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Central rolls to shutout win over Estevan as playoff picture takes shape

Cyclones score 28 fourth-quarter points on way to 48-0 win at Gutheridge Field; Yorkton win over Peacock to see Raiders facing Weyburn for league title
The Central Cyclones did what they could to stay in the hunt for a spot in the top two in the South 3A 12-Man Football League standings on Saturday afternoon, but in the end the situation was out of their hands.

Central did their part with a 48-0 victory over the Estevan Elecs at Gutheridge Field, but with the Yorkton Raiders taking a 35-0 win over Peacock in Yorkton, the gold medal final is now set -- Yorkton will finish in second place regardless of how things play out, and will do battle with Weyburn in the title game on Oct. 30.

The Cyclones improved to 4-2 and have a bye next week, while Yorkton is 4-1 on the season and has a win over Central heading into the final games of the regular season on Oct. 23. Weyburn was in first place at 4-0 heading into play Saturday, with no score reported from their game against Swift Current.

Things were interesting in the early going between Central and Estevan, as Sam Barth had a pair of touchdown catches for the only points in the first half -- a six-yard catch with 6:46 to play in the first quarter and 29-yard pass-and-run with 3:27 until half.

Layne Johnson extended the lead to 21-0 with the only score in the third quarter, that coming on a three-yard catch with 3:31 to play, setting the stage for a dam burst over the final 12 minutes.

Kaedyn Banilevic (65-yard pass-and-run), Brady Oxborrow (16-yard run), Wil Ansell (two-yard run) and Cole Breitkreuz (65-yard pick-six) all had touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Central piled on the points to close out the contest.

The Cyclones’ air attack was on point on the day, as Ansell went 17-for-27 passing for 325 yards and two interceptions. Banilevic was his main target with six catches for 149 yards, while Barth hauled in five for 80 yards and Breitkreuz four for 72 yards.

Johnson had four carries for 78 yards to lead Central’s ground game and was one of six players with runs on the day. The Cyclones ended up with 176 yards rushing total, finishing with 501 yards of combined offence -- one of the top totals in the league this season.

Estevan was unable to get anything going on the ground and finished with minus-4 total rushing yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Tristan Tober was 6-for-19 passing for 126 yards and three interceptions, with Hayden Borhot having two catches for 62 yards and Hansen hauling in a 41-yard pass for the majority of their yardage.

The final weekend of the regular season this Saturday will see Peacock (2-3) at Weyburn (4-0) and Swift Current at Estevan (. The lone game at Gutheridge Field will see Yorkton taking on the Vanier Vikings (0-4-1), with game time at 1 p.m.