The Swift Current Comp. Colts football team finished in third-place in the Moose Jaw High School Football League regular season with a 3-3 record after a 17-7 loss to Moose Jaw AE Peacock on Friday.
For the second time this season the Colts spotted the Tornadoes a pair of early touchdowns before playing a relatively even game the rest of the way.
The Colts allowed a pair of touchdowns by Lucas McKay to trail 14-0 after one quarter.
Tanner Duncan made a game of it in the second quarter with a 50-yard touchdown run to make it 14-7 at the break as Conrad Flatrude added the covert.
But that was all the scoring that the Colts could muster as the Tornadoes added a field goal for a 17-7 final to wrap up a 6-0 regular season.
On offense the Colts went to the air only four times in 41 plays with no completions. Duncan led the running game with 28 carries for 196 yards. The Colts gained nine first downs on 208 yards of total offense but fumbled the ball five times, three of which were recovered by the Tornadoes.
AE Peacock was led by quarterback Josh Huschi who was 13 for 24 through the air for 218 yards. Adam Bachiu pulled down six receptions for 90 yards, an average of 15 yards per catch.
On the ground the Colts limited the Tornadoes to 95 yards on 23 carries. Overall the Tornadoes gained 12 first downs on 313 yards of total offense but fumbled six times, only one though was recovered by the Colts.
“If you throw out the first quarter then we played pretty solid,” said head coach Derek Murdoch. “We gave them a good fight. We ran the ball almost 98 per cent I think, but we were effective doing it. We found little ways to shoot ourselves in the foot. We would drive the ball and then just some little mistake would cause us to punt. Our defense settled down after that first quarter and they didn’t get anything after that. Defensively we played them pretty tough again and offensively we just have to finish some drives.”
Murdoch admitted that once again a slow start was his team’s undoing.
“We have had the guys completely jacked up and vibrating before the game and that didn’t work. Yesterday we had everybody just low key and ready to go and that didn’t work. We have talked about it with the guys, we are 3-3 and the three that we have won we had great starts and the three games that we lost were bad starts. We will try and come up with something this week but I think that the guys will be ready as everything gets turned up a notch in the playoffs. We have 17 guys that are looking at potentially the end of the road so it should be pretty easy to get them up, it is just following through once that game starts.”
In the last game of the regular season the Central Cylones scored late to upset the Vanier Vikings, tying the Colts, Cyclones, and Vikings at 3-3. After a complicated tie-breaking procedure the Cyclones finished second, followed by the Colts, and then the Vikings setting up a quarter-final meeting between Vanier and Estevan on Tuesday with the winner facing top-ranked AE Peacock in the semi-finals.
Swift Current will travel to Moose Jaw on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. to face Central with the championship final set for October 31st in Moose Jaw. In their only previous meeting the Colts defeated the Cyclones 23-20 on September 18th.
“I think that our guys should feel good going into that match-up,” said Murdoch.
“We played well here when we beat them. The first half that we played against them was probably our best half of football here and then we took our foot off the gas in the second half and let them back in the football game. Their strength is their quarterback so we will do what we can to limit what he is able to do. We will try and make things tough to get a read on what we are doing and we will force him to make plays. I think our defense has played really well this year and offensively we just have to keep pounding the ball.”