It wasn’t pretty!
The Calgary Stampeders had their way with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in CFL pre-season play Friday night at Mosaic Stadium as four different quarterbacks threw a touchdown pass in a 39-12 rout.
Zach Collaros’ first game as a Rider was one in which he struggled going 6 of 16 for 41 yards while taking several big hits from what was a porous offensive line.
Collaros says despite the many hits he took he feels fine, but he didn’t feel good about the game overall.
“Its not the result we wanted, but there are things we can take away from it that will affect us positively and help us going into next week”. Collaros said. “A lot of things weren’t working for us, but we just couldn’t get into a rhythm.”
The best quarterback of the night was David Watford. He was 9 of 17 for 172 yards with a touchdown (33 yard pass to Caleb Holley) and an interception in a game he wasn’t supposed to play in according to head coach Chris Jones earlier this week. However, an angry Jones said he was left with no choice to abandon his quarterback rotation because of the lack of protection both Collaros and Brandon Bridge received.
“I didn’t want to risk our A-group and B-group quarterbacks going out there. The other guys have a little bit more mobility so I put them in there. That way if it breaks down, they can move.” Jones said. “I would like to see them stay between themselves and the quarterbacks.”
The loss comes after a 35-12 defeat at the hands of the Eskimos to open the pre-season. Jones says the effort put forth by his team on this night was worse than the one in Edmonton.
“This game was much worse. It comes down to execution, not taking penalties, and staying in front of the returner.” Jones said. “You can tell by the way I’m feeling right now that I’m not pleased with the way things went in the first and second quarter. They had their backups against our starters in the second quarter on offence and we didn’t do anything.”
Jones and the rest of his coaching staff will now go through film before deciding who stays and who goes. Cuts will be made on Saturday as the Riders and the rest of the league reduce their rosters to 46 players and 10 practice roster players. Those cuts have to be made by 8 am CST on Sunday.
The green-and-white open the season next Friday night against the Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium in a 7 o’clock start.