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Saturday, June 17, 2017

LIONS 42 ROUGHRIDERS 10


VANCOUVER - The B.C. Lions gave a sneak peek of just how dynamic their offence can be in 2017.

Jonathon Jennings threw three touchdowns in the second quarter as the Lions cruised past the Saskatchewan Roughriders 42-10 in the CFL's pre-season finale on Friday night.

The third-year quarterback hooked up with Jeremiah Johnson, Bryan Burnham and Marco Iannuzzi before giving way to backup Travis Lulay just before halftime.

"We've still got a lot to improve on, and we left a lot out there, but you just see the play-making ability,'' said Jennings. "We're picking up from where we left off last year.

"We're excited to improve and take the heights even higher.''

The Lions' attack, which was minus free-agent speedster Chris Williams as he continues to recover from an anterior cruciate ligament tear suffered last season, looked to be in mid-season form.

"We scratched the surface,'' said Burnham, who finished with four catches for 69 yards. "This offence is going to be really dangerous.''

Lulay delivered a 12-yard TD toss to Emmanuel Arceneaux in the third quarter, while Loucheiz Purifoy added a defensive score.

Jennings finished 10-of-14 for 197 yards, looking cool and collected in his 28 minutes of action after a bit of a slow start. Swayze Waters was perfect on five converts for B.C., while Ty Long kicked seven points.

Josh Stanford responded with a touchdown, Tyler Crapigna had a field goal, and Quinn Van Gylswyk added an extra point for the visitors.

Kevin Glenn, in his third stint with Saskatchewan, started at quarterback and played the first quarter in his exhibition debut, going 5-of-7 for 81 yards.

"There were a couple guys that played their way on (the team),'' said Roughriders head coach and general manager Chris Jones, who was 5-13 in his first season with the club. "And a couple guys that played their way off.''

The Lions lost their pre-season opener in Calgary against the Stampeders 23-18 on June 6, while the Roughriders tied the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 25-25 in the first game at the new Mosaic Stadium in Regina last Saturday.

With the exhibition schedule now done, CFL teams have to declare their 46-man rosters on Saturday, meaning it will be a nervous night for players on the bubble.

One who won't be around for the Lions is linebacker Jason Arakgi. The CFL's all-time leader in special teams tackles with 194 informed his teammates after the game that he's accepted a job in medical sales and will be retiring after nine seasons.

"It broke my heart,'' the 32-year-old from Montreal said in the centre of an emotional locker-room. "It was something that I was really excited to move on to, but being here tonight ... it broke my heart saying goodbye to these guys and saying goodbye to football.

"I'll never forget all the things I learned while I've been here.''

Lions head coach and general manager Wally Buono said Arakgi was an example of a player that got the most out of his career, and is now using it as a springboard.

"Here's what I told the players tonight, 'Use football, don't let football use you,''' said Buono, whose team is looking to improve on last season's 12-6 record. "Jason was a true soldier. He gave his heart all the time.

"A couple years ago we had to take his helmet away. We didn't trust him because he'd go back out there.''

The Roughriders open the regular season on the road Thursday against the Montreal Alouettes. The Lions kick off two days later when the Edmonton Eskimos visit Vancouver.

Trailing 3-1 after the first, B.C. efficiently moved the ball on a drive that was capped by Jennings scrambling out of trouble to find Johnson from 11 yards out.

Jennings then found Burnham a little later from nine yards out for a 15-3 advantage before Iannuzzi got in on the action after a Saskatchewan turnover, hauling in a 33-yard TD to make it 22-3 at the break.

Lions defensive back Anthony Thompson, in a battle to start at corner, dropped a sure touchdown on a bobbled interception off a throw from Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge early in the third, but T.J. Lee, who tore his Achilles last July, would make amends for the secondary by grabbing a pick later in the quarter to set up Arceneaux's TD.

Purifoy, who would also added a late pick, then forced a fumble and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown to make it 36-3.

Bryan Bennett, Saskatchewan's third quarterback of the night, got the Roughriders a little closer when he found Stanford on a 39-yard TD midway through the fourth before Long responded with two field goals to round out the scoring.

"What I liked most was the mindset,'' said Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian. "The mindset was right tonight.''

(Canadian Press)

POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM CHRIS JONES

- "We'll go back and look at the film and the film will tell us which direction to go. We played 70 ball players tonight while Wally basically has picked his team. I played 70 guys because I didn't want to get our A-guys beat up going into a short week. We're not as bad as the score indicates. I don't put stock into preseason scores."

- "We get home at 3:00 AM tonight and we'll watch film on the way home and then get up early, look at the film again. all three phases, bring the coaches together and make the decisions on who to release. Then we have a team meeting at 1:30 pm with who will be our team. We'll make our cuts throughout the morning."


58 comments:

Anonymous said...

Riders going to show up...22-3 my lord this is to awes...I mean fun...I mean who cares its pre-season, riders will take it all LMAO.

Anonymous said...

Jennings playing against air. This is a 7 win team at best

Anonymous said...

This is just as entertaining as the 2015 Roughriders...or 2016 Roughriders. Thank goodness it's only the preseason. Week 1 should be interesting.

Anonymous said...

Bridge looks awful. What's Jones looking at when he says he has a chance to be the starter, put Bennett in

Nathan Morrison said...

Guess on the scanned # in the building tonight Roddy?

Anonymous said...

Just like the last game at Old Mosaic Stadium. Same teams, same problems same result. Déjà vu all over again

Anonymous said...

Package Demski, St. John, Crapigna, etc etc etc plus big time cash money... to Edmonton to get Franklin, NOW! Do whatever it takes. MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Anonymous said...

Last game last year...41-18 in BC. I have to keep telling myself "It's just preseason, it's just preseason."

Anonymous said...

Try to put appositive spin on that display Rod.

Anonymous said...

67 points against in 2 games . Looks like Riders are gonna play a Tight D this year. Here we go again.

Anonymous said...

I no longer believe in this regime. Excuses for every disaster. ..and that is what this is.

Anonymous said...

Williams did not get enough playing time. He looked good each time out. He threw an interception I know but for anything close to a sustained drive he was better than previous. Glenn for #1???? After that anyone could be #2.

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust"

Anonymous said...

The honky tank man has his work cut out. Wally owns the riders.

Anonymous said...

The Sky is falling!!!!
The Sky is falling!!!!

Anonymous said...

Bennett sucks. Bring back Darian.

Anonymous said...

In DD we trust

Anonymous said...

Go crazy Saskatchewan, go crazy.

Anonymous said...

Lots of issues with the 2017 Riders. My prediction of 6 wins might have been too optimistic.

Anonymous said...

Incredulous!!!! the previous SkRrs regime released qb Jonathon Jennings from its roster. Being back Keith Price to sling the rock.

Anonymous said...

Round table is junk

Keith Pottruff said...

That was painful to watch,. Though the first quarter was tight. Hopefully once the cuts are made the guys remaining play much better. It's hard to keep in perspective but the score should mean nothing.

However if this happens next week, I will be very unhappy.

Anonymous said...

OMG Ridernation....its preseason!!!...two games doesn't define a team....after week 5 we should see what this team is all about....then u can criticize then...some of you should just shut up and let the coach's and management decide who stays and goes...I know some of you have bought season tickets for years but that doesn't make you the G.M ...if some of you want a new QB ....go find us one!! ...im tired of b****ing and moaning about players that were cut from the old regime and topics that were discussed last season...move on fans...new season...either its' gunna be a sink or swim year...part time fans stay away...don't need to hear stories of the past and crying around for Durant...he's gone...crying and being angry wont bring a person back....i'll stand behind my team no matter if they are last or first...and i'll continue to buy my rider gear...my question is now...if the PATS struggle out of the gate in the fall, are you so-called fans gunna run john paddock outta town ??


Rob From the Y

Anonymous said...

This management crew hasn't been able to find a competent starting QB, and I include Glenn in that statement. Everyone associated with football knows that he is a backup. And he will always be a backup. Look how many times he has been anointed a starter, and in a crucial game came up way short. He's a good QB who fills a specific need only.

Walters and the Bombers fooled around with Willy, Pierce etc. etc., and were going nowhere with these guys. He traded for Nichols and they went 11-7. Now if the message isn't plain and clear that we need a starter it never will be. If Bridge or Bennett were starting material they already would be starters. Franklin is the best QB around that is obtainable. Edmonton knows that and so do the Riders. It's time to make a deal. There enough other big holes in this lineup and now we add QB to that. They loss of DD is huge and will remain so until they actually get a QB. Very sad situation!

Randolph Charles said...

The Lions were tuning for the season, not so with the Riders. BC's 'D' was their number one unit all night long. Rider's 'D' is young and energetic. This is going to be a fun year!

Anonymous said...

Lions were selling tickets for 5$ and the place was still virtually empty this league is in trouble if they don't get Vancouver Montreal and Toronto turned around attendance wise.there will be no tv contract for a 7 team league.

Anonymous said...

Team ready to start the season versus team still figuring out their roster. Pretty hard to tell what our team will look like until after the cuts. They stuck right with BC for the first quarter but mistakes will cost them and they did.

Anonymous said...

pathetic!

Anonymous said...

Eskies will NOT trade Franklin to the Riders and its gonna be another longggggg year in riderville in last place AGAIN,I LOVE IT.

Anonymous said...

Coach, I think we need another 70 players cuz the first 70 don't look like much.
Dave in the now

Anonymous said...

You win/lose on the line of scrimmage.

There was pretty good pressure on the QB's consistently. I imagine too that Jones was running a pretty vanilla scheme. It will be even better during the regular season. But we need to play the run much better.

Our OT's need to play better. Dennis and Coleman had nights to forget. Way to many procedure and holding penalties. There were just too many penalties all around. It wasn't just on them.

One thing I love about the preseason... NO VIDEO REVIEW and COACHES CHALLENGES

Anonymous said...

Main takeaway from that eysore of a game was lions are an established veteran laden team. Riders are in total rebuild mode with lots of ????.
Still, i am optimistic the riders will show improvement this year. The real games start next week. Go riders!

Bart

roth phallyka said...

Thank goodness it's only the preseason. Week 1 should be interesting.



Goldenslot

Anonymous said...

No QB, no run game, and Duron Carter. Looks like another loooong year.

DJR

Anonymous said...

"Lulay delivered a 12-yard TD toss to Emmanuel Arceneaux in the third quarter" anyone else notice BC played a lot of first stringers all night against our 1st, 2nd and even 3rd stringers. Sure they looked good but are not exhibition games to see who can play?
Jones was right to say the Grey Cup isn't won in pre-season.

@mrt_man said...

Kinda weird having just the one cut down day now... going from 72 to 46... That's a lot of bad news for one morning.

Anonymous said...

Game over, time to move on. The Roughriders management staff now begin the process of moulding a championship team. Lots of positives to be taken out of a meaningless game. Go Roughriders!!!!

Anonymous said...

So how is Murphy going to try to sell it that this team is so good. Please never get him on the sports cage again. He's all talk and no action.

Anonymous said...

To be honest, I would like to see the league go back to 4 xhibtion games and 16 reg. games, 2 games just isn't enough, but I guess you can take 18 if you want.

Anonymous said...

Oh you can take it to the bank that Franklin will be here! And probably sooner than later. Franklin knows he will be a free agent after this season and this will be his destination. He wants to be the starter and that will be here. Edmonton know they need to get something for him or lose him, so they will be dealing. Winnipeg has a QB under a large contract and can't afford him. The Riders can and will make the deal happen. Just the Esks fans hope it doesn't happen but it will.

Rider fan said...

Pats have a coach in Paddock, not a talker.

Anonymous said...

Hey anon contracts are not garunteed for veterans until AFTER labour day and the Eskies will NOT trade Franklin to the last place riders,they will send him east wayyyyy before they send him to riders.Mark my words Franklin will NOT be in sliderville

Anonymous said...

I'm just going to enjoy the new stadium and whatever happens with Riders this year happens. Next year for renewing my seasons may be a different story though.

Anonymous said...

The real bad news is that the three best QBs' in the CFL are in the west division. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

Just saying.......the last starting Quarterback we had here named Glenn took us to Grey Cup. Remembering Glen Dobbs and Dobberville!

Anonymous said...

Think we are going a bit overboard on Franklin? Don't give away the farm.

Anonymous said...

Lula is not a first stringer!

Anonymous said...

Any word on what time the Rider's first team practice of the season in Regina is starting on Monday? And which gate at Mosaic is to be used?

CM said...

Ugly offence even if its preseason. Lets hope VY heals fast. Glenn will be competitive, but hard to see him topping any QB in a gunslinger game. My guess is he wins 6-8 games if he starts them all. As for the other 3, Williams seems to have the most promise. Bridge has tools but not sure if he has a toolbox. Bennett is a practice player. Hes probably the 36th best QB in a 9 team league. Cut him when VY gets healthy and on the roster.

Anonymous said...

Cut down today _Saturday) Roughriders have a abundance of player talent who will be cut at the ready to send the Esks way for Franklin. Get it done.

Glenn said...

As rough as the game in BC was, the important game is this Thursday in Montreal. Defence didn't do a lot of different things. Why show it? The o-line will be better.

Anonymous said...

So we're reduced to that, hoping Vince Young heals fast or begging for Franklin to come here. Just send our over abundance of player talent who will be cut. Why would the Esks send an asset for cuts who they can get for free? Why would they not keep Franklin in case Reilly gets hurt? There will be 3 teams out of the playoffs & there will be more teams than the Riders in the running. With a 38 year old Ricky Ray & the Argos possibly out, Franklin is more likely traded to the East than here. Also the CFL would rather see him there than in Regina if it comes to that. Are we still at the point where we have to depend on players off other teams instead of our own? After last night's performance what is it that makes us think that we're so loaded with talent the other clubs are waiting for the Rider cuts to be announced so they can pounce?

Anonymous said...

So the Edmonton is going to trade Franklin to the riders for guys they just cut ? Wow just wow.

Anonymous said...

It was a preseason game folks..we have more talent this year but it will take time to gel..our offence could put up 40 points a game..question is can the defence not allow 41..any thoughts

Anonymous said...

Allen-rb, Bennett-qb, cut_ more to follow ...

Anonymous said...

Edmonton is more likely to trade Reilly than Franklin. You can't play Reilly's style forever without getting injured.

SWC

Anonymous said...

So you think the Eskimos are going to trade a QB to a divisional opponent early in the season? Why risk throwing a lifeline to a drowning rival?

3RD and 1 said...

It's really this simple. If you can't understand that the Lions were not auditioning a third of the new players the riders were. That the lions played their number ones more than I have seen any other team play theirs this preseason. Then your not paying attention.
Sadly every new name that played DB in this game needs to be flying Home to their respective U.S. City's Sunday afternoon. The defensive line looked pretty good. The a players on the Oline in this game were terrible! Plus the amount of off side and holding penalties is totally unacceptable. That is players not playing disciplined and selfishly ruining what was or could have been very positive plays. Constant problems with Discipline penaltys can pull a team apart. Resentment can build in a hurry. This needs attention immediately.
Do I believe or not believe in Chris Jones right now. The answer is NO I haven't seen anything to swing me to either side. However that decision will be made by the end of the 1st third of the season. If we go into Montreal and Darian hands the Riders their ass on a platter. Then I would suggest that a loss of confidence in the regime is closer at hand. If the Riders dance toe to toe with the ALS in Montreal. Then I would think confidence would start to build.