With the Regina Rams hanging on to a 32-27 lead over the Manitoba Bisons at Leibel Field with seconds to play in the 4th quarter, Regina Rams head coach Steve Bryce says the win was what mattered even though it was pre-season. A pass to the endzone was knocked away preserving the five point victory leaving the winning head coach satisfied.
“Winning always matters!” Bryce said as his players headed to the locker room. “We tell the guys in an exhibition game that the scoreboard doesn’t matter, but win every down because that is what matters. Yeah, we wanted to win the game, but we want to win if we are playing tiddlywinks. Exhibition or not exhibition, we take the field with the expectation to win.”
Noah Picton didn’t play long, but the 5th year quarterback didn’t need to show the coaching staff what he can do. He was 6 for 8 for 105 yards with a touchdown while backup Seb Britton was 9 of 17 for 85 yards and a touchdown.
The team also got solid performances from linebacker Josh White, who is entering his rookie season after playing for the Campbell Tartans last year, as he made several big plays. Others that stood out included running back/return specialist Trey Campbell, receiver Bennett Stusek and linebacker Robbie Lowes who led all players with six tackles.
The Rams start the Canada West season on August 31 and they will be dipping both feet into the water right off the bat. Their opponent will be the defending Hardy Cup champion Calgary Dinos in a 7 o’clock start.