There are three things Rider Nation can be sure of. Death, taxes and a win on Labour Day over the Bombers.
The green-and-white made it three straight wins as they defeated Winnipeg 31-23 in front of a sold-out crowd at Mosaic Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It is the 13th win in the last 14 Labour Day Classics for the Riders.
The defence and special teams were once again the stars of the game for the Riders. Matt Elam intercepted a Matt Nichols pass on Winnipeg’s first possession and returned it the one-yard-line leading to a Nick Marshall plunge for a major while rookie Kyran Moore had a spectacular 65 yard punt return where he broke several tackles en route to finding some space and scampering into the endzone.
Head Coach Chris Jones is obviously satisfied to put another two points in the bank, but he knows his team could have been better on this day.
“We did not play our best football and we were fortunate to get the win.” Jones said as the 33,350 who witnessed the game were filing out. “We probably played the worst game we’ve played defensively for quite some time. We’ve got to play much better going down the stretch. We’ve done enough whatever to win six ball games so we just have to keep going.”
With the win, the Riders are now 6-4 on the season. They will be in Winnipeg next Saturday afternoon to complete the annual September home-and-home in the Banjo Bowl.
- Despite the win, the Riders defence had a tough time stopping Winnipeg running back as he ran for 158 yards
- Ed Gainey picked a fine time for his first interception of the year. He picked off Matt Nichols in the dying moments of the 4th quarter to preserve the win
- Langenburg’s Jess Moskaluke performed O’Canada before the game and treated the sold-out crowd to some songs at the half. Moskaluke is up for 5 Canadian Country Music Associaton Awards which are handed out next week in Hamilton.
- Charleston Hughes added one more to his sack total. He now has 13 on the season.