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Eagles capture close win over Raiders in home opener

“It was a great match-up against us and Yorkton,” said Ben Manning, veteran player and quarterback.
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Weyburn Eagles running back Ben Michel (No. 20) sneaks past the defense line of the Yorkton Raiders.

WEYBURN - The Weyburn Comp Eagles captured a 10-9 victory over the Yorkton Raiders at Darold Kot Field on Saturday afternoon, to start the 2021 football season.

Tensei Iida, first-year player, earned a touchdown for the Eagles.

“It was pretty exciting, and everyone was excited for me. I have been looking forward to getting back on the field. It was just nice to win.”

Evan Barsness thought that the season opener was a good game.

“It was a close match, Yorkton came to play and we came too. We have been a little more connected lately, so I had a good feeling heading into that game.”

As a veteran player for the Eagles, Barsness said it is important to keep the players focused during the game.

“We can’t be arguing with each other after a bad play. We have to focus on the next one and continue playing the game.”

“I thought we played good against Yorkton. Our defense was insane, but we need a little work on our offense before the next game,” said Austin Knupp, another veteran player.

“Yorkton provided a good challenge for us, and tested our skills,” said Knupp. He was hoping to encourage younger players to focus on their teamwork, as they continue practicing for the regular season.

“It was a great match-up against us and Yorkton,” said Ben Manning, veteran player and quarterback. “Lots of younger players, the Grade 9s and 10s, really stepped up during the game. It was a good challenge, since they were playing older guys, as Yorkton has a lot of Grade 11s and 12s on their team.”

The Eagles will be on the road to face Estevan on Friday, September 17.

“It should be a good game. Hopefully we get some points up, and a chance to play some of the younger players so they get more experience with the game,” said Barsness.

“I hope that we all stay focused and don’t get ahead of ourselves. We still have a few things to work on during practice,” added Manning.