When Peacock tailback Nathan Fall wasn’t able to play Saturday, the Tornadoes were happy to have another talented runner to fall back on: Nathan’s brother Chris.
Chris Fall ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns as the Tornadoes beat the Weyburn Eagles 29-7.
“Nathan was out and I had to fill in. It turned out pretty well on the scoreboard. All he told me was to not take his spot for the final,” said Fall.
“With the wind we knew the running game was going to be important today. We have an awesome o-line and they’re the reason we won that game.”
The Tornadoes will not play the Yorkton Raiders in the Moose Jaw High School Football League final next Saturday afternoon at Gutheridge Field.
Nathan Fall missed the start of the season, but still led the league with 765 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. The Tornadoes were hoping he would be ready to play after their bye, but his older brother filled in admirably.
“We had some adversity going into this one. Nathan Fall was a little sore from our previous games. We wanted to rest him and run his brother Chris,” said Peacock head coach Blake Buettner.
“The guys responded well to the adversity,” said Buettner.
In addition to Fall’s rushing yards, he also caught a pair of screen passes for 35 yards. He had been playing primarily on defence heading into the game, but said it didn’t take long for his running instincts to kick back in.
“The biggest adjustment is reading your blocks. Most guys can run as fast as they can, but you’re going to get a lot more yards — even if you go three-quarters speed — if you find the holes, follow your blockers and weave on through.”
Fall scored a 19-yard touchdown run gave the Tornadoes a 7-0 lead heading into half time.
Fall broke off a 47-yard run in the third quarter. Weyburn conceded a safety heading into the stiff wind and Peacock took a 15-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
“Field position was key. Unfortunately we ended up on the wrong end of the stick with field position,” said Weyburn head coach Darren Abel.
Kyle Arndt ran in from two yards out to add to the Tornadoes’ lead before Fall’s 12-yard touchdown gave Peacock a 29-0 advantage.
Bryce MacMillan finished an impressive game with a four-yard touchdown for Weyburn with 27 seconds left.
Though they failed to hold the shutout, the Tornadoes defence held the Eagles to 195 yards of total offence.
“The defence did really well,” said Fall. “Everyone is playing their positions and everyone is trusting each other, so everything is working out perfectly.”