Vanier picks up first win of sea­son

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Sports -

A cou­ple of big plays for touch­downs in the first quar­ter and a goal line stand in the game’s fi­nal minute proved to be the dif­fer­ence as the Vanier Vik­ings picked up their first win of the Moose Jaw High School Foot­ball League sea­son on Satur­day at Gutheridge Field.

Tyler Lorenz had a 62-yard run three min­utes into the game and Cole Coroy a 58-yard pass-and-run with 4:35 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter as Vanier went on to a 17-15 win over the Wey­burn Ea­gles..

“It feels awe­some,” Coroy said when asked about the win, which came af­ter four straight losses to open the sea­son. The Vik­ings didn’t get off to the best of starts, as Wey­burn’s Chase Fill­more scored on a 14-yard run to cap their first drive of the game and take the early lead. Vanier fol­lowed with their two big plays, though, and there the score re­mained un­til Wey­burn quar­ter­back Brett Bowler scored on an eight-yard run early in the third quar­ter to pull the Ea­gles within a field goal. A Vanier safety with 40 sec­onds left in the quar­ter turned it into a four-point game and set the stage for a fran­tic fin­ish.

Wey­burn took over pos­ses­sion just af­ter the three-minute warn­ing and pro­ceeded to run the same off-tackle play five times in a row to get the ball in­side the Vanier 10. There, the Vik­ings de­fence fi­nally stiff­ened and took down Bowler on third and goal with 50 sec­onds re­main­ing to se­cure the vic­tory.

Vanier coach Ryan Gottselig said, “To be able to make the play and get the stop down there when we needed to was huge. The ex­e­cu­tion needs to be bet­ter, but we’ll take the win.”

Lorenz fin­ished the game with 23 car­ries for 45 yards to­tal, in­clud­ing a morass of runs for lost yardage in the sec­ond half, while also go­ing five-for-six pass­ing for 111 yards. Coroy fin­ished the game with three catches to 86 yards.

Vanier im­proved to 1-4 with the win and face Pea­cock in their fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game on Oct. 9. Wey­burn fell to 1-3 and take on the Tor­na­does in their next game on Oct. 4.

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