Peacock remains undefeated with win over Swift Current
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.
Central Cyclones quarterback Ethan Johnson tosses the ball to running back Dawson Pearce.