Colts sea­son over

The SCCHS Colts were frozen out of the next round of play­offs af­ter a loss to Este­van

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The Swift Cur­rent Colts were frozen out from the next round of play­offs in the Moose Jaw High School Foot­ball League af­ter drop­ping an 11-6 de­ci­sion to the vis­it­ing Este­van Elecs on Tues­day.

Nei­ther team counted an of­fen­sive touch­down in a de­fen­sive bat­tle where the teams com­bined for only 238 to­tal yards. The ar­rival of win­ter changed the dy­nam­ics of the con­test, with a wind­chill in the low teens and winds blow­ing at 50 kilo­me­ters per hour over a snow cov­ered field.

Este­van counted their first win of the sea­son by col­lect­ing all of their points on spe­cial teams. The Elecs were first on the score­board when Brody Slykuhuis re­cov­ered a blocked punt in the end­zone and the con­vert made it a 7-0 lead. Kicker Kyle Hovind was re­spon­si­ble for Este­van’s other four points, kick­ing a pair of 45 yard punt sin­gles and one of his punts was mis­han­dled by a Colts re­turn team player and ended up as a two point safety.

Swift Cur­rent’s lone points came cour­tesy of their de­fence, with Tan­ner Hyswick rum­bling 50 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion re­turn of a pass knocked into the air by the de­fen­sive line. The Colts missed a chance to tie the game just be­fore the half, but their two-point con­vert at­tempt was stopped short.

Este­van car­ried an 8-6 lead into the sec­ond half, and they en­sured the Colts would need to find the end-zone af­ter Swift Cur­rent con­ceded a safety early in the fourth quar­ter.

The Colts of­fence was slowed both by the weather and a tough Este­van de­fence. Colts quar­ter­back Josh Siemens did not com­plete a pass in eight at­tempts, and Swift Cur­rent’s rush­ing at­tack was limited to 69 yards on 33 at­tempts. Dal­ton Fisher was the Colts top rusher by gain­ing 30 yards on nine car­ries. Con­ner Chau gained 29 yards on three car­ries, while Casper Hoff­man was the busiest back with 11 car­ries for 22 yards.

Este­van was also un­able to com­plete a pass, but Elecs run­ning back Michael Bittman was clearly the most dom­i­nant player on the field with 130 yards rush­ing on 24 at­tempts. Este­van’s other back Justis Grim­srud had 41 yards on nine car­ries.

Colts de­fen­sive back Tan­ner Graf gets a lock on Este­van Elecs run­ning back Michael Bittman dur­ing play­off foot­ball ac­tion in Swift Cur­rent last Tues­day.

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