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Playoff structure set for Rural 5A high school football

Yorkton to travel to Weyburn for league final, Central to take on Swift Current in third-fourth place game, remaining teams to take field in jamboree-style event
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The Peacock Toilers and Estevan Elecs renew hostilities in a special football jamboree alongside Vanier under the Friday night lights on Oct. 29
The playoff picture is now set for the SHSAA Rural 5A High School Football League, and it’ll have a much different look compared to past seasons.

Rather than the usual playoff format featuring quarter-finals, semifinals and a championship game, who plays who and where has been decided by the regular-season standings.

That means the first-place Weyburn Eagles (5-0 heading into the final week of the regular season) will host the Yorkton Raiders (4-1) for the league title on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The two teams met in the first game of the season, where Weyburn pulled off a 10-9 victory.

The third-fourth place game will feature the Central Cyclones (4-2) taking on the Swift Current Colts (2-3). The two teams met back on Oct. 2 in Moose Jaw and saw the Cyclones build a 37-0 lead at half before going on to a 51-14 victory.

That contest will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Gutheridge Field on Oct. 30.

The remaining three teams -- the Peacock Tornadoes (2-3), Vanier Vikings (0-4-1) and Estevan Elecs (0-4-1) -- will take the field in a fun jamboree-style event under the Friday night lights at the Moose Jaw Minor Football practice facility at MacDonald Field.

The unique competition will see each team broken into two and play a rotating set of games, which will feature two contests on the field at once playing toward the end zone from each 40-yard line. Each team will have two sets of 10 plays to score as many points as possible.

Action gets underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.

Admission to playoff games is $5 for adults and $3 for high school students.

Before all that, though, there’s still one weekend of regular-season action to wrap up.

The lone game in Moose Jaw will see Yorkton taking on Vanier at 1 p.m. at Gutheridge Field, while Peacock is at Weyburn and Swift Current travels to Estevan. Central has a bye.