Coming off a win earlier this month, the Estevan Minor Football Varsity Bolts will play one more game in their spring season this weekend before taking a break for the summer.
The Bolts beat Moosomin in their first spring league game and will now play the rematch this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Chow Field.
With a young roster full of Grade 8-12 players, head coach Mark Schott said one of the goals of having a brief spring season is to develop players for the high school level.
"You know it's a big jump from that bantam level to a high school football game," said Schott, who also coaches the high school team at Estevan Comprehensive School. "The speed and the physicality increases, so we want to get those players up to speed as quickly as we can and this is a nice step to help to do that."
One of the players that has jumped off the page for the coaching staff is quarterback Tristan Tober, who was a Grade 9 quarterback this past high school season.
"Just his progression from the fall to right now...I mean he's gained a lot of confidence and I think the game is slowing down for him. So that's going to help him quite a bit as we move toward his Grade 10 fall season."
Rather than having a spring camp, Schott figured his players would get more value out of a couple exhibition games instead.
"We've had two practices a week for the last five or six weeks and a couple of games, so they get a lot out of that as opposed to just four or five practices for a spring camp," Schott said.
After a rebuilding year last year, and with many of his high school players also playing on the Bolts spring league team, Schott hopes to take the next step in the fall when the new high school football season gets going.
"Most of our team (last year) was in Grade 9 and 10 and all of those players were brand new to high school football (due to the pandemic)," Schott said. "So we're hoping that that young core can kind of grow and develop together and we can take some positive strides each season."