First-half hero­ics

Pea­cock re­mains un­de­feated with win over Swift Cur­rent

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Two sec­ond-quar­ter touch­downs lift Cen­tral to vic­tory over Wey­burn

Two touch­downs in the dy­ing min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter lifted the Cen­tral Cy­clones to a 21-3 vic­tory over the win­less Wey­burn Ea­gles on Tues­day at Gutheridge Field.

It was a bat­tle as both de­fences held strong in the first quar­ter to keep things score­less, al­though a missed field goal kept Wey­burn off the board.

“Un­for­tu­nately we had that chip shot field goal that we missed that could have given us a good start,” said Wey­burn head coach Dar­ren Abel. “I wish things could have gone a lit­tle bit bet­ter. We had our op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Wey­burn did fi­nally break through with just over five min­utes left in the sec­ond quar­ter when Thomas Go­ran­son split the up­rights to give Wey­burn an early 3-0 lead.

Af­ter that, Cen­tral’s de­fence held strong. Any­time Wey­burn looked to get mo­men­tum, the Cy­clone’s de­fence would snuff out the drive.

“We’ve had some guys step up this week,” said Cen­tral head coach Colin Belsher. “We’ve had a cou­ple in­juries on the de­fen­sive line and lineback­ing corp. So we had some younger guys in there step up and play in roles they aren’t ac­cus­tomed to.”

Cen­tral fi­nally broke through with just over a minute left be­fore half­time, when quar­ter­back Ethan John­son found Josh Reidy for a seven-yard ma­jor.

Then on the fi­nal play of the sec­ond quar­ter, John­son found Grade 11 slot­back C.J. Vin­cent for a 13-yard strike to ex­tend their lead 14-3. These two touch­downs proved to be huge for the Cy­clones

“Go­ing into half­time we had the vibe that we were go­ing to pull this one out,” Vin­cent said.

Belsher said they first half his team didn’t play well and the touch­downs were the turn­ing point.

“I thought Wey­burn played equal to us if not bet­ter than us in the first quar­ter and a half,” he said. “How­ever, in that last eight min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter I thought we played very very well. Putting those two scores up go­ing into the half was huge for us.”

Vin­cent added the in­sur­ance marker with a touch­down with 6:47 re­main­ing in the game.

With the Cy­clones gam­bling on third-and-one on the Wey­burn 32 yard line, Vin­cent was given the ball on a bro­ken play and took it to the end zone.

“Ac­tu­ally, the play wasn’t even sup­posed to go to me,” Vin­cent said laugh­ing. “Ethan just gave me the ball and I’ve never seen more grass in my life and I went out and scored. It was awe­some.”

In other ac­tion, Pea­cock re­mains un­de­feated af­ter pick­ing up a 42-15 road vic­tory over Swift Cur­rent. Pay­ton Chow had four touch­downs for the Tor­na­does as well as ma­jors from Jack­son Woloschuk and Kyle Yam­niuk.

Gar­rick Ward got the start at quar­ter­back for Pea­cock and went 14 for 25 for 250 yards and one in­ter­cep­tion. Yam­nuik was one-for-one pass­ing for 33 yards.

York­ton also picked up their sec­ond win of the sea­son, eas­ily get­ting by the Estevan Elecs 73-0.

Next ac­tion is Satur­day with Wey­burn host­ing Estevan and Cen­tral and Vanier fac­ing off at Gutheridge Field. Both games start at 1 p.m. York­ton will play host to Swift Cur­rent at 2 p.m.

SHAWN SLAGHT/TIMES-HER­ALD

Cen­tral Cy­clones quar­ter­back Ethan John­son tosses the ball to run­ning back Daw­son Pearce.

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