Cyclones, Raiders continue to roll
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.