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Sunday, October 30, 2016

FRIENDS OF THE RIDERS TD LOTTERY RECAP: LIONS 24 RIDERS 6




REGINA - An already emotional Saskatchewan Roughriders fan base was given even more reason to shed a few tears on Saturday night.

The day was designed to be a special farewell to the home of their beloved CFL team since 1936, yet the Lions trounced the party with a convincing 24-6 victory.

"Our defence and special teams put us in position to get some scores early in the game and that was huge,'' explained Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings. "There was a lot of emotion going on in this stadium tonight and it was good for us to relax the crowd a little bit with an early score.''

It was a relentless pass rush from the Lions that caused havoc all night for the Riders and ignited a lot of groans and even some boos from the soldout crowd. The defensive unit registered seven sacks and a key turnover early in the first quarter that set up the game's first touchdown.

The Riders fumbled the ball on their second offensive series and Anthony Gaitor jumped on the loose ball on the Saskatchewan 16-yard line. Two plays later, Jeremiah Johnson scored on a four-yard run. Johnson rushed for 101 yards on the night.

Later in the first half, Jennings connected with Manny Arceneaux on a 36-yard touchdown - the third time in the past two games that combo has hooked up - and the Lions expanded their lead to 15-3.

They led 16-6 at halftime.

"We knew it was going to a dogfight in here,'' said B.C. linebacker Adam Bighill, who had two sacks and four tackles on the night. "We knew the fans were going to be hyped, we knew it was going to be loud. Ultimately, we knew what we needed to do and I think we came with one of our best defensive games of the season tonight.''

Solomon Elimimian also had two sacks and finished with 10 tackles for the Lions as their defence prevented Darian Durant and the Saskatchewan offence from gaining any momentum and giving the fans anything to get excited about.

A pair of Tyler Crapigna field goals (42 and 23 yards) in the second quarter was the only scoring from the home side.

After an exaggerated halftime break that featured a Saskatchewan-themed concert at midfield, B.C., poured it on with its first possession in the third quarter.

Jennings connected with Terrell Sinkfield on a 16-yard touchdown strike to swell the lead to 22-6. Jennings finished the night with 241 passing yards, and Arceneaux led a balanced receiving corps with 68 yards.

"This is probably the loudest stadium in the CFL, without a doubt, and any time you can take the crowd out of the game it's a huge advantage,'' Bighill noted. "It's the worst place in the league to play when this place is loud and the fans are into it. We didn't give them much of an opening tonight.''

Durant completed 15-of-28 pass attempts for 163 yards. His favourite target was Caleb Holley, who had seven receptions for 80 yards.

The win, however, does open the door for the Lions when it comes to hosting a playoff game. The Lions (11-6) moved into sole possession of second place in the West Division and two points ahead of the third-place Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who lost earlier in the day to the Ottawa Redblacks. The Lions are four points up on the Edmonton Eskimos.

The final week of the regular season carries significant playoff implications for the Lions, Blue Bombers and Eskimos. Home-field advantage in the divisional semifinal and the crossover team is to be determined next weekend.

The Lions will host the Riders, while Winnipeg will travel to Ottawa. Edmonton will be at home to take on the Toronto Argonauts.

Mosaic Stadium played host to 611 WIFU-CFL regular-season games. The Riders boast a 329-268-13 record at the stadium, but dropped their final two home games of the 2016 season.


With Saturday's game a sellout, more than 11.6 million fans have watched games at Mosaic Stadium since 1958 when the CFL started tracking attendance.

(Canadian Press)

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Andre! Andre! Andre Proiux!, yeah Andre!

Anonymous said...

#4 for saskatchewan, why he em roll his eyes in disgust when he get sacked? He should learn the fast pass.

Anonymous said...

Pity the fools who play the hungry hungry Lions of BC.

Anonymous said...

Jennings doesn't even have to look-off our DBs.
None of them are looking at him, they're all in chase mode.

Anonymous said...

Why wasn't Brooks penalized for the helmut to helmut hit on Waters?

Dissapointing said...

CFL has become the new XFL. Maybe we can even get Vince McMahon as our next Comish. Couldn't get much poorer. A joke of a league with its missed calls, Judgement calls and overall poor and inconsistent officiating. Not sure if I'll watch anymore. Considering the Riders Oline mailed it in this week, Perhaps I will too. 3rd rate at its best.

Evan Wiome said...

Well at least now we know for certain that the four game winning streak was an aberration. The expectations and talent level for 2017 will both be rock bottom. Perfect for opening the new stadium.

What we witnessed tonight was a bunch of amateurish, cowardly little boys get punched in the mouth and embarrassed. Outcoached and out played in all three phases of the game. The OL and tackling were particularly pathetic.

The only Rider employees who can claim they actually do their jobs are those in the marketing department.

When will the humiliation of Rider Nation end?

Anonymous said...

Can't block, can't tackle, can't catch, can't cover, can't WIN. ☹️️

Anonymous said...

Good thing it wasn't a blow out..oh wait. Did the coach really care if the score favored the Lions or was he more interested in trying new players? Hope next year in a new stadium the Rider will be a competitive team.

2016 sucked as bad as 2015 and 2014. At least I remember 2013 and the best Grey Cup other than 1989.

Anonymous said...

Wow, when the riders had a four game winning streak rider fans made it sound as if the grey cup was in the grasp by next year…play good teams as you did tonight and you find out the real story.

Anonymous said...

One more game and the nightmare is over.

Anonymous said...

The tackles were pathetic! Both the OL ones and the whole effun Defense!

Where the hell do we go from here?

Anonymous said...

Blasphemy.....wtf is with the Grey Cup being touched in a closing ceremony.....oh man.

willy said...

Evan Wiome.... Just do us a favor and promise you will never ever go to another Riders game. We don't want whining losers in our new Stadium.
Excellent show put on by the organization saying Goodbye to the Grand Old Stadium.
Build up over the winter Riders and next year lets Surprise the hell out of a lot of the Band wagon Jumpers.
We love you guys and we have the best organization in All Of Canada.

Anonymous said...

The Riders are in trouble. Pathetic performance yet again. After Jones is fired after next season what happens next? The future is bleak.

Anonymous said...

Can't throw a ball.

Anonymous said...

Was disappointed with the closing ceremony. The closing of the hockey rink in Edmonton was way better.

Anonymous said...

The haters are out in full force, no surprise this is what they live for. Full credit for a nice farewell for the old girl. The only glitch is totally ignoring the pep bands contribution to the team, city and Province. I guess Maz's drum Line get the spot light!

Anonymous said...

How embarrassing!! They dishonored the game and the fans with that farewell performance. I am the most upset at Chris Jones treating this as an exhibition game and messed around with the QBs.. His childish fishing call that lost the final time out...it all just makes my blood boil. The sold out stadium fans deserved better!

Anonymous said...

The fans deserved better. Chris Jones let us down by treating this as a exhibition game. His childish challenge that lost the final time out was brutal. All those sacks...i could go on for ever!!

Anonymous said...

See you in 2017, new year new team

Rally Driver said...

That was a tough one to watch, Unfortunately our O line didn't show up but fortunately neither did "Jeff". Highlights for me were Ricky Collins' runbacks and Bates' receptions, another blue chip receiver. Biggest highlight was Carm channeling his inner Adriano Belli. Should make "Plays of the Week".
The half time show and post game show were very good. Most fans around us are looking forward to the new stadium, including 1 who has been attending games for close to 80 years.

Gerry Fincati said...

The stadium farewell sendoff was great! The game on the other hand was poor. Jones is the worst coach we have ever had and should be sent packing.

Anonymous said...


This rebuild won't work until we get a new OC.

Tom Brady would look ordinary with Stephen McAdoo doing the game planning and calling the plays.

Bill said...

Anyone watching the closing ceremonies of the Rider game tonight or if you were there do you remember them showing the 1970 playoffs between Calgary and Saskatchewan . They said it was snowy and blustery and the wind chill was minus 34 degrees. Well it's true because I was there .. That is 46 long years ago. The wind was blowing so hard and the snow and ice crystals filled the air so bad that at times you could hardly see the fans on the West side of the field. And so true Larry Robinson lined up to kick the winning field goal towards the sidelines and the wind pulled it about 20 yards to the left and through the uprights for the win.
Over 22000 fans braved that day and a silence fell over Taylor Field like it had turned into a morgue when that happened.
In all the football games that I have ever been to in my entire days that one hurt more than any other.

Anonymous said...

Bill, I was at that playoff game too and my feet are still cold ☹️️.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh... worst coach hands down no doubt about it, cory chamblin. He was sent packing along with the buffoon who hired him.

Anonymous said...

Darian Durant hasn't done nothing going on three seasons now. End of story!

Riderstops in Western Manitoba too said...

In this day and age where technology knows no bounds and there always seems to be something faster and better at every turn, it is refreshing to embrace history, and there is so much of it with Taylor Field and Saskatchewan's team. It has been a gathering place where people from all walks of life and generations have came together and been united in their passion for sports as well as supporting their home team, and one another. Mosaic 2.0 has all the bells and whissels, and will be fabulous for the players and fans alike. However, there will always be plenty of memorable moments, such as the 2013 Grey Cup victory or the opportunity of fans to watch such greats as Ron Lancaster, George Reid and Darian Durant for many years. It is too bad the game itself tonight was rather mediocre, which is being fairly generous to certain members of the team like the O line. The musical QB with Durant and Waters was odd and one could say disrespectful to Durant, the fans assembled and Taylor Field on this night as well. If the goal was to play Waters to see what he had, Jones
could have played him in a strength of the flame and when only another miracle would have gave the team a chance to cat h up in the second half. The after game celebration was well done but the half time show was very amateur. The stage or flat bed, without any decorations in green looked like it had been borrowed from the folks who used it for a parade float in some small town. Anyways, overall, still a nice fall evening with the promise of a better year in the new facility a stones throw away. It had better be, such as 8-10 at a minimum, with real signs of taking the next step, or Captain Jones may be looking for a job elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Even Henry Burris can rally a team. What has happened to having a competent QB…OMG where has the leadership under centre gone? Besides a putrid O-line there was no creativity, no accuracy, poor reads and a general lack of leadership. If this is a QB driven league then we've been driven out of content all season long… Winnipeg realized that and brought in Nichols and since have been golden. Sometimes you have to know when to hold em and know when to fold em...

3RD and 1 said...

Willy... why is it that you feel a reality check by Evan is a bunch of whining? Sometimes constructive criticism is exactly what an orginization needs to hear. Evan's points were precise and right on the money. This organization has slipped big time. This isn't just a hiccup. The Riders were not the number one watched CFL team in 2016. Your proposal of stocking up over the winter means nothing. This 2016 team has had the highest turnover of players in a single season. If they can't find the talent they need when they can audition the players at practise. Stocking up players over the winter will mean nothing. Once again it will be free agency that will be the focus of this team's depleted talent. Our Canadian talent is well below average and no one watching the last 2 games against a solid defence can say they saw any hope of this Riders offence getting better. Even if Labatt makes a comeback after a career ending injury. Best will play 1 or 2 games and be right back on the Injury list. He's figured out these past 3 years that you can pull in a pay cheque without having to do anything. So until Jones finds a real offensive line. Resigning Darian will only mean his inevitable beat down behind a line that can not protect him.
I hope for Rider nation and the Riders bank roll that things change in a hurry for 2017. As the Riders 40 Million dollar portion of the new Stadium with their facilities is going to be a HUGE drain on this organizations bank account. A really bad inaugural year could be devistating. So... No sorry Willy it's not all rainbows and unicorns for 2017. The last 45 Rider Games have been terrible. Time to wake up and face the music.

Anonymous said...

What a tank job , what a way to treat your fans and your veteran quarterback. Embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

Riders dressed a preseason roster against a team that is one of the top teams in the league. The results of the game were not surprising.

Anonymous said...

This game was very hard to watch but I guess we shouldn't be surprised. There still is no continuity as to who plays and who doesn't and until we have a team roster that has all the main starters in place it will be a mixed bag of wins and losses. Hopefully the off season brings us those key players to bring us back to a competitive team. This team has already checked out for the year.

Anonymous said...

The Riders should be able to get some company to sponsor the O-line.
You know, some Swiss Cheese company.

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with you people it's a rebuild were the youngest team in the league. The main problem is to find a qb I'm sorry dd is DONE. He can't read hot patterns and is not accurate. The oline needs 2 tackles which we will sign. The defence will be fine next year. This isn't a bandaid job it's a total rebuild and the problem with rider fans are they have a short memory. People we built a team to win in 2013 at all costs and those costs were 3-4 years of the future. Everyone was happy after 2013 and the real football fans knew what the stakes and price was going to be. I'm sorry but this team is on the right track with the right man leading it. Next year we sneak into the playoffs the following year we contend again.

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones still thinks he is a good coach. Results prove otherwise. The team should have been ready for this game and they clearly were not. That is on the coaching staff. I know we are stuck with him for another year at least. I hope that someone figures things out and starts to care about the Riders as much as the fans do. They spent a ton of money this year and do not have much positive to show for it. Hoping that 2017 is much better than 2016.

Anonymous said...

Lions are a far better team than riders and they proved it with ease. The riders are only a couple of wins better than they were last year when they were worst in every category. Now they have top kickers and DD has proven he is still a top tier qb. The defense has started to improve from the dumpster fire they were last year. The obvious worst is the o-line that has not been able to overcome the loss of Labatt and Best. The o-line is a long long way from anything even close to competative. That is all folks. See you next year.

Bart in regina

Anonymous said...

Darian Durant has done nothing for going on three years???? He's been injured for the better part of two seasons, and has spent most of this year either running for his life or taking the sack! If you can't make any intelligent comments than don't make any at all! Maybe you should go back downloading Porn in your Parent's Basement.

Gerry Fincati said...

Jones has brought in 93 players for the rebuild and with only two games left the Riders couldn't even score one touchdown. What the heck kind of rebuilding is that?

Anonymous said...

I look forward to next season with a fresh start in a new stadium

w said...

See Alouettes today for a coach who's brain is bigger than his ego and gave a damn about winning.

Anonymous said...

Do negative people really walk backward? Not possible. But they do try hard it seems. What a super send off! (The truck wasn't decorated?)