© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Central's Niko Wicharuk, right, bats the ball out of the hands of Swift Current receiver Jaylen Mayall.
The Central Cyclones got off to the fast start they were looking for, but had a hard fight the rest of the way in their Moose Jaw High School Football League opener.
The Cyclones beat the Swift Current Colts 24-13 Saturday at Gutheridge Field.
“You can’t settle for anything. That early lead, maybe gave us a sense of false confidence,” said Cyclones head coach Colin Belsher. “They have to work hard. If they want to be a great team they have to work to get there. It’s not just going to be handed to them.”
Cyclones quarterback Bren Forbes opened the scoring when he ran in from 15 yards out on a third-down gamble. Four minutes later he connected with Parker Chow for a 43-yard touchdown pass and just like that the Cyclones led 14-0 in the first quarter.
“I think some guys thought we would be cruising and we stopped a bit, but we still got the job done,” said Forbes.
“We had some mistakes, but that gives us something to work on.”
If the Cyclones were expecting a rout, the Colts had other ideas. They dug their heels in and stopped the Cyclones on a third down gamble.
The Cyclones had a late drive to end the first half and settled for a 17-yard Jonathan Phillips field goal.
The Colts started the second half by driving down the field before quarterback Cody Lamontagne scored on a two-yard run.
A couple of strong punt returns by Central’s Royce Hanna gave them good field position and they capitalized when Bret Shillington scored on a six-yard run to go ahead 24-6.
Lamontagne scored his second two-yard touchdown run with 1:31 left for the Colts.
“I thought Swift Current played great,” said Belsher. “They’re short on numbers, but they’re not short on heart. In the second half they came out firing and they might have even out-played us in the second half.”