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Yorkton defeats Swift Current to win high school football championship

Raiders hold off Colts with fourth quarter surge to take 31-17 win in Yorkton
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Things might have been a little too close for comfort at points in the second half, but in the end the final result was the same as it has been all season for the Yorkton Raiders.

And with their 31-17 victory over the Swift Current Colts on Saturday in Yorkton, the Raiders are once again Saskatchewan Rural Football League champions.

Quarterback Connor Watrych scored a pair of one-yard touchdowns and Val Declines ran 17 times for 165 yards as the Raiders built a 14-0 lead at half and held off a spirited third-quarter comeback by the Colts before pulling away in the final frame.

Yorkton’s edge at the break was cut into by Rhett Vavra with a five-yard TD catch before a two-point convert closed the score to 14-8. A rouge later in the quarter closed the score to 14-9 through three frames.

Watrych restored the two-score lead in the fourth, though, and a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown by Brad Heskin sealed the deal once and for all.

Austin Stewart added a 22-yard field goal in the final quarter, while Noah Bymak had Yorkton’s other major on an eight-yard run in the second quarter.

Karter Duclos scored the Colts’ final touchdown on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.

The contest also acted as a provincial semifinal, with Saskatoon 5A 12-man champion Bishop Mahoney taking a 14-2 win over Regina champion Balgonie Greenall in the other semi on Saturday.

Yorkton will host Bishop Mahoney in the provincial final on Saturday, Nov. 9.




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