© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Peacock's Nathan Fall, right, cuts back to avoid the tackle of Vanier's Eric Cannon.
Nathan Fall missed the first three weeks of the high school football season, but the Peacock running back didn’t miss a beat.
Fall had a big day running the ball, Sawyer Buettner had a good day throwing it and the result was a 34-0 win by the Peacock Tornadoes over the Vanier Vikings.
“Nathan is an experienced back and he’s played running back for quite a few years. For his first game back I thought he did some good things. He’s going to need to get his game wind, but that will come,” said Peacock coach Blake Buettner. “It was nice to have that balance today.
“We were happy with the kids’ effort, but we still have a long way to go.”
The Tornadoes opened the scoring when Buettner found Caleb Havanka for a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Kyle Arndt kicked a 21-yard field goal and the Vikings conceded a safety which gave the Tornadoes a 12-0 lead at the half.
The Vikings defence — led by Christian Pearce and Nicholas Schock — held the Tornadoes at bay for the better part of three quarters.
“They came at us in a physical way. They had the edge early on us we just couldn’t gain the advantage on them,” said Vanier head coach Doug Panko. “What you were seeing a reflection of playing our fourth game in two weeks. They were tired. It was a little bit of that.”
Fall broke off a pair of big runs and finished a drive with a seven-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 19-0 with 1:36 left in the third quarter.
Lane Bossence caught 22- and nine-yard touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for the Tornadoes to complete the scoring.