Friday was the perfect day to be at the beach.
The Peacock Tornadoes and Swift Current Colts decided to take to the air instead.
The two teams made use of the warm, calm weather by opening up their offences. They combined for 891 yards of total offence — 595 of that through the air — in a 41-26 Tornadoes win.
“We got the offence going good with the deep ball and we got some good runs too,” said Peacock quarterback Sawyer Buettner.
“They like to play man and I like that much better than zone — the receivers get chances to go deep.”
With the win the Tornadoes record improves to 3-1 in Moose Jaw High School Football League action. Swift Current drops to 2-2.
The Colts began the game well and moved deep into Peacock territory when Zach Huschi collected his third interception in the last two games to snuff out the drive.
The Tornadoes marched the length of the field and opened the scoring on a Nathan Fall run. The Tornadoes scored on their first four drives and Fall finished with four touchdowns on the day.
Despite trailing 28-7, the Colts didn’t quit. Quarterback Grady Lamontagne scored his first of two touchdowns on the day with two minutes left in the half. The Colts then got a 31-yard field goal from Jon Unger to cut the lead to 28-17 with 37 seconds left.
Just when it looked like the Colts were going to take some momentum into the half Buettner connected with Levi Paul for a 35-yard touchdown with zeroes on the clock.
Unger, the Colts’ kicker/safety, was injured on the play and had to leave the field via ambulance. His absence was felt even more when Fall ran the second half kickoff back 89 yards for a touchdown. In two plays on either side of half time, the Tornadoes had suddenly seen their lead balloon to 41-17.
“The injury at half time kind of took the wind out of us,” said Swift Current head coach Derek Murdoch. “We had three different guys in different spots with our kicker out. The changes were all in the middle and that’s where the return went.”
The Colts didn’t go away. Lamontagne scored before Peacock gave up a safety.
The Colts had chances to get back to within one score, but Peacock stopped them on a third-and-goal from the one yard line early in the fourth quarter.
Buettner finished with 284 yards passing and four passing touchdowns. In addition to Fall’s kick return, he caught 33- and 17-yard touchdown passes and ran in from a yard. He finished with 178 yards rushing and 84 more through the air.
Paul caught five passes for 106 yards — all in the first half — and had touchdowns of 35 and 23 yards.
Lamontagne passed for 286 yards and Duncan Knox caught five balls for 142 yards. Jaylen Mayall also had 89 yards receiving. He had the other Colts touchdown on a 20-yard catch.