The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) Elecs faced a challenging start to their football season, falling to the Weyburn Eagles in a one-sided home opener last Friday. Head Coach Mark Schott shared his insights on the game during a recent interview.
Despite the team's high hopes for their home opener, the final score painted a grim picture, with Weyburn dominating the field with a final score of 44 to nothing.
"Well, the final score was 44 to nothing for Weyburn, so obviously not the result that we were hoping for," Coach Schott acknowledged. "Weyburn came out really fast and put up a bunch of points early, scoring on three consecutive drives to open the game."
The first quarter proved especially challenging for the Elecs, as they found themselves trailing 25 to nothing. However, Coach Schott noted that the team showed resilience as the game progressed, particularly in the second half.
"Our defence locked in, especially in the second half. We responded well, but we can't find ourselves in that big of a hole that early and expect to get the outcome that we want," he explained.
When discussing the offensive performance, Coach Schott recognized that the Elecs' offence had a slow start but began to find its rhythm later in the game.s.
"Our offence was a little slow getting going. Eventually, we started to have some success running the football, running back Khalifa Elshein had some decent runs, especially in the second quarter and beyond," Coach Schott noted.
Despite showing promise, the offence struggled to break through the Weyburn defence and put points on the board.
Looking ahead to their upcoming road game against the Yorkton Raiders, Coach Schott emphasized the importance of a strong start and containing the opponent's offence. He acknowledged that Yorkton poses a similar challenge to Weyburn and stressed the need to avoid falling into an early deficit.
"Yorkton is quite similar to Weyburn, in that they're highly skilled. They're big, they're physical, they've given us a lot of problems over the years. So a fast start is important, and then containing our opponent’s offence is crucial," Coach Schott stated.
Regarding the team's roster, Coach Schott mentioned potential injury concerns for a few players, which they are closely monitoring. The Elecs hope to head into the upcoming game against Yorkton at full strength.
The Elecs will hit the road for their next game against the Yorkton Raiders, with a 7:00 PM start time on Friday. Coach Schott and the team remain committed to working on their weaknesses and bouncing back from the challenging start to the season.
"We need to limit our opponents' offensive opportunities and then put some points up so we can be in the game right from the get-go," Coach Schott concluded.
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