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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


September 8th, 2014

(Vancouver) ‎The BC Lions Football Club confirmed late this afternoon that quarterback Travis Lulay suffered a dislocated right shoulder during Friday night’s game in Ottawa.

“Travis has suffered a shoulder dislocation very similar to the one he had last season,” said Dr. Bob McCormack. “Due to the nature of the injury, the surgery which was performed on Travis’ shoulder last winter has essentially been undone.”

As a result of the injury and subsequent evaluation, Lulay will be placed on the club’s 6-game injured list and his playing status will continue to be reviewed by team doctors and training staff moving forward. 

Lulay suffered a shoulder separation last season on September 15th against the Montreal Alouettes, but returned to action in the final week of the regular season. 


September 8th, 2014

REGINA (CP) - Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant will miss this week’s game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats due to an injured right elbow.
Head coach Corey Chamblin says the star pivot will see the doctor later today.
Durant suffered the injury in Sunday’s 30-24 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
He left the game holding his right arm after being knocked to the turf by Bombers defensive end Bryant Turner in the third quarter.
Tino Sunseri will start for the 8-2 Roughriders when they visit the 2-7 Ticats on Sunday.


September 8th, 2014

WINNIPEG – Defensive back Rod Williams scored on a 60-yard fumble return after a blocked punt and receiver Weston Dressler ran 74 yards for a touchdown on a punt return as the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30-24 on Sunday.

The win was costly, though, as Riders veteran quarterback Darian Durant left the game 5:38 into the third quarterback after he was knocked to the turf by Bombers defensive lineman Bryant Turner.

Durant was on the field moving in pain and then walked to the dressing room holding his right throwing arm with what the Riders later said was an elbow injury.

Tino Sunseri went into the game in place of Durant and led the Riders on a drive that ended with Chris Milo’s 35-yard field goal to make it 30-15.

Williams’ and Dressler’s touchdowns came during the second quarter, when the Riders outscored the Bombers 26-1 _ including 17 points in a four-minute span _ and lifted the defending Grey Cup champion’s into second place in the CFL West Division with an 8-2 record.

Winnipeg quarterback Drew Willy attempted his fifth late-game comeback of the season, hitting Aaron Kelly with a 29-yard TD pass with 2:27 left in the game to make it 30-24.

(The Canadian Press)


September 5th, 2014

The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of former Rider linebacker Ken Reed.
“Ken Reed was a great player, a mainstay in the local business community and an even better person,” stated Riders President/CEO Jim Hopson. “Ken came here as a young American football player and helped us win a Grey Cup. He made the area his permanent home while opening a successful business following his career. He truly will be missed.”
Reed was a linebacker and defensive end with the Roughriders from 1965 to 1970 after spending his first two CFL seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, and was a member of the 1966 Grey Cup champions, the Riders first in franchise history.
As a Roughrider, he played in the 1966, 1967 and 1969 Grey Cup games. He was a member of the 1970 Saskatchewan team that posted a 14-2 record, the best in franchise history, while also being named a West all-star in 1969.
Reed was inducted into the Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honor in 2006.


September 3rd, 2014

The 7-2 Roughriders held an open practice on Day 1 of their practice week on Wednesday.

Absent were punter Josh Bartel and long-snapper Levi Steinhauer who were injured in the Labour Day Classic. Kicker Chris Milo performed punts along with back-up kicker Justin Palardy and slotback Brett Swain. Linebackers Brian Peters and Brandon Whitehouse long-snapped but Special Teams Coach Bob Dyce was clear that neither Bartel nor Steinhauer have been ruled out for Sunday’s Banjo Bowl at Winnipeg.

Quarterback Darian Durant and head coach Corey Chamblin discussed the team’s 7-2 start and compared it to the 8-1 first half record last year. A Banjo Bowl loss in 2013 touched off a four-game slide and both Durant and Chamblin said the team will be careful not to let that happen again. Corey pointed out injuries were a big part of last year’s rough patch.

However the two disagreed on the decibel level of Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field. Chamblin said it’s the noisiest venue in the country while Durant said, no, Mosaid Stadium is still the loudest stadium in Canada.

We’ll have plenty more on today’s SportsCage on 620 CKRM.