Pair of offensive linemen score touchdowns Saturday
The Peacock Tornadoes are unbeaten, but they’re trying to get better.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Peacock receiver Levi Paul makes a leaping catch against Vanier Saturday in Moose Jaw High School Football League action.
The Tornadoes came out strong Saturday as they beat the Vanier Vikings 42-14 in Moose Jaw High School Football League action.
In other league action Central beat Estevan 46-35 in a wild one and the Yorkton Raiders remained unbeaten as they beat Weyburn 28-7.
Tornadoes 42 Vikings 14
The Tornadoes may have been an unbeaten team playing a winless team, but they didn’t take anything for granted.
They needed to be sharp early as Vanier drove the ball on them until a fortunate deflection turned into a Keegan Ludwar interception.
On the next play Lane Bossence ran 54 yards for touchdown and the Tornadoes had the start they were looking for.
“The coaches stressed to us not to take anything for granted,” said Bossence. “It was good to get off to a fast start.”
For the Vikings it was the same old story as a big play early killed them.
“We saw a few things on film we thought we could move the ball on them with and we executed at the start,” said Vanier coach Ryan Gottselig. “The turnover hurt us, but it was the response on defence that hurt us. You can’t give up a score on the next play.”
Levi Paul caught 60- and 20-yard touchdown passes to put the Tornadoes up 21-0. Sawyer Buettner threw his third touchdown pass to Kyle Arndt for a 21-yard score. Nathan Fall ran in from 13 and 37 yards out as the Tornadoes built a 42-0 lead. Fall finished with 149 yards rushing and Paul had 129 yards receiving.
Vanier kept battling. They capped a drive with a one-yard touchdown run by senior lineman Matt Rossler and the Vikings players and fans erupted when he hit paydirt.
“He’s a Grade 12 kid and when you get a big kid like that to score it really fires up the guys,” said Gottselig.
Vikings quarterback Rylan Blacklaws scored a touchdown as well and finished with 101 yards rushing and 87 yards passing.
Both teams are looking to continue to improve.
“That’s one of the things we’re working on fundamentally is playing some good team defence,” said Peacock coach Blake Buettner. “It’s just playing as a group and recognition. We need to recognize the play and then flow to the ball. A lot of that is inexperience. We’re working on getting better every single week. We want the kids to focus and to learn.”
Cyclones 46 Elecs 35
It was a big day for some big linemen as Central’s standout guard Braydon Johnson also scored a touchdown.
Johnson, who was a member of the Football Sask team at the Football Canada Cup, scored on a short run. For most of the game, he and the rest of the Cyclones offensive line helped spark their running game.
“We’re really starting to lean on our front five. They’re really starting to play well,” said Cyclones coach Colin Belsher. “We’re trying to run behind Braydon Johnson. He really anchors our offensive line and allows our running backs to pick up positive yards.”
The teams traded scores early and went into the half tied 21-21. Estevan took a 28-21 lead on their first possession of the second half. Central replied with a touchdown, but missed the convert.
“We really shot ourselves in the foot. We would start rolling along and then we would miss a block here or there or miss a tackle and Estevan would capitalize,” said Belsher.
Led by tailback Zach Hagerman and quarterback Parker Chow, the Cyclones ran the ball about 80 per cent of the time and were able to prevail.