YORKTON - The Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football team suffered another tough loss early in the 2021 season, dropping a 67-6 decision to the Yorkton Regional High School Gridders Friday in Yorkton.
Estevan’s lone touchdown came in the first half, as Shaun Von Sprecken caught a pass from Lucas Rooks.
“We had a little bit more success moving the football, but it’s still an area that we need to significantly improve upon,” said head coach Mark Schott.
Defensively, the Elecs front seven made some big plays, with sacks and tackles for losses. They did surrender some big plays offensively, as Yorkton has a strong passing game.
The Elecs touchdown was created by a turnover on downs in Yorkton territory.
“Our defence made a big stand, and we took over roughly around the 40 (yard line) in Yorkton territory, and then we had a couple of connections, and we were aided with a penalty call, a roughing the passer call. That put us a little bit deeper in their end,” said Schott.
Schott noted their regular quarterback, Tristen Tober, was unavailable to them, so they had two days to prepare with Rooks, who stepped in and played well.
“I think he was six for nine passing, and because he’s a running back, he was able to take off a little bit and run the football. It gave us a different look back there,” said Schott.
He also noted that Estevan was better in the second half at withstanding the Gridders’ physical game.
“We were initiating plays and taking the play to them, especially with our defence,” said Schott.
Schott said he would like to see the Elecs be more competitive and have more success moving the ball on offence, but with a young team and many athletes playing high school football for the first time, they knew it was going to be a steep learning curve.
The Elecs’ next game is Oct. 1 against the Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings. Game time is 6 p.m. at the Dana Quewezance Memorial Field at Woodlawn Athletic Park.