Rams eliminated from playoffs

The 2021 Regina Rams will go down as the team that could not finish off a football game.

After holding a 22-5 lead early in the 4th quarter, the Rams could not hold on to get a win that was needed to keep playoff hopes alive as they lost 23-22 to the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Despite kicking a school record five goals, Aldo Galvan failed for the second time this year to give the Rams a game-winning field goal as he missed a 38 yard field goal as time expired with the Golden Bears getting the ball out of the endzone to prevent what would have been a game-tying rouge.

The biggest play in the Bears comeback came on special teams with two minutes remaining and the Rams up nine. Alberta lined up for a 39-yard field goal which Jonathan Giustini missed ,but the Rams fumbled the return and Alberta’s Tyler Krushelniski recovered the ball in the end zone for the major.

In three of the four losses Regina has had this year, they have had a double-digit lead going into the 4th quarter but have not been able to get the victory.

Head Coach Mark McConkey was at a loss for words when it was over.

“We’re finding ways to lose the game.” McConkey said. “We’re better than a 1-4 team, we could be 4-1 but we’re not. It sucks. but hopefully down the road we will learn from this and we will be better.  We almost won a game with a 3rd string quarterback, we had two offensive linemen that have never started.  There is a lot of inexperience there, but we’ve been right there in every game.”

The loss drops Regina to 1-4.  They will finish off the regular season on Saturday, November 6 against Manitoba at Mosaic Stadium.


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