Tornadoes comeback falls short

Matthew Gourlie
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The Peacock Tornadoes managed to stage a strong second half comeback Tuesday, but in the end the host Yorkton Raiders prevailed 28-21 in Moose Jaw High School Football League action.

The Tornadoes erased a 21-5 deficit in the second half only to see Layne Hull catch a fourth quarter touchdown pass to put the Raiders ahead for good.

“We came back with a couple of touchdowns and two-point converts to tie it and then they drove back down and got another touchdown and we couldn’t make it up,” said Peacock head coach Blake Buettner. “It was a very entertaining game to watch with lots of offence.”

The story of the first half for the Tornadoes was missed opportunities.

They blocked a punt in the first quarter, but weren’t able to land on the fumble in the end zone and instead picked up a safety.

They also were able to move the ball, but failed to turn it into more than a Kyle Arndt field goal early in the second quarter.

“It would have been nice to get seven points (off of the blocked punt). We were driving the ball, but some mistakes and a lack of execution and we didn’t get in the end zone. It would have been nice to get in the end zone a little earlier,” said Buettner.

The Tornadoes started the comeback when Levi Paul caught a touchdown pass from Sawyer Buettner. Austin Abbott ran in to score a touchdown 10 seconds into the fourth quarter and Paul’s second two-point convert tied the game.

Abbott finished with 120 yard rushing, while Buettner threw for 208 yards. Paul finished with 11 catches for 176 yards for the Tornadoes.

Yorkton quarterback Dalton Fichtner rushed for 132 yards and Zach Kais added 113 yards. Each played had a touchdown.

Hull scored two touchdowns for the Raiders and caught four passes for 82 yards.

Organizations: Yorkton Raiders, Moose Jaw High School Football League

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