© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
The Peacock Tornadoes celebrate with the Moose Jaw High School Football League championship trophy.
They were nothing short of perfect and because of it, the Peacock Tornadoes football team is our team of the year.
The Tornadoes won all nine games they played as they captured the Moose Jaw High School Football League title and the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association 3A provincial title.
They received three of a possible four first-place votes. The Central boys volleyball team received the other first-place vote and finished second in the voting.
The award was voted on by a four person panel that included Marc Smith from Golden West Radio, the voice of the Moose Jaw Warriors, James Gallo, along with Times-Herald sports reporters Katie Brickman and Matthew Gourlie.
Peacock won the provincial title thanks to a 28-14 win over Regina O’Neill that saw them erase a 14-0 deficit. They responded to the adversity by making some big plays to swing the momentum of the game. Dabulis Ebet ran a kickoff back for a touchdown and Levi Paul ran a fumble back for a touchdown after the Tornadoes defence made a big stop on their own one-yard line.
Nathan Fall led the league in rushing and scoring and Sawyer Buettner led the league in passing, but the Tornadoes excelled as a team and saw different players step to the fore every week.
They romped over a very talented Yorkton Raiders team 40-8 in the city final.
The Cyclones volleyball team’s provincial title was the first for a local team since 1980. The Cyclones went unbeaten in league play and finished it off with a 25-22, 25-16 win over Prince Albert St. Mary in the 5A boys provincial final.
They lost their opening game at provincials, but reeled off six straight wins including a thrilling 33-31, 28-26 win over Prince Albert Carlton in the semifinal.
The Peacock girls basketball team only lost twice all season, but one of those losses came in the provincial final. The Toilers won the city title in a tremendous season that earned them the third spot in our vote.
Also receiving votes were the Element Panthers under-18 boys volleyball team that won a provincial title, the Briercrest College men’s volleyball team and the Colts women’s fastball team that were unbeaten in the regular season before claiming the league title in the playoffs.