ESTEVAN - The Estevan Coldwell Banker Choice Real Estate U12 Chargers picked up their first win of the season on Saturday by beating their Highway 39 rivals, the Weyburn Ravers, 25-14 at the Dana Quewezance Memorial Field at Woodlawn Athletic Park.
Running back Jax Trombley scored four touchdowns for the Chargers, but he had a lot of help from the offensive line, said coach James Haagsman. Two of Trombley's scores were around 50 yards in length, and the others were on short yardage plays.
"They were mostly runs to the outside, and a few were up the middle with broken tackles, running behind the big offensive line that we have. We have the biggest offensive line in the league, mostly to do with Mason Lesy … he's our starting guard," said Haagsman.
Trombley had never played football before this season, Haagsman said.
Weyburn had a 14-12 lead at half-time, but Estevan shut the Ravens out in the second half. He credited first-year players Cyrus Schell and Jude Shackleton for outstanding play at the outside linebacker positions.
"They couldn't get any yardage on us once we figured out how we could handle their offence," said Haagsman.
The steady precipitation on Saturday negated the passing attack for both teams.
The Chargers will host the Moose Jaw Lions on Sept. 30, starting at 4 p.m.
The Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football team dropped a 29-0 decision to the Moose Jaw Peacock Tornadoes Saturday in Moose Jaw.
Head coach Mark Schott said they were confident entering the game because they thought they matched up well with Moose Jaw, but once they hit the field, it felt like they were a step or two behind the play.
"Peacock was able to get a decent amount of pressure in our backfield on our quarterback," said Schott.
The players and coaches thought they were capable of a better performance, he said.
The Elecs had a couple of their biggest offensive plays of the season, with passes over the middle from Dorion Sifton to Kalifa Elshein for close to 20 yards each.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Elecs stopped Peacock on multiple third down attempts.
"We have to put up some points, and that just hasn't happened," said Schott. "We can play stellar defence – and defensively we have to be better – but we can play top-level defence, and if we can't score, we're not going to find ourselves in any football games."
The Elecs will host the Swift Current Colts on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. at Woodlawn. Both teams are seeking their first win of the season.
The Estevan Kinette Club U18 Viragos dropped a 28-7 decision to Regina on Saturday evening at Woodlawn.
Coach Mark Tribiger said it was likely one of the best games they have played, as they had just 11 players dressed due to injuries.
Morgan Hase had the Viragos' lone score with a 65-yard sweep to the outside in the first half. The score was 15-7 at halftime.
"Our defence and our offence, everybody was working together so well. It was really good to see. The defence forced quite a few two and outs for Regina, and they just couldn't get much going on us," said Tribiger.
The Viragos will close out the regular season when they visit the undefeated Yorkton Lady Gridders. If the Viragos win, they would likely make the playoffs, but if they lose, their season would come to an end.
The Estevan Lions Club U14 Oilers had two games in a four-day span, and fell 26-0 to the Weyburn Falcons last Wednesday and 41-14 to the Moose Jaw Raiders on Saturday.
Running back Hugh Ross had one of the Oilers' touchdowns against the Raiders, while quarterback Ryder Mantei had the other score.
Coach Paul Duncan said the defence played really well but the offence struggled against Weyburn. Defender Arvin Sangard had a really strong game, with tackles for losses, sacks and other big plays.
Taya Stigings had a strong game against Weyburn and picked up a lot of yards after initial contact.
"Most of the time, I think she was trying to drag three or four of the Weyburn kids with her as she was getting positive yards for us," said Duncan.
In the second game, the offence had a better showing, especially when using a no-huddle offence. Ross and T.J. Thompson had strong game with their speed.
Sangar had another strong game and Kerian Kyle had big plays to stop drives.
The Oilers will visit the Swift Current Steelers on Oct. 1.