Minor football teams begin seasons

The Estevan Lions Club U14 Oilers football team dropped their first two games of the season, but coach Paul Duncan was still pleased with the progress of the players.

The Oilers dropped a 47-18 decision to the Weyburn Ravens on Sept. 4 at the Woodlawn Athletic Field, and a 63-32 game against the Yorkton Gridders on Saturday.

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“We started off a little bit slow, but we were able to work our way back into the game … off of some really nice offensive plays by Payton Tendler and Dorian Sifton and our quarterback Tristan Tober,” said Duncan. “He ran for a couple of touchdowns in the game, which was great.”

The defence was more aggressive in the second game, even though they surrendered more points than the previous week. They forced five turnovers in the game, with four forced fumbles, and one strip in which the defender ripped the ball from the offensive player’s hands.

Brody Bembridge was the top defensive player on the day, Duncan said.

The big takeaway from the game was the Oilers were able to work their way into the game and kept playing hard.

“We’ll build off of those stepping stones, and hopefully in the next game it’s a little bit closer, and hopefully we work a little bit harder and we come away with a victory ourselves,” said Duncan.

Estevan and Yorkton will meet again Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Woodlawn Athletic Park.

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The Estevan Century 21 U12 Chargers were defeated 57-0 by the Weyburn Ravens on Labour Day in Estevan, and 40-0 by the Ravens on Saturday. Of note is that the Chargers only allowed one late touchdown in the second half.

The two teams will meet again Sept. 16 in Estevan at 6:30 p.m.

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The Estevan Power Dodge U10 Cudas squared off against Moose Jaw Sunday in their first action of the season.

The teams were split in two for the day. Each team played twice. They don’t keep score at this age, as the focus is learning to play.

TJ Thompson and Brody Hogg earned hard hats for being the hardest-working Cudas.

The Cudas will host Moose Jaw and Weyburn for a football jamboree on Sunday at noon at the Woodlawn Athletic Field.

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The Estevan Kinette Club Viragos U18 football team will play their inaugural game Sunday at 3 p.m. against the Moosomin Generals, starting at 3 p.m. at Woodlawn.

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