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Raider Gridder juggernaut continues to rumble down the gridiron

On defence the Raider Gridders remained stingy, shutting out Swift Current.
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The Raider Gridders defeated Swift Current 44-0.

YORKTON - The Yorkton Regional High School’s senior football team continued its winning ways Saturday. 

This time it was the Swift Current Colts who rolled into the city and left after a thorough trouncing by the Raider Gridders. 

The scoring in the game was nicely split for Yorkton, 27 coming in the opening half and 17 in the final 30-minutes for their 44 points. 

Oh yes, on defence the Raider Gridders remained stingy, shutting out Swift Current. To-date this season Yorkton has allowed only 10 points against, with three shut-outs in four outings. 

The Raider Gridder run game was rolling in the game, with 122 yards in the first half with runs from five different ball carriers, then adding a combined 62 yards in the second half for a total of 184 in the game. 

The game was also notable as Raider Gridder coach Jason Boyda was tossed from the game after officials deemed his complaints of a hit to his quarterback was a little too boisterous. 

The Swift Current player who had been the target of Boyda’s ire would eventually be ejected too after picking up a third objectionable penalty. 

Also before the contest started members of the 1964 Yorkton Collegiate Institute Gridders team in the city for the team’s induction into the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame were recognized.

The ’64 Gridders went undefeated on their way to the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association 8-man football championship.

“Although the team won the first ever 8-man high school championship in 1961 when there were 25 teams competing for the title, it was in 1964 when 43 teams competed for the title that the Gridders had their most successful season,” detailed the HoF induction book.

“The team, made up of 14 veterans and 13 rookies, went undefeated. They easily defeated their opposition at the local league level, as well as during regional and provincial play-offs. In the provincial semi-finals, Yorkton defeated Broadview while Gull Lake defeated Lloydminster. The Gridders went on to defeat Gull Lake in the finals 30-0 and were awarded the Garvie trophy, emblematic of 8-man football supremacy in Saskatchewan.” 

The current Raider Gridders head on the road for their next game, taking on Albert E. Peacock Collegiate in Moose Jaw, Saturday, Oct. 2. 

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