The Cyclones scored 30 points in the second quarter on their way to a 37-0 first-half lead and would go on to a 51-14 victory over the Swift Current Colts at Gutheridge Field on Saturday afternoon.
It was much of the same for the unbeaten squad as it has been all season -- plenty of offence, a defence that didn’t allow the Colts room to maneuver and just about everything that could go right going right for the Cyclones as the game progressed.
“These kids, they’re believing in themselves and we keep preaching that what you put in practice during the week is what you’re going to get out of the game,” said Central head coach Colin Belsher. “I think we still need to be strong mentally, we had some mental errors at the beginning of the game that good teams don’t make on a regular basis and if we want to be a good team we have to start eliminating those errors.”
As Belsher alluded to, the only difference on Saturday from their previous two outings was how long it took to get going. Sam Barth’s 46-yard pass-and-run touchdown from Wil Ansell with 6:43 on the clock was the only score for either team in the first half.
That all changed after the end switch, though.
After a safety 16 seconds into the second quarter, Cole Breitkreuz (53-yard pass-and-run), Barth (48-yard run), Jake Giokas(four-yard run) and Brady Oxborrow (one-yard run) all had touchdowns to build Central’s lead.
Breitkreuz added an 18-yard catch to his major totals in the third quarter and Reese Prior capped scoring for the Cyclones with an 80-yard pass-and-run.
Swift Current got on the board when a blocked punt gave the Colts great field position, leading to Zac Cloutier running in from eight yards out 16 seconds into the third quarter. Ty Zinger then capped a solid passing drive with the game’s final points with 2:45 to play.
“Everybody is out there working hard, Swift played hard,” Belsher said. “But it’s a matter of being crisp with what your job is, being really good at what you’re expected to do on any given play on defence or offence. As long as you’re working hard at your craft, your opponent doesn’t matter, whether you’re down or you’re up, as long as you’re working hard that’s all we’re looking for.”
Ansell finished the game 12-for-19 passing for 316 yards, while replacement Brodie Ansell was 3-for-8 passing for 27 yards. Brietkreuz had three catches for 108 yards, Barth three carries for 91 yards and Prior two catches for 91 yards. Eight different players had receptions for Central, nine players had at least one carry. Jake Wilson had two interceptions on defence.
Ryder Smith had three catches for 41 yards to lead the Colts, who had 98 yards of offence on the day.
The two teams are back in action Saturday when Central travels to Weyburn (2-0) in a battle of unbeatens, while Swift Current (2-1) hosts Yorkton (2-1). Vanier (0-2) is in Estevan (0-2) on Friday night.
The other game played this week saw Yorkton take a 67-6 win over Estevan.
The contest between Vanier and Peacock scheduled for Saturday was postponed as the Vikings deal with COVID-19 protocols.