Saturday, August 20, 2016
PRESS BOX SPORTSBAR PREVIEW: RIDERS AT TICATS
SASKATCHEWAN (1-6) at HAMILTON (3-4)
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 20/2016, 5:00 pm Sask Time
WHERE: Tim Hortons Field
BROADCAST: TSN, ESPN3, 620 CKRM Rider Network, Sirius/XM CH 167
PREGAME: 2:00 pm on 620 CKRM
FORECAST: Sunny, 28 degrees Celsius
RIDERS: Road 0-3, Vs East 1-2
TICATS: Home 0-2, Vs West 1-4
RIDER OFFENSE: RUSH 8TH, PASS 7TH, OVERALL 6TH
QB Darian Durant is the CFL's 8th leading passer (1245 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INTs) ... Durant turned 34 on Friday ... WR Naaman Roosevelt is 4th in CFL receiving (641 yards, 1 TD) ... Inactive RB Curtis Steele remains the club's top rusher (133 yards, 0 TD) ... The leading active "non-QB" rusher is Kendial Lawrence (105 yards, 0 TD) ... Riders are 8th in points scored and 4th in fewest sacks allowed.
TICAT OFFENSE: RUSH 9TH, PASS 4TH, OVERALL 7TH
QB Zach Collaros makes his first home start in almost a year (331 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) ... SB Luke Tasker is their leading receiver (516 yards, 1 TD) ... RB C.J. Gable is their top rusher (268 yards, 1 TD) ... Ticats are 5th in points scored and 9th in sacks allowed.
RIDER DEFENSE: RUSH 8TH, PASS 5TH, OVERALL 7TH
DE's Corvey Irvin and A.C. Leonard are the Rider sack leaders (3) ... DB Justin Cox leads in INT (2) ... LB Greg Jones leads in tackles (40) ... Riders are 9th in points allowed and 9th in sacks.
TICAT DEFENSE: RUSH 3RD, PASS 1ST, OVERALL 1ST
DE John Chick is the Ticat sack leader (5) ... LB Simoni Lawrence and DB Emmanual Davis lead in INT (1) ... Lawrence leads in tackles (38) ... Ticats are 7th in points allowed and 6th in sacks.
RIDER SPEC TEAMS: Hamilton product K Tyler Crapigna returns after a 2-game absence. He is 2nd in FG percentage (88.9) ... P Josh Bartel is 5th in punting average (45.3) ... Nic Demski leads in PR yards and Kendial Lawrence leads in KR yards ... The ST tackles leader is Graig Newman (7).
TICAT SPEC TEAMS: K/P Brett Maher is 4th in FG percentage (85.0) and 2nd in punting average (48.5) .... Brandon Banks leads in PR and KR yards ... Their ST tackles leader is LB Frederic Plesius (11).
NOTES: Referee is Al Bradbury ... Ticats are favoured by 1-point ... Riders are -5 in turnover ratio (8th) while Ticats are -6 (9th) ... Sask is the 3rd-least penalized team while Hamilton is 5th .. Darian Durant has gone a CFL record 12 starts without throwing an interception (321 attempts).
AT THE PRESS BOX: Enjoy the game with other Rider fans! Watch the game at the Press Box Sports Bar and enter to win a trip for two to Grey Cup 2016 in Toronto. Ask your server for details.