With a 1-2 record and a physical Weyburn Ravens team coming into Century Field, Sunday’s tilt provided a challenge and turning point in the Pee Wee Gridders season. Lose and go down to 1-3 halfway through the season, win and go back to 2-2 and stay very much alive in the playoff picture. The Gridders rose to the challenge and took a 36-0 win thanks to a stout defensive effort and the running game.
The win put the Yorkton Minor Football program at 2-0 for the weekend with the Atoms and Pee Wee’s giving the fans at Century Field something to cheer about in what was a triple header on Sunday before the YRHS Jr Raiders took to the field to close out the day. Head coach Noel Budz credited the win due to preparation and an all around effort from top to bottom through all of the players and the coaching staff. The Ravens provided a physical challenge for the Gridders and had a quarterback that could throw the ball as well as run it, which Budz pointed out is typical in the Regina league. “Regina is one of the top leagues, and week in and week out you will see quarterbacks that can throw the ball and do a lot of things,” added Budz.
Going into next week the Pee Wee Gridders head on the road where they will face the Mustangs in Regina in what will be a competitive game between two teams looking to battle for playoff spots. Despite being halfway into the season Budz has no expectations going forward, mentioning you can never know what to expect and that all he can ask of his players is to take things one game at a time and work hard and see how things play out.
Coach Budz says the team would like to give the game ball to coach Jordan Hall who is currently in the hospital and couldn’t make it to Sunday’s game. They wish him a speedy recovery, as well as to all of the players in what was a total team effort.