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Monday, October 15, 2018

OUT OF THE TUNNEL: A BRAND NEW WEEK

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BY: RODPEDERSEN.COM STAFF

It was going to happen sooner or later -- we said it here at Out Of The Tunnel just last week.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders defence and special teams couldn’t bail out an anemic offence in a 31-0 drubbing at the hands of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday at Investors Group Field.

On the positive side, it’s good to get this out of the way now and rebuild in the final two games of the season and the bye-week leading up to playoffs. It can, and has been, done before but it may be difficult as the injuries are building up on the offensive side of the football.

Dan Clark was held out of Saturday’s game, Brendon LaBatte shifted to centre with the newly acquired Philip Blake taking over at left guard. Then Dariusz Bladek got hurt, and it didn’t look good. So, the offensive line is getting thin and frankly there isn’t much wiggle room there.

The receiving corps is already banged up with Naaman Roosevelt and Jordan Williams-Lambert sitting out Saturday as well. Now, this all may be the plan of the Riders to have these key tools rested and ready to go for a playoff run, but on paper it looks dim right now.

The injuries started to pile up a bit on defence with Zack Evans and Nick Marshall both getting dinged up and not finishing the game. We will find out as the week progresses as to who will hit the field in what is now a very important game in Calgary this Saturday.

The offence has been bad for the majority of the season (we've all seen the stats). The one that sticks out the most is for a double-digit winning team to be outscored 386 to 404. That is a rarity in CFL history.

Only five times has a team won 10+ games and been outscored. Four of them were 10-8 and the other was a complete anomaly.

2013 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats 10-8 (453 to 486) Lost Grey Cup

2008 – Edmonton Eskimos 10-8 (512 to 526) Lost East Final

1997 – Montreal Alouettes 13-5 (509 to 532) Lost East Final

1993 – Calgary Stampeders 10-8 (574 to 583) Lost West Final

1886 – Toronto Argonauts 10-8 (417 to 441) Lost 2-game total point East Final

The 2013 Hamilton Tiger-Cats season is eerily similar to the 2018 Saskatchewan Roughriders.

They started the season 1-4 then finished the rest of the season going 9-4 with a loss in their third-last game of the season on the road 36-6 in Montreal. Hamilton then went on to the Grey Cup game (which they lost mightily in Regina).

Sound familiar?

The Saskatchewan Roughriders started this season 3-4 and then went on a tear before losing their third-last game of the season 31-0.

It’s not a stretch that the Riders can put together four or five great games and get to the Grey Cup. They have a lot of work to do, but it definitely can be done.

After saying last week that the Riders had second all but sewn up, that might have been an overstatement upon review. With the loss to Winnipeg (who are playing their best football of the season), and Edmonton and B.C. both winning, the West is air-tight from second to fifth.

A lot will be worked out this weekend when the B.C. Lions host the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday night at B.C. Place in Vancouver. A Lions win would knock the Eskimos out of the playoffs because B.C. would have a four-point edge in the standings and Edmonton split their season series with the Bombers, but Winnipeg holds the edge in points for/against.

The Lions are in the driver’s seat and hold their destiny in their own hands. They face Edmonton and Saskatchewan on the road and host the Stampeders.

An Edmonton win would create absolute chaos (which we all love).

Winnipeg has the bye this week and just two games remaining.

A Saskatchewan win in either of their last two games (or any number of losses by Winnipeg and B.C.) would seal second in the West for the Green and White.


This Week in Canada West:

It was looking like it could have been an absolutely devastating week for the Regina Rams (1-5). After having their wins removed because of an ineligible player during the bye-week, all-Canadian quarterback, Noah Picton sat out his first game as Rams quarterback in four seasons.

Backup Seb Britton looked solid, and the Rams defence forced four turnovers in a 32-17 win over the Alberta Golden Bears (2-4).

After being left for dead halfway through the season the UBC Thunderbirds (3-3) are now in a fight for a possible home playoff date after a 20-10 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies (3-3).

The log-jam at 3-3 was sealed after the Calgary Dinos (6-0) made quick work of the Manitoba Bisons 34-19. Adam Sinagra’s path to the Hec Creighton trophy continued with another 300-yard passing game.

It’s going to be a doozy of a Week 7 in the Canada West!

Week 7 in Canada West:

Friday, October 19th
Regina Rams (1-5) at Calgary Dinos (6-0) 7:00pm (McMahon Stadium)

Saturday, October 20th
Manitoba Bisons (3-3) at Saskatchewan Huskies (3-3) 2:00pm (Griffiths Stadium)
Alberta Golden Bears (2-4) at UBC Thunderbirds (3-3) 1:00pm (Thunderbird Stadium)


Wanda Harron Photography
This Week in the PFC:

The narrative of the 2018 Prairie Football Conference season continued in its final weekend of the regular season.

The Saskatoon Hilltops mopped the floor with the Winnipeg Rifles 48-7 at SMF Field in Saskatoon. Running back Josh Ewanchyna’s MVP season continued with 177 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. He finished the season with 1,007 yards rushing in just seven games.

The Regina Thunder sealed third rolling over the Calgary Colts 70-6 at McMahon Stadium. They will face the Edmonton Huskies in the PFC semi-finals as the Huskies won their final game of the season 42-17 over the Edmonton Wildcats.

The other semi-final will see the Saskatoon Hilltops host the Winnipeg Rifles.

PFC Schedule:

Semi-finals - Date and time TBD:
Regina Thunder at Edmonton Huskies
Winnipeg Rifles at Saskatoon Hilltops


Canadian to Watch in the NCAA

Shane Richards Sr.
Guard – Oklahoma State
6’8”, 336lbs.
Calgary, Alberta
High School – Crescent Heights

The top rated offensive lineman by CFL scouting bureau’s first rankings for the 2019 draft, Richards has had a comeback year in 2018.

He sat out all of 2017 as a medical redshirt and came back in 2018 as a redshirt senior. Richards began the season starting at right tackle but was replaced for the middle three games of the season. He has since come back and started at right guard in the Cowboys last two games against Kansas State and Iowa State.

He is a giant of a man and may be the first offensive lineman taken off the board in the 2019 CFL draft in May.

(RodPedersen.com Staff)

PATS WIN IN CALGARY, 4-3 IN OT

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Calgary, AB – Colorado Avalanche prospect Nick Henry scored 14 seconds into overtime to lift the Regina Pats past the Calgary Hitmen 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The resilient Pats never led until the end, erasing deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. 

It was former Hitmen defenceman Aaron Hyman who forced overtime for the visitors netting a power play goal with 8:54 remaining in regulation. Cole Dubinsky and Jake Leschyshyn rounded out the scoring for the visitors.

Riley Stotts, Jake Kryski and Kaden Elder provided the Hitmen goals while Mark Kastelic added a pair of assists.

Calgary outshot Regina 32-22 with both teams going 2-6 on the power play.

The Pats are back on home ice Wednesday to take on the Spokane Chiefs at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax. The game will be broadcast on Access TV and 620 CKRM.

(With files from HitmenHockey.com & ReginaPats.com)

SOCCER FINALS: REGINA HIGH SCHOOLS MONDAY SKED

MONDAY SCHEDULE

Small School Soccer – 2A City Finals
Girls: Sheldon at Luther @ Affinity Plex 5:00 p.m.
Boys: Riffel at Luther @ Affinity Plex 7:00 p.m.

Adults $5.00
High School Students Gr. 9-12 $3.00
Grade 8 and Under – Free of Charge

Jr. Boys Volleyball
O’Neill and Martin at Campbell 6, 7, 8 p.m.
Riffel and Knoll at Miller 6, 7, 8 p.m.

Thanks,
Aaron Anderson
Commissioner of Athletics

Sunday, October 14, 2018

FAMOSO RECAP: BLUE BOMBERS 31 ROUGHRIDERS 0


WINNIPEG - Adam Bighill was signed by the Blue Bombers for his leadership and tenacious talents. He delivered big time on Saturday.

The veteran linebacker had three quarterback sacks, one forced fumble that led to a touchdown and eight defensive tackles in Winnipeg's 31-0 shutout of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"When you get a quarterback sack it feels good,'' said Bighill, a seven-year veteran who was the CFL's top defensive player in 2015 while with the B.C. Lions.

"You're really taking the wind right out of them and it's demoralizing for them, and it's demoralizing for your opponent when you're just beating your man one-on-one and you're winning.''

Winnipeg extended its winning streak to four games and improved to 9-7, remaining in third place in the tight CFL West Division standings.

It was the Blue Bombers' first shutout victory since a 29-0 win over Hamilton in 2006. The Riders' last shutout loss was a 24-0 decision to Edmonton in 2014.

"It's just a taste of reality. It happens,'' said Saskatchewan defensive lineman Charleston Hughes, who had two tackles, including one for a loss.

`"We did get shut out. They pretty much dominated the whole entire game. Now you just really go back to the drawing board and figure out what happens.''

The Bombers avoided a season-series sweep by the Riders (10-6), who had already secured a playoff spot. Saskatchewan, which had its three-game win streak halted, finished the game with four turnovers while Winnipeg had one.

Bombers safety Taylor Loffler intercepted quarterback Zach Collaros twice and the home team scored all 31 points by halftime in front of 26,070 fans at Investors Group Field.

"We've got to protect (Collaros),'' Riders offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte said. "You can't let him get roughed up, especially early in the game.

"And we can't turn the ball over because I think no matter what else we focus on, that was the one thing that truly put the dagger in us.''

Winnipeg led 14-0 after a first quarter in which Saskatchewan turned the ball over on its second and third possessions of the game.

A Collaros pass was caught by Kyran Moore, but Bighill forced a fumble and Anthony Gaitor caught the loose ball and ran 45 yards for the 7-0 lead at 5:22.

Darvin Adams made it 14-0 after he got behind Riders safety Mike Edem and hauled in a long bomb from quarterback Matt Nichols that he turned into a 72-yard catch-and-run score with two minutes left in the first quarter.

Loffler's second interception of the game - his third pick of the season - led to Justin Medlock's 29-yarder at 6:11 of the second quarter. Medlock was also good on four converts.

Weston Dressler stretched for a 31-yard TD pass from backup Chris Streveler, who also plunged in for his own major with less than a minute remaining the first half.

Nichols completed 10 of 18 pass attempts for 155 yards with one TD pass and no interceptions. Streveler played the fourth quarter, completing three of five passes for 47 yards with one TD and one interception. He also ran seven times for 45 yards.

"I've been a part of games where our defence played good enough for a shutout, but maybe there was a single scored at some point,'' Nichols said.

"To have no points scored is an unbelievable effort by our defence. They've been playing unbelievable football and I would like to think we prepare them well all week at practice.''

Collaros was 8 for 19 for 69 yards with two interceptions. He was replaced by Brandon Bridge early in the third quarter. Bridge went 7-for-12 for 59 yards with no interceptions.

Saskatchewan head coach Chris Jones called it an "inexplicable loss'' with too many early mistakes. He was asked if he was worried about Collaros's recent performances.

"My name's not Chicken Little so I'm not going to sit here and start pointing fingers at anybody,'' Jones said. "I mean, if I'm pointing fingers at anybody, it needs to be me.''

Saskatchewan offensive lineman Dariusz Bladek and defensive lineman Mic'heal Brooks were both taken out of the game on carts. Jones said they may be out for an extended time.

The Bombers will next have a bye week while the Riders play in Calgary next Saturday.

(RodPedersen.com Wire Services)

THE SPORTS DOCTOR'S WEEK 6 NFL PICKS

Last week I was an unimpressive 8-7 (37-41) and 6-9 (35-43) against the spread.

Sunday Early

Arizona Cardinals (1-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-2-1) 
Line: Vikings by 10

If the Vikings can defeat the defending champs in Philly, surely, they can beat these sad sacks in their own barn? Memories of the Bills still linger so I can’t bet on Vikes covering the spread.

Dr. Football: Take the Vikings to win but not cover.

Los Angeles Chargers (3-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-2-1) 
Line: Chargers by 1

L.A.’s losses this season have come against the Chiefs and Rams, so they should have little trouble even in the Dawg Pound.

Dr. Football: Take the Chargers to win and cover.


Chicago Bears (3-1) at Miami Dolphins (3-2) 
Line: Bears by 3

Chicago’s schedule gets a lot tougher after their bye week, so I believe that they will only have the Miami nightlife on their mind. Also, Miami has been playing good football thus far.

Dr. Football: Take the Dolphins in an upset.

Carolina Panthers (3-1) at Washington Redskins (2-2) 
Line: Redskins by 1

Carolina has the Saints firmly in their sites and will look to “one-up” them by laying a beating on the fading Redskins.

Dr. Football: Take the Panthers in an upset.

Indianapolis Colts (1-4) at New York Jets (2-3) 
Line: Jets by 2.5

I haven’t written off the Colts just yet, and I sure don’t trust the Jets even at home. Andrew Luck will start to find a real groove on the road.

Dr. Football: Take the Colts in an upset.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-1) 
Line: Bengals by 2.5

Pittsburgh has won the last six in a row in this series and nine out of the past 10 and haven’tlost in Cincinnati since September 2013. Go with Big Ben.

Dr. Football: Take the Steelers in an upset.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-4) 
Line: Falcons by 3.5

QB issues have erupted with the Bucs so this makes them easy prey for the “better than their record shows” Falcons. This will be a Tampa Bay wake up call.

Dr. Football: Take the Falcons to win and cover.

Seattle Seahawks (2-3) vs. Oakland Raiders (1-4) in London.
Line: Seahawks by 3

Seattle is regrouping and seem to be on the rise while Oakland is a work in progress. No real home field advantage in this one.

Dr. Football: Take the Seahawks to win and cover.

Buffalo Bills (2-3) at Houston Texans (2-3) 
Line: Texans by 10

Houston’s pass rush will have Josh Allen running towards Mexico by half time.

Dr. Football: Take the Texans to win and cover.

Sunday Late

Los Angeles Rams (5-0) at Denver Broncos (2-3) 
Line: Rams by 7

Is it just me but are the Broncos less likeable without Peyton Manning under center? L.A. will continue to dominate even in the smog-less thin air in a “closer than it should be” game.

Dr. Football: Take the Rams to win but not cover.

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) at Dallas Cowboys (2-3) 
Line: Jaguars by 3

Jacksonville is a much different team without Leonard Fournette, and the Cowboys are much better at home. I think Dallas pulls it off.

Dr. Football: Take the Cowboys in an upset.

Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at Tennessee Titans (3-2) 
Line: Ravens by 3

Tennessee is quietly getting it done with a solid defense, while the Ravens don’t seem to play as well on the road as all of Joe Flacco’s interceptions this season are away from home. Another upset.

Dr. Football: Take the Titans in an upset.

Sunday Night

Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) at New England Patriots (3-2) 
Line: Patriots by 3.5

The NBC liaison with the NFL schedule maker must be the highest paid employee in that building; what a Sunday night match up. While the Chiefs surprised New England at home last year, the Patriots are just warming up with their third consecutive home game.

Dr. Football: Take the Patriots to win and cover.

Monday Night

San Francisco 49ers (1-4) at Green Bay Packers (2-2-1)
Line: Packers by 9.5

Packers always seem to explode after they have been embarrassed. The 49ers won’t know what hit them.

Dr. Football: Take the Packers to win and cover.

(Follow Dave on Twitter at @The SportsDoctor)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

LIONS UPSET STAMPEDERS 26-21

CALGARY - B.C. Lions coach Wally Buono dusted off a 33-year-old boxing match to inspire his players.

The Lions watched "Marvelous'' Marvin Hagler beat Thomas "The Hitman'' Hearns in a middleweight title fight from April 15, 1985, prior to outlasting the host Calgary Stampeders 26-21 on Saturday at McMahon Stadium.

"Part of that was to show the players how two great champions come together and how they have to be able to deal with the good and the bad,'' Buono explained.

"There's going to be a time when you're going to want to quit. There's going to be a time when you're going to feel like you're beaten. At the time when it's most desperate, you can't give up.''

"Exactly as the fight was, the game was. The players can understand how brutal sports is, but you've got to be willing to take the hit.''

Calgary lost at home for the first time this season, but still tops the CFL's West Division at 12-3 and has secured a playoff game at McMahon.

The Lions (8-7) have won five of their last six games and improved to 2-6 on the road.

A Saskatchewan Roughriders loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers earlier Saturday had opened the door for the Stampeders to lock down first in the division with a win or a tie versus the Lions.

But the three playoff spots in the West and the cross-over berth in the East Division are still in play heading into Week 19.

Behind Calgary were Saskatchewan (10-6), Winnipeg (9-7), Edmonton (8-8) and B.C. tightly bunched.

Saturday's game was the final regular-season appearance at McMahon for Buono, who has declared his 25th season as a CFL head coach will be his last.

The 68-year-old won three Grey Cups with the Stampeders when he was their head coach from 1990 to 2002. A video tribute to the winningest coach in CFL history preceded Saturday's game.

"I thought that was very touching,'' Buono said. "We're the enemy, I know that, but it was nice to be acknowledged and appreciated.

"I have a lot of fond memories here as a coach. As a visitor not too often.''

Tyrell Sutton scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and compiled 106 yards on 22 carries in his Lions debut. B.C. acquired the running back in a Sept. 25 trade with the Montreal Alouettes.

Ty Long kicked field goals from 40, 27, 52 and 39 yards for the Lions.

Chris Matthews and Markeith Ambles had touchdown catches for Calgary. Ambles also had a two-point convert pass.

Calgary kicker Rene Paredes was good from 38 and 35 yards in front of announced 23,563 at McMahon Stadium.

The Stampeders briefly led 21-20 in the third quarter before B.C. pulled ahead again on a pair of Long field goals.

Calgary's drive late in the fourth quarter stalled on B.C.'s 27-yard line, where the Stampeders turned the ball over on downs.

"We're not clicking on many cylinders at all right now,'' Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson. "We've got a lot of improving that needs to be done.

"We've got a good record, but other than that, we've got to be a lot better than that. A lot of people taking selfish penalties and way too many penalties as a whole.

"A lot of it falls on the offence and I'm responsible for that, so I've got to make sure to do a better job.''

Lions quarterback Travis Lulay, making his first start since Sept. 14 because of a shoulder injury, completed 14 of 26 passes for 193 yards. He was intercepted once.

"If you can win in this building, you can win anywhere,'' Lulay said. "The challenge going forward is to not to feel too good about it. We've got some huge games going forward.''

Calgary's Bo Levi Mitchell completed 17 of 38 passes for 215 yards and was picked off once.

Lulay hadn't reached his second birthday when Hagler and Hearns fought at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. He understood why Buono wanted the Lions to watch it though.

"Both guys are fighting like crazy. One guy ultimately ends up winning. Let's choose to be that guy. The guy that's most resilient,'' Lulay said

"Shoot, I'll watch it every week if it means winning, right?''

(Canadian Press)

ESKIMOS HANDLE REDBLACKS 34-16

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos regained their focus before it was too late.

CJ Gable ran in a pair of touchdowns as the Eskimos kept themselves in the playoff picture with a 34-16 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday.

The Eskimos snapped a three-game losing skid to improve to 8-8 and to remain in contention for a playoff spot through both the West and East Division paths.

"When you don't win for a while and people are doubting you and you are not playing up to your abilities, it starts to distract you,'' said Eskimos head coach Jason Maas. "They were ready to go today and obviously the sacrificing we have done, it feels like it paid off in this moment and we were able to feel good again.''

Despite missing the walk-through with the flu on Friday, Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly was impressive, completing 31-of-38 passes for 369 yards while rushing the ball for 72 yards.

"More than anything, we just needed a win to get back on track,'' he said. "I thought it was a solid game in all three phases, offence, defence and special teams just getting back to playing our kind of football.''

The Redblacks (8-7) have lost two straight, but remain in a tie in points for first place in the East with Hamilton.

"We played one winning half of football, but you obviously have to play two halves to get it done and we didn't. They beat us in the second half, that's for sure,'' said Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell.

"We have three games left and if we win two then we get first place. That is not an awful situation to be in.''

Ottawa scored on its opening drive, getting a 32-yard field goal from rookie Lewis Ward, his CFL record-extending 41st consecutive successful three-pointer.

Edmonton finally got a touchdown after going nine quarters without one, a drought of 152 minutes and 21 seconds, when Martese Jackson ran 13 yards into the end zone with three minutes left in the opening quarter.

The Redblacks responded with another Ward field goal to start the second, and then got another one midway through the quarter to take a 9-7 lead.

Ottawa added to that with a huge 61-yard passing touchdown from quarterback Trevor Harris to Diontae Spencer.

The Eskimos closed back to within two with 29 seconds left in the first half when Gable ran one in from three yards out.

Edmonton inched ahead with a 15-yard Sean Whyte field goal to start the third.

Reilly engineered another solid drive on the Eskimos' next possession, with Gable scoring a four-yard rushing TD.

Whyte added another field goal to start the fourth to put Edmonton up 27-16.

The Eskimos got some insurance midway through the fourth when Reilly took a big hit in order to complete a pass to Bryant Mitchell, who went 75 yards for the TD.

"He was possessed today,'' Maas said of Reilly. "He knew how important this game was for our team.''

Both teams are back in action next Friday. The Redblacks host Hamilton and the Eskimos are in Vancouver to play the B.C. Lions.

Notes: The Redblacks won the previous meeting between the two teams 28-15 in Ottawa on Sept. 22, the last game in which the Eskimos had scored a touchdown ... The Eskimos came into the match-up having not been able to score a single point in the fourth quarter of their last four games and had given up nine sacks in their last two contests, but had 10 points in the fourth and gave up no sacks on Saturday.

(The Canadian Press)

TICATS DUMP ARGONAUTS 34-20

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TORONTO - Jeremiah Masoli and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have put themselves in a position to battle for top spot in the East Division.

Masoli threw four TD passes as Hamilton beat the Toronto Argonauts 34-20 on Friday night. The Ticats emphatically swept the season series 3-0, but more importantly moved into a first-place tie with the Ottawa Redblacks atop the East Division.

Hamilton (8-7) will face Ottawa (8-6) at TD Place next weekend to open a crucial home-and-home series between the two teams. The Ticats host the Redblacks on Oct. 27.

"That's it right there for top place in the East,'' said Masoli. "Obviously, we'll be full go when that comes around.

"We'll enjoy this road victory, it's not easy to get road victories in this league and regroup after this.''

Ottawa is in Edmonton on Saturday, but leads the season series with Hamilton 1-0. However Ticats head coach June Jones said his team couldn't afford to look past struggling Toronto (3-12).

"If we'd lost this game, the home-and-home with Ottawa wouldn't mean anything,'' Jones said. "We have right in front of us an opportunity ... it's hard to win back-to-back games but we've got to do it now.''

Hamilton will head to Ottawa having won two straight and five of its last seven games overall. Masoli was a pivotal figure in the sweep of Toronto with a combined 11 TD passes.

He finished 21-of-30 passing for 338 yards with two interceptions, surpassing the 300-yard mark in all three games and for a CFL-best 11th time this season. Luke Tasker and Brandon Banks again both came up big for Hamilton.

Banks had eight catches for 178 yards and a TD, while Tasker registered four receptions for 63 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. Over the three games, Banks had 23 catches for 466 yards and five TDs while Tasker recorded 19 receptions for 297 yards and five touchdowns.

"You have to give Masoli credit,'' Toronto head coach Marc Trestman said. "He just doesn't do it one week, he does it every week the way he gets out of the pocket and makes a throw.

"Tasker is always around or Speedy has already run. We just couldn't turn the field the way we wanted to.''

After staking Hamilton to an 18-10 half-time lead, Masoli cemented the win in the third quarter with TD strikes of five and 48 yards to Tasker. That put the Ticats ahead 31-10 and into cruise control before a BMO Field gathering of 14,184 on a cool fall night.

"Jeremiah has played this way all year,'' said Jones. "We did what we had to do, it's very difficult to beat the same team three times.

"The guys showed up, played hard just like we said we needed to do, played physical and we did.''

Masoli improved his road record to 12-7 as a CFL starter - he's 6-9 in Hamilton - and 3-0 at Toronto. He has more career wins (five) against the Argos than any other team.

"I just think we had a good scheme matching up with what they do on defence,'' he said. ``Obviously, our receivers were just killing guys getting wide open, the O-line (held) up and did a great job.

"We've definitely got some momentum, we've got some good mojo going over there. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going into this week.''

Toronto, the 10th CFL team since '58 to win the Grey Cup then miss the playoffs the next year, suffered its seventh straight loss. It's the longest losing streak of Trestman's CFL career.

The usually stoic Trestman showed rare frustration in the second quarter following a late pass interference call on Argos' defensive back Ronnie Yell. Trestman, who was wearing a microphone on the sideline, unsuccessfully challenged the penalty and let referee Al Bradbury know he wasn't amused.

"That was not pass interference,'' Trestman said. "Al, you're lucky I'm mic'd tonight.

"I've never said a word to you in seven years and I'm not going to say a word tonight. But you're lucky I'm mic'd. It's not right.''

Toronto's James Franklin, making his first start in nine games, was 22-of-37 for 292 yards with two TDs and an interception while rushing for 44 yards on seven carries. Veteran S.J. Green had seven catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.

Trestman said there's been a pattern in Toronto's game this season, but not a good one.

"The consistency in our football team is we have errors in all three phases,'' he said. "We weren't able to turn it around and do some of the things we did a year ago.

"We've not been able to make the play when it's needed.''

Hamilton's Lirim Hajrullahu booted two field goals, a single and three converts.

Branden Burks had Toronto's other touchdown. Newcomer Drew Brown kicked two field goals and two converts.

(Canadian Press)

RAMS UPEND GOLDEN BEARS 32-17

Suddenly facing elimination from the Canada West playoff race after having to forfeit three wins due to an ineligible player, the University of Regina Rams stayed alive with a 32-17 victory over Alberta on Friday night at Mosaic Stadium.

The Rams not only had to push aside the emotions from last Friday's announcement, but they also had a new face at quarterback as two-time All-Canadian pivot Noah Picton missed the game due to a lower-body injury. Seb Britton got the start for the Rams, throwing a pair of touchdowns and rushing for one more.

"I'm exceptionally proud of the guys with all the stuff we've had to deal with this week," Rams head coach Steve Bryce said. "They had the opportunity to do something unique and test themselves through adversity, and they really showed what they're made of tonight."

Cord Delinte had a superb outing for the Rams' defence, becoming the first U of R player in over two years to collect two interceptions in a single game. But his most crucial play came late in the fourth quarter, with Alberta riding a wave of momentum and threatening to make it a one-possession game with three minutes still to play. With the Golden Bears facing third down and goal from the six, Brad Baker tried to find Tyler Turner for the pair's second touchdown of the contest but Delinte knocked down the pass to essentially seal the win for the Rams.

"Cord got our hard hat award in the locker room and really, it's not just tonight," Bryce said. "He's been so consistent all year long. Those two picks were huge for us, and he also had some great hard hits out there."

Britton completed his first nine pass attempts and finished 18-for-32 for 273 yards in his first career start. Ryan Schienbein was the game's top receiver, catching seven passes for 89 yards. Britton's touchdown passes were to Bennett Stusek and Daniel Scraper, with the toss to Scraper giving the third-year receiver his first career major. Atlee Simon returned to the lineup for the first time since being injured in Week 2 and rushed 17 times for 87 yards.

Besides Delinte's monster outing, the Rams' defence also had a solid performance from Layne Hull who led the team in tackles (four solo, three assisted) and also had an interception. Eric Wicijowski had a sack and recovered a fumble, while Brandon Brooks and Danny Nesbitt both had a tackle for loss.

The Rams also forced two fumbles on special teams. Grey McKen had one that was knocked out of bounds by Wicijowski for the recovery, while Brayden Wagg knocked out a ball that was collected by Lucas Nurkowski on the opening kickoff of the second half.

The Rams (1-5) will hit the road next week to face Calgary, which clinched the Canada West regular season title with its win over Manitoba on Friday night. Alberta (2-4) will also be on the road, as the Golden Bears will head to Vancouver to try for a season sweep over UBC (3-3).

NOTES: Friday marked the first time Picton missed a game in his Rams career, ending his consecutive games played streak at 40 ... prior to tonight, the last time a quarterback other than Picton started for the Rams was back on Oct. 25, 2014 when Cayman Shutter got the start at Manitoba ... Schienbein surpassed Cory Olynick on the U of R's all-time receptions list and is now tied with Jordan Sisco for fifth in school history with 141 catches in his four-year career.

(ReginaRams.com)

COORS LIGHT RECAP: PATS BEAT ICE 3-2

CRANBROOK, BC - The Regina Pats got 29 saves from Max Paddock en route to a 3-2 road win over the Kootenay ICE on Friday night.

Robbie Holmes opened the scoring for the Pats late in the first period, his fourth of the year and it was 1-0 after one.

Sergei Alkhimov extended the lead to 2-0 when he scored on a penalty shot, his second of the year. Five minutes later, Austin Pratt ripped an absolute beauty into the top corner short side from the right circle for his fourth of the season and the Pats lead was 3-0. Kootenay got one back on the powerplay late in the frame and the Regina lead was 3-1 heading to the third.

In the final period, Jaeger White scored on a breakaway for the ICE to cut the lead to 3-2. The Pats held on from there, including down two men for 54 seconds, and picked up the victory.

The Regina powerplay was 0/2 while the penalty kill went 4/5. Max Paddock made 29 saves for his first win of the year.

Quick Hits
- Austin Pratt extended his point streak to four games. Has four goals and two assists in that stretch.
- Nick Henry also has a four-game point streak with a goal and five assists.
- Logan Nijhoff has an assist in each of the last three games.

What’s Next?
The Pats will wrap up their three-game road trip on Sunday in Calgary against the Hitmen at 2 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Wednesday, October 17 against the Spokane Chiefs. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)