It took the Peacock Tornadoes 17 seconds to respond after the Yorkton Raiders drew first blood in the high school football city final.
And what a response it was.
The Tornadoes scored seven straight touchdowns to grab a 49-7 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. The Tornadoes beat the Raiders 49-29.
“I give credit to the coaching staff for the preparation they did this week in getting ready for the game and credit to the kids for coming out as hard as they needed to, to beat that good Yorkton team,” said Peacock head coach Blake Buettner.
“I’m just really proud of our whole team.”
The Raiders opened the scoring when Dalton Fichtner found Mike Balysky for a touchdown.
Lane Bossence responded for Peacock by running the ensuing kickoff back 109 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders never recovered.
“Everyone was telling me that I changed the momentum for the game. That feels good. It’s the first time I’ve done that,” said Bossence who had the ball bounce past him before he retrieved it on his one yard line. “When that ball went back I didn’t expect that we would get many yards, but everyone blocked.”
Peacock held the Raiders to consecutive two-and-outs and Nathan Fall broke a 64-yard touchdown run to put the Tornadoes ahead for good.
On a third-and-two from the 11 yard line, Fall scored a touchdown to give Peacock a 21-7 lead after a quarter.
Bossence caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Sawyer Buettner after a bit of trickery in the Peacock backfield.
Peacock fullback Blake Olsen carried five Yorkton tacklers into the end zone on a 15 yard scoring run.
Fall scored his third touchdown of the half — he rushed for 162 yards on 13 carries in the first half alone — to put the Tornadoes up 41-7 at the half.
Olsen scored from a yard out on the first play of the fourth quarter to extend the Peacock lead.
Yorkton scored three touchdowns in the fourth as Peacock gave some of their younger players some championship experience.
Fichtner ran in from four yards out, Zach Kais scored on a two-yard run and Ryan Krochak caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Fichtner on the final play of the game to round out the scoring.