Cen­tral, Pea­cock ad­vance to foot­ball semi­fi­nals

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Sports -

The Cen­tral Cy­clones and Pea­cock Tor­na­does both ad­vanced to the Moose Jaw High School Foot­ball League semi­fi­nals on Satur­day. How they got there couldn’t have been more dif­fer­ent.

The Cy­clones found them­selves in an epic de­fen­sive bat­tle with the Vanier Vik­ings, even­tu­ally tak­ing a 2-0 vic­tory; the Tor­na­does used an ef­fec­tive and con­sis­tent run game to take a 2715 win over the Wey­burn Ea­gles. Both games were in cold and windy con­di­tions at Gutheridge Field.

All the scor­ing in the first semi­fi­nal came early in the sec­ond quar­ter when Vanier con­ceded a safety. From that point on it was high-ten­sion de­fen­sive foot­ball that saw Cen­tral es­cape the mas­sive upset – a Hou­dini act that even saw Vanier have a touch­down called back due to a penalty. Ryan Vin­cent led Cen­tral with 18 car­ries for 91 yards; Ethan John­son was 7-for-16 pass­ing for 79 yards. Vanier man­aged only 55 yards of to­tal of­fence, in­clud­ing 19 car­ries for mi- nus-11 yards rush­ing. Phillip O’Reilly had two catches for 27 yards; Tyler Lorenz was 7-for-15 pass­ing for 66 yards.

The other quar­ter-fi­nal saw Pea­cock quarterback Dal­las Lis­ter put to­gether touch­down runs of nine and 20 yards in the sec­ond quar­ter as the Tor­na­does built a 14-0 lead by half­time. Kyle Yam­niuk and Kayde Shymko added ma­jors in the sec­ond half as the Torna- does took the com­fort­able win. Parker Man­tei had pass-and-run touch­downs of seven and 20 yards for Wey­burn.

Lis­ter fin­ished the game with 13 car­ries for 96 yards while Shymko ran 15 times for 90 yards. Lis­ter was 9-for14 pass­ing for 91 yards; Shymko had three catches for 78 yards. Man­tei led the Ea­gles of­fence with five catches for 75 yards as the Tor­na­does de­fence held Wey­burn to 144 yards of to­tal of­fence.

The other quar­ter-fi­nal saw Swift Cur­rent take a 69-22 win over the Este­van Elecs in Swift Cur­rent.

The un­de­feated York­ton Raiders re­ceived a first-round bye.

The MJHSFL semi­fi­nals take place on Oct. 20.

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