The Williams Lake Sabercats played its home opener Saturday against the Prince George Marauders in week three of the Prince George Minor Football League.
The first-year Sabercats — an atom division team of 15 players aged seven to nine — stormed out of the starting blocks in the first half at the Ottoman Drive rugby fields to go up 13-8 after a 60-yard jaunt for a touchdown from Sabercats running back Noe Jelks and a first-and-goal notch from Cole Aumond.
Prince George, however, used its experience to regain a 16-13 lead heading into the second half where they continued to roll, ending the contest with a 34-13 victory.
Sabercats head coach Dionte Jelks credited the work ethic of his players and said he’s seeing improvement every game.
“Our kids are getting it,” Jelks said. “They’re sticking their noses in there, and I think the biggest difference is knowledge of the game.
“Some of these kids have never seen a football game on TV, so where we’re at now we’re doing great.”
He pointed to a few small mistakes which led to the loss, putting the team at no wins and three losses so far on the campaign.
“We shoot ourselves in the foot on third downs,” he said. “Seems like those are our achilles heel all game. And one play at the end of the second half we let them in with one play to go.”
The Sabercats will play at home again this weekend at the Ottoman Drive fields against Prince George team two. Kickoff goes at 3:30 p.m.