Cy­clones, Raiders con­tinue to roll

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The Moose Jaw High School Foot­ball League games on Oct. 4 showed just how dan­ger­ous the Cen­tral Cy­clones and York­ton Raiders have be­come as the play­offs edge closer and closer.

The league’s first and se­cond place teams put on a pair of of­fen­sive shows as the Cy­clones rolled to a 64-16 win over the Este­van Elecs at Gutheridge Field and the Raiders ham­mered Swift Cur­rent 51-7 in York­ton. Cen­tral im­proved to 4-1 on the sea­son, Este­van fell to 1- 4; York­ton im­proved to 5-0, Swift Cur­rent closed out their reg­u­lar sea­son with a 4-2 record.

For Cen­tral, things were a lit­tle too close for com­fort in the early go­ing, as they found them­selves hold­ing on to a 16-6 lead at one point in the se­cond quar­ter. That all changed af­ter half­time, as Cen­tral went on an of­fen­sive tear, putting up 35 points and pick­ing up a pair of in­ter­cep­tions to put the game away.

“We got of to a good start which gave us a lot of en­ergy, then we kind of wore down in the se­cond quar­ter and didn’t play our kind of foot­ball and tried to force things,” said Cy­clones quar­ter­back Ethan John­son, who was 17for-25 pass­ing for 357 yards. “Af­ter half­time we made some ad­just­ments, picked it up and played well the rest of the game.”

C.J. Vin­cent caught seven passes for 153 yards and three touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 23-yard catch 30 sec­onds into the game and a 45-yard pass-and-run 32 sec­onds into the fourth quar­ter.

Josh Reidy picked up two touch­downs on his three catches for 67 yards; Ryan Vin­cent, Ri­ley Se­aborn, Daw­son Pearce and Shaad Salido all had one ma­jor each. Such was the usual spread-it-out pass­ing of­fence the Cy­clones have used all sea­son to great ef­fect.

“It’s re­ally nice hav­ing lots of weapons, it take a lot of pres­sure off of me,” John­son said. “When you have a good of­fen­sive line, good re­ceivers and a good run­ning back, it takes a lot of pres­sure off the quar­ter­back and you can get the ball to a lot of dif­fer­ent guys.”

Cen­tral’s de­fence was get­ting things down just as ef­fec­tively, hold­ing the Elecs to mi­nus-39 yards rush­ing, with Este­van’s only points com­ing on a pair of big plays – a 76-yard pass and run in the se­cond quar­ter by Jonah Ba­chor­cik and an 80-yard punt re­turn by Kay­den Lud­wig. The Cy­clones also re­cov­ered four fum­bles. Mean­while, Jor­dan Rus­nack and the York­ton Raiders were break­ing out a ter­ri­fy­ing run­ning game to com­pli­ment their al­ready lethal air at­tack, end­ing up with 554 yards to­tal of­fence against the Colts.

Dy­lan Le­pow­ick led the way with 13 car­ries for 163 yards and two touch­downs while Val De­clines racked up 12 car­ries for 112 yards. The Raiders fin­ished the game with 391 yards rush­ing.

Rus­nack ac­tu­ally had an ‘off’ game by his stan­dards, with 12 for 28 pass­ing for 163 yards and touch­down passes to Car­son Svein­bjorn­son, Tesso Sta­mati­nos and Josh Haczkewicz.

Rhett Vavra’s 78-yard pass-and-run in the se­cond quar­ter was Swift Cur­rent’s lone score.

The MJHSFL capped its reg­u­lar sea­son on Oct. 9 with Cen­tral trav­el­ing to Wey­burn, Vanier fac­ing Pea­cock and Este­van tak­ing on York­ton. Scores were un­avail­able as of press time.

Cen­tral Cy­clones re­ceiver Josh Reidy hauls in a pass in the end zone in front of Este­van’s Dar­son Gunnlaug­son.

Cen­tral’s Ri­ley Se­aborn leaps for a catch in the end­zone as Este­van’s Jon Swirski closes on the play.

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