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Sports BY CHRIS JASTER — cjaster@prairiepost.com


Grady Lamontagne was hoping he could spend his Grade 10 season on the Swift Current Colts’ football team focusing on his play at starting safety. That quickly changed during the team’s Moose Jaw High Schools’ Athletic Association season opener against the Estevan Elecs Sept. 1. With 4:08 remaining in the first quarter of the Colts’ 25-7 loss, starting quarterback Josh Siemens went down with a leg injury after being sacked. He did not get off the ground while receiving attention at the team’s bench until the game ended. That forced Lamontagne, who played one half at


quarterback during the team’s exhibition game the week before, to take control of the offence. “I was a little bit nervous out there for the first couple (plays), but then I settled in,” said Lamontagne. “I made some throws, but I made some mistakes too on the play calls. There were a lot of mistakes on the play signals.” Lamontagne finished the game one-for-five for


17 yards and an interception. Despite being thrown into a tough situation, Lamontagne feels he had a decent performance at quarterback. A few of his passes were dropped, but he admits he made a bad read, which led to his one pass being picked off at the line of scrimmage. Derek Murdoch, the Colts’ head coach, admits it was a hard position for Lamontagne, who took second-team repetitions at quarterback last season, to enter the game with no notice. He did, however, like the poise the young player showed behind centre.


“It was tough,” said Murdoch. “There’s no way


around that, but that’s why we play this game is to step up and make plays. He stepped up and he’ll be a good quarterback. “He’s a good kid and he’s smart. He’ll figure it out.” Although the Colts had an inexperienced quarterback


for part of the game, that was the least of the team’s worries in their loss. They turned the ball over six times, which tilted the field in Estevan’s favour even though both teams had 226 yards of offence in the game. “It was just a lot of little mistakes with fumbles and interceptions and turnovers,” said Lamontagne. “We killed ourselves with fumbles and not protecting the ball.” The Colts also dug themselves an early hole by


surrendering touchdowns in each of the first two quarters and another early in the fourth quarter


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Photos by Chris Jaster Grady Lamontagne made his debut at quarterback for the Swift Current Colts during their 25-7 loss to Estevan Sept. 1.


before Siemens connected with Curtis Aker for a 50-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 20-7. Estevan missed its first convert attempt. Swift Current could not continue to build on that momentum and surrendered a field goal and safety touch to round out the scoring. The Colts know they have a few things to clean up in practice before they return to the grid iron when they visit AE Peacock Sept. 10 in Moose Jaw. It was not known at press time whether Siemens


would be healthy enough to play in Saturday’s contest, but Murdoch said they are confident Lamontagne can handle the offence if Siemens does not return. Lamontagne, who Murdoch believes may be the Colts’ starting quarterback next season, is hoping Siemens can return so he can focus on defence again. “We’ll see what we did well on and what we can


improve on and look forward to next game,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll go in and get a win in Moose Jaw and hopefully I’ll only be playing safety.”


Swift Current Colts defensive back Adam Schellenberg refuses to loosen his grip as he's flung in the air trying to tackle Estevan Elecs receiver Ian Ferguson. Below, right, Swift Current’s Adam Schellenberg is in the middle of a big pile.


Colts’ starting quarterback Josh Siemens lies injured on the grass. Right, Colts receiver Curtis Aker tries to break free from Estevan’s Johnathon Klassen’s tackle. As added insult, Siemens was flagged on the play for intentional grounding.


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