ESTEVAN - The Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football team lost their opening game of the regular season, a 56-8 decision against Moose Jaw's A.E. Peacock Tornadoes.
The game was played Saturday afternoon at the Woodlawn Athletic Park's Dana Quewezance Memorial Field.
Moose Jaw scored twice in the first quarter, and added another score in the second to lead 20-0.
Dorian Sifton scored on a 15-yard passing play late in the first half to give the Elecs some life. Coupled with the two-point convert, Estevan trailed 19-8.
The Elecs recovered an onside kick and moved the ball down the field, but Moose Jaw intercepted the ball and returned it deep into Estevan territory. Then the Tornados scored once more to lead 27-8.
It remained a 19-point game until late in the third quarter, when Moose Jaw scored to take a 34-8 lead. They then added three more scores before the game was out.
Coach Mark Schott noted the Elecs made some mistakes that cost them in the second half, and the offence often started drives deep in their own territory.
He was pleased with how the defensive line played, as they registered some sacks. Hamisi Kassanga had a great game for Estevan, Schott said, getting interior pressure and picking up a couple of sacks and tackles for losses. Jayren Schulz, who plays safety, was in on some tackles and Schott said Schulz prevented some big plays.
"Our offensive line had a pretty good game. We struggled to run the ball up the middle, but we didn't give up any ... sacks from pressure."
The only time Tober was sacked was when a snap went over his head and he had to fall on the ball.
"We have some good, big bodies on our offensive line. Some youth. They're mostly in Grade 10, but they've been playing pretty well for us," said Schott.
Tristan Tober completed 16 of 35 passes for 231 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions. Sifton caught 11 of those passes for 174 yards.
The Elecs will have a bye week next week, and then they will host the Yorkton Regional High School Gridders on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Woodlawn.