ran through the middle of the field and then cut towards the sidelines. For the other score, he decided to run after he didn't have any available passing options.
“Kaleb did get the touchdowns, he was the one that reached the end zone, but what I was most impressed with in this game was that our offence started playing like a team,” said Harron.
Everyone has to contribute for the team to enjoy success, she said, and the Miners had better blocking from the offence.
On the defensive side, linebacker Kolby Forseth stripped a Regina running back of the ball following strong pressure by the defence, and nearly returned the ball for a major.
The game was scoreless after the first quarter. The Ti-Cats led 21-0 at half-time and 34-12 after three quarters.
Harron noted to the Ti-Cats are a top team, so it was nice to score against them. Estevan was supposed to be playing the Regina Cats, but there was a schedule change.
While they held the Ti-Cats scoreless in the first quarter, Harron said their tackling has to improve. Her opinion was backed up by an independent observer after the game.
“This person did say that often our defensive players were in the position to make the tackle, but then got a little lazy,” said Harron. “There were a lot of kids trying arm tackles, and not breaking down and getting low enough.”
She suggested they might try live tackling drills this week.
The Miners record is 0-3. Their next game is Sunday, September 7 against the Regina Gaitors at noon at the Woodlawn Athletic Park.
The Estevan Century 21 Peewee Chargers dropped a 64-0 decision to the Regina Riders on August 30 in Regina.
Coach Paul Duncan said that despite the score, his players gave it their all. Defensive halfback Jonah Bachorcik had a “fantastic” game, Duncan said, with some timely tackles and an interception.
Duncan said it's time for the Chargers to alter their game plan, and play to their strength, which is their speed, rather than try to match strength with the players from Regina.
While the players are making individual improvements, they haven't come together as a team, because they have been four or five players short each week.
“It's been hard to get the whole unit there together to gel, and cohesively move forward,” said Duncan. “Now with school starting, we're hoping that this week brings in high turnout for practice as well. Hopefully we have all of the kids there, all at the same time.”
The Chargers currently have 22 players on the roster, and Duncan said they would still like to add a few more.
Their record is 0-3. They'll host the Regina South Griffins on September 7 at 2 p.m. at the Woodlawn Athletic Park.