The Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football team came up short in their first game of the season, but head coach Mark Schott still saw a lot of positives from the game.
The Elecs lost 27-7 to the Moose Jaw Peacock Tornadoes Saturday afternoon at the Woodlawn Athletic Park. Estevan’s lone touchdown came early in the first quarter on a 70-yard dash by running back Jonah Bachorcik.
“It was a great play,” said Schott. “He cut up the middle, bounced inside and just outran everybody to the end zone.”
Bachorcik finished with 102 yards rushing on the day.
Moose Jaw scored twice in the second quarter to lead 14-7 at halftime. The game remained close until the fourth quarter, when the Tornadoes added two more majors to finish the scoring.
Defensively, Schott said the Elecs made some excellent tackles and forced turnovers, including an interception and two fumbles.
“There were some excellent plays on the defensive side of the ball, as well as on offence. We had some nice runs and connected on a few passes. We did a lot of things well.”
But he still sees some areas for improvement before their next game on Friday at the Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles. On the offensive side of the ball, they didn’t capitalize on some of their opportunities.
“But these are all things that we can fix. It was a really good effort, and unfortunately we came up on the short end.”
Special teams were strong, with good kicks from punter Ilya Koria. Quarterback Kaleb Bechtold served as the kicker as well when needed.
Schott expects to see a different Weyburn team from the one the Elecs faced in an exhibition game in Weyburn on Aug. 30. This time the Eagles will be going with their top guys, but so will Estevan.
“Both teams are going to present a different look, and we’re hoping that our first week with a tight game, a really good game, can give us the energy we need come Friday.”
Weyburn, meanwhile, had a bye the first week of the season.