Peacock scores on first nine drives in 70-34 win
SWIFT CURRENT — The Peacock Tornadoes first team offence was unstoppable Friday.
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Nathan Fall from the Peacock Tornadoes breaks a Swift Current Colt tackle as he breaks an 86-yard touchdown run.
Literally. The Tornadoes scored touchdowns on their first nine possessions and they eased to an 70-34 win over the Swift Current Colts in the Moose Jaw High School Football League action.
"Our offence performed really well. We were able to make some big throws and the offensive line did a really good job of giving me time and opening up some holes," said Peacock quarterback Sawyer Buettner who completed seven of 11 pass attempts for 267 yards passing and five touchdowns. He also ran in for a touchdown from one yard out.
The Colts were able to move the ball pretty well at time, but a few big stops by Peacock — and the Colts inability to stop the Tornadoes at all — turned the game into a rout early.
The Colts were driving the ball and trailing 7-0 when the Tornadoes stopped them on third-and-inches from their own 24. The next play Nathan Fall ran 86 yards for a touchdown to put the Tornadoes ahead 14-0. That was the extent of the drama Friday.
Grady Lamontagne scored capped a Colts drive to cut the lead to 14-6, but the Tornadoes scored 49 straight points to go ahead 63-6 midway through the third quarter.
Peacock's Dax Moffatt had a 52-yard interception return, while Emmett Leibel also had an interception.
"The first time we had the ball we had a decent drive and then we made a bad play and we stalled," said Colts head coach Derek Murdoch. "We scored on our second drive and it was 14-6. Our offence is confident that it will move the ball if we execute, but we're so young defensively. You could see it on those one-play drives. Peacock has the best offence in the league, there's no doubt about it."
Nathan Fall finished with 156 yards on seven carries and also had a 50-yard swing pass for a touchdown. He didn't play in the second half. Fall also had a 90-yard touchdown run called back.
"We're happy with how we moved the ball," said Peacock head coach Blake Buettner. "It's a typical coaching thing to say, but I still think we can do some things better. We took some undisciplined penalties and we've done that in a few games. That will hurt you in a close game.
"They moved the ball on us. We still definitely need to play better team defence."
Lane Bossence scored on a 70-yard pass to open the scoring on a pump-and-go on the Tornadoes' third play from scrimmage. Blake Olsen scored on five and 15 yard pass receptions and Kyle Arndt caught a 36-yard touchdown pass. Fall's second rushing touchdown was an 18 yarder.
In the second half Griffin Barrett ran the ball well for the Tornadoes, while Arndt played quarterback after the Tornadoes went ahead 63-6. Arndt scored on a 53 yard touchdown run while playing quarterback.
The Colts scored three straight touchdowns — helped in part by invoking a rule that forced Peacock kickoff to Colts after the Colts had scored three of their touchdowns because of the lopsided score — to cut the lead to 63-26 in the fourth quarter.
"I talked to the guys about winning the second half and we did," said Murdoch. "I give a lot of credit to coach Buettner, they got all of their young guys in. We got a lot of our young guys in for their first catches in the second half.
"It would be very easy for a football team to fold their tents at half time, but we just don't do that."