The Yorkton Atom Gridders continued their winning ways in Regina on Sunday as they won a 46-45 shootout over the Balgonie Griffins North in a game that featured seven touchdowns for the young Gridders. The win moved the Gridders to 4-1 and cements their place as a team that will be in the hunt for the RMF title come the end of the regular season.
Offense was clearly the main factor in what was a wild game as seven total touchdowns put 42 of the Gridders 46 points on the board, making the Gridders four extra points the decisive difference over the North Griffins. Scoring for the Gridders were Dylan Lepowick with a team high four touchdowns, Garion Miller with two and quarterback Jordin Rusnak for one touchdown to round out a very lively Gridders attack.
Despite allowing 45 points, the Gridders defense did do their work with four turnovers on the day. Two interceptions from Brad Heskin and Steven Smith as well as fumble recoveries from Mason Lammers and Matthew Cochrane gave the Gridders defense some positives on the day after giving up big points to a talented Griffins North offense.
In other Yorkton RMF action the YRHS Jr. Raiders won their first game of the 2012 season against the Regina Lakers in a 24-18 contest to start a hopeful second half turnaround. While the Pee Wee Yorkton Gridders lost 47-0 to the Mustangs in what was a long day at the office for the young Gridders. September 22nd sees another triple-header at Century Field for the Yorkton Minor football program as all three RMF clubs host afternoon action at the grounds.
The 4-1 Atom Gridders look to lock down one of the top seeds heading into the playoffs and their second straight home victory against the Regina Bears in their last home game of the 2012 season at eleven a.m. While the Pee Wee Gridders look to turn things around after their 47-0 defeat and stay in the hunt against the Vikings in the second game of the triple-header. The YRHS Jr. Raiders once again close the day and look to continue to erase the memories of a heartbreaking first half of the season as they host the Weyburn Falcons.
With Saturday serving as the last day of the season for the Atom Gridders and just three games left in the Pee Wee and Jr. Raiders seasons these games seasons this Saturday’s slate of games are de facto must wins, especially for the Pee Wee and Jr Raiders who are battling to extend their seasons into October and can help themselves out with home wins and gain momentum going into the final two weeks of the regular season. Saturday is going to be an entertaining day for Yorkton Minor Football as three young teams continue their seasons.