ESKIMOS 24 RIDERS 19

October 20th, 2014

REGINA – Mike Reilly staged an 84-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter to lift the Edmonton Eskimos to a 24-19 victory over the host Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday.

Reilly called his own number on the touchdown, a five-yard run that saw him dive across the goal-line.

The Eskimos’ defence shut out Kerry Joseph and the Riders’ offence until the final minute of the second half, while Reilly and Edmonton’s special teams scored 20 unanswered points after halftime en route to their second straight win to improve to 11-5.

Edmonton trailed 13-4 at the break.

Reilly completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 260 yards and an interception.

Joseph, playing in his first game in more than a year, started at quarterback for the Riders (9-7) and was 17 of 36 passing for 213 yards and two touchdown, and was intercepted twice.

Joseph provided Saskatchewan with a spark in the first half as the 41-year-old found slotback Brett Swain for a 17-yard touchdown. Swain made a pretty diving catch in the end zone for the only major score in the first half.

Chris Milo kicked a 17-yard field goal and the Riders, who have lost four straight games, enjoyed a rare lead at the half. Milo had two field goals, with the other coming from 43 yards.

Edmonton opened the second half with Kendial Lawrence returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to cut into the Riders’ lead.

Hugh O’Neill’s 46-yard field goal with five minutes to go in the third quarter put the Eskimos in front at 14-13.

Joseph hooked up with Korey Williams on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 42 seconds remaining. The two-point convert failed.

O’Neill kicked three field goals on the day and picked up a single on a missed field goal attempt.

Adarius Bowman, who leads the CFL with 117 recpetions, had six catches to break Craig Ellis’ team record for receptions in a season. Ellis had 116 catches in 1990.

Meanwhile, the Riders’ offence struggled to incorporate slotback Weston Dressler in their attack. Dressler managed just two catches in the game and has only 10 receptions in his last four games.

The Riders will travel to Calgary next week to face the first-place Stampeders, while Edmonton has the bye.

(Canadian Press)

RIDERS-TICATS TRADE

September 24th, 2014

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired international defensive lineman Brandon Boudreaux, along with a fourth-round selection in the 2015 CFL Draft and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
 
In 30 games over the last three seasons with the Tiger-Cats, Boudreaux recorded 62 defensive tackles and 12 quarterbacks. The 25-year-old led the Ti-Cats defence in quarterback sacks last season with seven on his way to being named an East Division All-Star.   
 
In exchange, the Riders have sent a third-round selection in the 2015 CFL Draft, a third-round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft and a negotiation list player to Hamilton.

DRESSLER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

September 23rd, 2014

Saskatchewan Roughrider receiver/returner Weston Dressler has been named a CFL Player of the Week.
 
The 29-year-old was named Special Teams Player of the Week following an impressive outing in the Riders 35-32 overtime win versus Ottawa on Sunday. The North Dakota native had five punt returns for a 103 yard total, including a 78 yard return for touchdown.
 
Dressler also added a game high 125 yards receiving on seven receptions, including a 60 yard touchdown.
 
Through four regular season games played, the seven year Rider has registered 13 punt returns for 219 yards and two touchdowns, and one kickoff return for 17 yards. He’s also added 16 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown. 
 
This is the third time in his career Dressler has picked up CFL Player of the Week honours and second Special Teams recognition. 
 
It is the eleventh time this season a Rider has earned Player of the Week honours after John Chick (three), Ricky Foley (three), Sam Hurl, Rob Bagg, Jerome Messam, Anthony Allen and now Weston Dressler have all been recognized.     
 

RIDERS 35 REDBLACKS 32 (2 OT)

September 21st, 2014

REGINA – Chris Milo kicked a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give the Saskatchewan Roughriders a 35-32 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks on Sunday.

It was Milo’s second chance to win the game in extra time. On the Riders’ first possession, he missed a 37-yard field goal attempt. A bad snap affected the timing of the play and the kick sailed wide.

Ottawa, however, couldn’t take advantage of the missed opportunity. Kicker Brett Maher had a chance to tie the game for the Redblacks with a 37-yard field goal attempt, but it was blocked and fell short.

In his second straight start, Saskatchewan quarterback Tino Sunseri faired much better than the previous week.

Sunseri engineered a last-minute, game-tying touchdown drive to force overtime. A pass interference penalty moved the Riders to the Ottawa one-yard line with 54 second remaining in regulation. One play later, running back Anthony Allen plunged ahead for a one-yard touchdown run to pull the Riders to within two at 32-30. Weston Dressler caught the two-point convert to pull the Riders even.

Sunseri finished the day 20 for 32 passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

(The Canadian Press)

SUNSERI ANSWERS QUESTIONS

September 18th, 2014

The 8-3 Saskatchewan Roughriders hit the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since Sunday’s 28-3 loss in Hamilton. Quarterback Tino Sunseri took questions on suffering a loss in his first pro start.

ON WHAT HE LEARNED FROM THE GAME

TS: Well shoot as soon as we got out of the locker room I was able to download the game and look at the tape and start going through play-by-play, pick it apart and see what I was looking at, what my footwork was like, look at it like a coach and the way I was playing and I took a lot away from it. It was my first start, making sure I was on rhythm with everybody, making sure we can do anything possible to make it smooth. That’s why we worked extra today so we can make sure our timing is right, right route depths and make sure we’re all on the same page.

ON THE TICATS DEFENSIVE GAME PLAN

TS: You always have to give the other team credit. They went out and made plays. We missed some throws on certain plays and they covered some things up. We made the adjustments to this week we can play fast and confident and make plays.

ON HIS CONFIDENCE RIGHT NOW

TS: My confidence is always through the roof. You can tell – I’ve always been a very confident individual when I step on the field. They’ll battle for me and I’ll battle for them. We’re excited to play. Whenever you don’t play as well as you want to, the game can’t come fast enough. You always want to put points on the board and win.

HOW CRITICAL ARE YOU OF YOUR PLAY?

TS: I’m always critical of my performance. Even when they said I played well against BC, and other teams, I was critical. I missed throws and that’s how you get better – being critical and picking it apart.

ON THE GAME PLAN IN HAMILTON

TS: Coach Cortez always does a great job of getting us prepared in the film room and on the practice field. We just have to execute a high level. He’s done a great job and let’s not be too critical — we’re 8-3 and so we need to understand we lost last week and this is a new week.

MONDAY CHAMBLIN COMMENTS

September 15th, 2014

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin met with reporters Monday morning at Mosaic Stadium to discuss Sunday’s 28-3 loss in Hamilton which dropped their record to 8-3.  Here are his comments:

ON TINO SUNSERI’S FIRST PRO START

CC:  I’m sure that’s not the start he wanted.  Neither of us wanted.  There’s things I’m sure he stayed up all night rewinding and replaying in his mind.  That’s a part of football.  I know he’ll get better and get back to the drawing board.  Darian will be around this week and I’m sure that’ll help him also, being able to bounce some things of him.

Tino has to get all the reps.  There’s nothing in practice that simulates the speed of the game and the speed of your opponent.  He has to get those game reps and you could see change near the latter part of the quarters.  He started to feel a bit more comfortable.  He’s a professional and he’s growing and hopefully he’s a lot more comfortable going into his next start.

ON TINO’S UNCOMFORTABILIITY IN THE POCKET

CC:  Versus their defense, lately, Hamilton’s been playing a lot of pressure.  With pressure it doesn’t matter if they’re young quarterbacks or old quarterbacks, it usually pushes them to the edge. I thought he’d look a little bit better but he didn’t and I’m sure he will in the upcoming weeks.

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST ISSUE?

CC:  Being his first start.  Darian always says it’s one thing when you’re the back-up and correcting all the plays.  It’s just like coaching — you can question coordinators all days until you actually run the plays.  It’s always easier to be in second than be in first.

ON THE TEAM PLAY AROUND TINO

CC:  I don’t think we played well enough in all three phases to win the game.  It was close at one points, but I don’t think we played well enough in all three areas.  It wasn’t solely on Tino.  He has part to play, but there are two other phases as well.

We have to rebound from a loss.  He can make the throws and reads, he’s a smart guy, but he has to get his confidence and let his nerves settle.

We didn’t play our best ball.  We’ve been playing good ball, not great ball, and it’s been declining.  We’ve been playing hard-fought games but it showed in this one we weren’t 100%.  We didn’t have 100% execution and we didn’t have 100% energy level.  But I think those things will be corrected as we move forward.

IS THERE ANY THOUGHT TO ANOTHER QUARTERBACK STARTING?

CC:  No.  There’s no debating that.  Like I said, now you’re just starting down another road starting another one and he’d have to get his nerves ready.  Both guys will prepare like they’ll see time and we’ll move forward from there.  There’s no point bringing a new quarterback in and I don’t know where he’d come from or how long it would take to learn the system.  Tino knows the system and same thing with Seth.

TICATS 28 RIDERS 3

September 14th, 2014

HAMILTON, Ont. (CP) – Zach Collaros and the Hamilton Tiger-cats created a three-way tie for first place in the CFL’s East Division on Sunday.

Collaros threw two touchdown passes and the Tiger-Cats defence shut down the league’s best running game en route to a 28-3 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“It was a complete football game today in all three phases, which is what you want to see,” said Hamilton head coach Kent Austin. “Especially after a tough loss on the road (38-31 to Montreal in which the Ticats gave up a huge lead). Just tells you about the character in that locker-room and the quality of our guys.

“We’ve gotten better as a football team. We didn’t have the lulls in this game that we’ve had before. . . And guys are growing up a little bit.”

Hamilton (3-7) moves into a three-way tie for first in the East with Toronto and Montreal, who both lost this weekend.

And Saskatchewan, missing injured quarterback Darian Durant, saw its league-best winning streak end at seven games. With a record of 8-3, the Riders fall into a share of second spot with Edmonton in the mighty CFL West Division.

Collaros threw touchdown passes to Luke Tasker and Terrell Sinkfield scored on a 58-yard punt return for the victory in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,135 fans at Tim Hortons Field.

“It feels good to win,” said Collaros, who completed 29 of 36 pass attempts for 287 yards, two TDs and one interception. “I thought the offensive line did a great job all day. That’s a heckuva D-line over there.”

Ticat kicker Justin Medlock hit field goals from 50 and 51 yards and added a 57-yard punt single, but hit the left upright in the third quarter from 43 yards out. Saskatchewan kicker Chris Milo hit a 10-yarder on his lone attempt.

Hamilton receiver Andy Fantuz made 11 catches for 108 yards.

The Ticats won the battle for time of possession, controlling the ball for 32:13 to Saskatchewan’s 27:47. They had seen that as a key battle in keeping their own defence rested. And that seemed to pay off. The Ticat defence held the Saskatchewan rushing attack to 105 yards _ an attack that averaged 150.7 yards per game coming in.

Meanwhile, the Roughrider defensive line, that had sacked Collaros 10 times in their first meeting to start the season (a Saskatchewan 31-10 win), only got to him three times.

Hamilton’s defence sacked Tino Sunseri five times.

Ticats defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinauer said you can plan a defensive strategy, but it’s up to the players to execute it.

“What I saw (today) were guys that didn’t want to lose,” he said. “To be honest with you, (I saw) a different level of intensity in their preparation starting early in the week and it just followed all the way through four quarters today.”

Sunseri, starting in place of Durant, who is expected to be out for the season after tearing a tendon in his right elbow, completed nine of 21 pass attempts for 88 yards, one interception and no touchdowns.

Saskatchewan coach Corey Chamblin said the game was a challenge. With the best running game in the league right now and a back-up quarterback running the offence, everybody expected his team to run the ball.

The Riders rush about 47 per cent of the time _ more than any other team in the league. Heading into the game, they led the league with 1,507 net yards on the ground.

But when you’re riding a seven-game win streak, you know it has to eventually end.

“When you’ve been winning so long, eventually you have to come down,” Chamblin said. “It’s part of football. There have been lots of games we won but we could have lost. This one, there was a chance when we were down by just 10 points (at the end of the half), but we lost. It’s not stunning. It’s a part of football.”

Hamilton mismanaged the clock at the end of the first half, squandering a scoring opportunity while in Saskatchewan territory, and took a 13-3 lead into halftime.

Medlock couldn’t add to the lead early in the third when his 43-yard field-goal attempt hit the left upright. But Sinkfield made it 20-3 for the Ticats soon after when he returned a 38-yard punt by Milo 58 yards for the touchdown.

Roughrider defensive lineman Derek Walker shut down another promising Hamilton drive late in the third with an interception at the Saskatchewan 12, grabbing a deflected pass from Collaros.

But with less than four minutes left to play, Hamilton finished an 85-yard drive with a 14-yard TD pass from Collaros to Tasker. Medlock’s 57-yard punt single made it 28-3.

Hamilton was up 6-0 at the end of the first quarter on two Medlock field goals, from 50 and 51 yards with the wind. The Ticats followed the game plan controlling the ball for most of the quarter, keeping it away from the Roughriders’ powerful running backs.

A short 20-yard punt by Milo near the end of the quarter gave the Ticats the ball at the Saskatchewan 44. Four plays later, Collaros hit Tasker for a 14-yard catch-and-run TD to open second-quarter scoring and take a 13-0 lead.

Saskatchewan finally got on the board when Milo hit a 10-yard field goal with three minutes left in the half. The Roughriders took 11 plays and 4:54 to move 55 yards, aided by three Hamilton penalties, but the Ticat defence came up big with first-and-goal at the three-yard-line, stuffing Jerome Messam at the line of scrimmage and then forcing an incomplete throw in the end zone.

The half ended 13-3 as Hamilton missed an opportunity to get at least a field goal. After driving 62 yards to the Saskatchewan 21, the Ticats ran a play from scrimmage with about seven seconds remaining but couldn’t get the ball out of bounds fast enough and time expired before any attempt at a scoring play.

ONE RIDER, TWO OTHERS FINED

September 11th, 2014

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League announced today that it has fined the following players:

Edmonton Eskimo defensive back Patrick Watkins for making offensive and inappropriate comments directed towards an opponent during last Saturday’s game against the Calgary Stampeders.

Winnipeg Blue Bomber offensive lineman Steve Morley for punching an opponent during Sunday’s game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive back Paul Woldu for making avoidable physical contact with an on-field official during their Week 10 game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday, August 31.

As per league policy, the amounts of the player fines were not disclosed.

RIDERS ADD QB

September 10th, 2014

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced international quarterback Keith Price has signed with the team. As per club policy terms of the contract were not released.
 
Price (6’1 – 202) joins the Riders after recently attending the Seattle Seahawks rookie camp. He had originally signed with the defending Super Bowl champs in June, 2014 as an undrafted free agent.
 
The 23-year-old California native had spent the previous four seasons as quarterback of the University of Washington Huskies. In 46 career games, Price completed 757 of 1,183 pass attempts (64.0%) for 8,921 yards and 75 touchdowns.

DURANT DONE FOR THE YEAR

September 9th, 2014

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced international quarterback Darian Durant suffered a significant arm injury during Sunday’s game in Winnipeg.
 
Durant, who was injured in the third quarter, travelled back to Regina with the team following the game where he received thorough medical assessment. Tests have revealed Durant suffered a torn tendon in his right elbow that will require surgery.
 
As a result, the 32-year-old has been added to the teams 6 game injury list and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.