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Central falls to Yorkton, Peacock downs Estevan in high school football

Peacock takes 21-8 victory at Gutheridge Field on Saturday, Cyclones drop 28-23 decision in Yorkton on Friday
The Central Cyclones and Yorkton Raiders put together another classic battle in South 3A 12-Man Football League action on Friday evening, as both teams staged comebacks before the Raiders went on to a 28-23 win in Yorkton.

The other league contest on Saturday saw the Peacock Tornadoes take an early lead and go on to a 21-8 win over the Estevan Elecs at Gutheridge Field.

Yorkton improved to 3-1 and moved into second place with the win, while Central fell to 3-2 and sit in third. Peacock is now 2-2 on the campaign while Estevan dropped to 0-3-1.

Yorkton 28, Central 23

Through the early going in Yorkton, it looked as if the defending league champion Raiders were on their way to a comfortable win -- a 13-3 lead at the half, with Central’s only points coming off a Rylan Schaffer field goal.

That all changed after the break, though, as Layne Johnson scored on a 29-yard run and Cole Breitkreuz had a 55-yard pass-and-run TD catch to put the Cyclones ahead 17-13 heading into the final frame.

True to form, though, the Raiders found a way to rally. Noah Schneider scored his second major of the game on a one-yard run and after Yorkton forced a safety, Andrew Leslie would score the game-winning touchdown on a 33-yard catch with 45 seconds to play.

Schaffer had 12- and nine-yard field goals in the fourth quarter.

Andrew Brown had a 45-yard catch and Schneider a three-yard touchdown plunge for Yorkton’s first-half points. 

Yorkton amassed 223 yards in taking the win, Central had 345 yards of offence, including 209 yards through the air on 12-for-22 passing by Wil Ansell. 

Yorkton is back in action Saturday when they host Peacock, while Central hosts Estevan.

Peacock 21, Estevan 8

The Tornadoes didn’t waste a whole lot of time getting going, as Braxton Hooper hauled in a seven-yard pass for their first major four minutes into the game and then scored his second touchdown four minutes later on a 38-yard catch.

Josh Johnson extended the lead to 20-0 on a three-yard run with 2:37 to play in the third quarter.

Estevan made it a two-score game when J.T. Schrader picked up a fumble and went 50 yards for the scoop-six 20 seconds into the fourth quarter, but a Hooper rouge would close out scoring with 7:26 to play.

The Elecs’ other points came on a second-quarter safety.

Kaden Gusa led Peacock’s offence with 13 carries for 78 yards, while Johnson had five carries for 49 yards. All told, the Tornadoes had a total of 152 yards on the ground.

The Tornadoes also had a solid passing attack, as Johnson caught four passes for 50 yards and Hooper three for 49. Quarterback Keaton Doerksen capped the contest at 9-for-17 passing for 107 yards.

Peacock would finish the contest with 266 yards total offence.

Daniel Armstrong had 12 carries for 62 yards to lead Estevan, Dorian Sifton had two catches for 20 yards. Tristan Tober was 5-for-13 passing for 29 yards.

Estevan had 51 yards total offence.