The Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles played the Greenall Griffins from Balgonie in the provincial playoffs for the third year in a row Saturday afternoon. Weyburn had won the previous two meetings, including a win over Greenall in the provincial championship game in 2021. What made the wins even more impressive was that the Eagles held the Griffins to a total of just two points over those two games.
This year, the Eagles have been in the top 10 of the CFC 25 national rankings and were ranked 3rd in the country heading into the game. Greenall was one of the top teams in the country as well and was ranked 13th, their only loss coming against the Miller Marauders of the Regina Intercollegiate Football League during regular season action.
During the matchup on Saturday, Greenall finally managed to score a touchdown against an Eagles defence that bent but didn't break. The major, which came in the dying seconds of the first half, would prove to be the only points the Griffins scored, as Weyburn routed the visitors 33-7, advancing to the provincial championship for the third year in a row.
The Eagles came out to an early lead, and would just keep on adding to it, thanks to a dominant running game led by Owen Istace, and a strong passing game thanks to Conner Kerr. Weyburn would take a 19-7 lead into the locker room after the first two quarters and continued to add to the lead in the second half, tacking on two more majors.
Istace finished the game with 268 yards rushing for the Eagles on 16 carries, with one touchdown. His longest carry was a 73-yard scramble that set up a six-yard touchdown by Alex Junk in the second quarter. The rushing game, which combined for 384 yards, was rounded out by Spencer Bell, who had 35 yards on eight carries ,Isaiah Sanderson, who picked up six yards on on run, and quarterback Kerr, who had two touchdowns along the ground, including a 55 yard scramble.
Kerr would also go 9-for-17 in the air for 117 yards and a touchdown strike to Sanderson, who caught three passes for 44 yards in the game. Jarret Hayward added four catches for 48 yards, and Nolan Uhren had two catches for 25 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Istace again helped lead the way, recording seven tackles. Max Crane had six tackles and an interception, with Kerr also recording a pick. Bell would record two sacks, bringing Greenall pivot Reid Helgason to the ground twice in the game.
The Eagles will now prepare to host the Aden Bowman Bears in the provincial championships next Saturday. The Bears advanced with a 49-9 win over North Battleford Comprehensive School in the North Regional game. The title game will be played at Darold Kot Field in Weyburn, kicking off at 1:00 p.m.
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