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Saturday, September 16, 2017

CAPITAL CADILLAC RECAP: ROUGHRIDERS 27 TIGER-CATS 19


HAMILTON - Saskatchewan quarterback Brandon Bridge threw three touchdown passes in just his second career start, and the Roughriders held on to defeat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 27-19 in front of 23,604 at Tim Hortons Field on Friday night.

Bridge, 25, got his first start in 2015 when he was with Montreal (a loss against Saskatchewan). The Mississauga, Ont. native is in his third CFL season and second with Saskatchewan.

He took over for Kevin Glenn last week against Winnipeg when the veteran pivot injured his hand late in the third quarter. Glenn's status against Hamilton was a game-time decision even though he hadn't practised all week and it was Bridge who showed up to the media availability on Thursday.

Bridge is the first Canadian to pass for three TDs in a single game since Greg Vavra in 1984. He completed 21-of-31 pass attempts for 231 yards, three TDs and one fumble.

Devon Bailey, Bakari Grant, and Naaman Roosevelt scored for the Riders, who lost their top receiver Duron Carter early in the game to an ankle injury. Jalen Saunders scored for Hamilton.

Jeremiah Masoli, making his third start of the season for Hamilton after Zach Collaros was pulled, completed 29-of-49 pass attempts for 328 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions _ both to Rider defensive back Ed Gainey.

Saskatchewan kicker Tyler Crapigna hit both his field-goal attempts, from 15 and 42 yards.

Hamilton kicker Sergio Castillo was 4 for 4 on field goals, hitting from 19, 50, 38, and 22 yards.

Saskatchewan improves to 6-5 and temporarily ties B.C. for fourth in the CFL West and a possible playoff crossover spot. The Riders also hold a game in hand.

Hamilton falls to 2-9, last in the East Division. The Ticats had five turnovers, totalling 17 points.

The Riders were up 20-10 at the half and added to their lead midway through the third when they took advantage of a Gainey interception off a tipped ball in their own end and drove the remaining 70 yards in three plays (including a 25-yard penalty against Hamilton's Demond Washington for spitting). Bridge hit Roosevelt for a 23-yard score and the 27-10 lead.

Castillo's 50-yarder pulled Hamilton to 27-13 and a 38-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter made it 27-16.

But just as it looked like the Ticats were making a game of it midway through the fourth, driving deep, Gainey picked off Masoli again, this time in the endzone.

Saskatchewan's offence stalled in the fourth, and Hamilton continued picking away at the lead. Castillo's 22-yard field goal made it 27-19 with 2:52 left in the game.

Hamilton had one last drive with 31 seconds left and had first-and-goal on the one with five seconds left thanks to a pass interference call against Saskatchewan. But the final play was a pass that went incomplete in the endzone and Saskatchewan held on.

Saskatchewan went up 3-0 late in the first quarter with Crapigna's 15-yarder when the Riders couldn't convert a first-and goal on the Ticat five-yard line. They got there off a fumble by Hamilton receiver Mike Jones deep in Ticat territory that Mike Edem recovered on the 15 and returned to the five. But back-up pivot Vernon Adams threw an incomplete pass and was sacked for a loss.

The Rider offence got rolling in the second. Bridge led a 75-yard scoring drive early that ended with a nine-yard TD pass to Bailey and the 10-0 lead. Hamilton receiver Saunders fumbled on the Ticat 31 on their following possession, and Bridge went back to work, finishing a four-play drive with a nine-yard TD pass to former Ticat Grant.

But Hamilton and Saunders responded immediately with a 75-yard scoring drive of their own, pulling to 17-7 when Masoli hit Saunders for a 36-yard catch-and-run TD.

Crapigna's 42-yard field goal late in the quarter was answered with a 19-yarder by Castillo with seconds on the clock to make it 20-10 at the half.

POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM CHRIS JONES

- I couldn't be more proud of this football team. I've never been in a situation where we lost 9 or 10 guys with injury in one game. Labatte played with a sprained ankle and another guy played with a compound fracture of his finger and went back in. At one time we had 12 Canadians out there and not many teams could withstand that.

- Our depth is good and our double barrel method in practice got them ready. Denzel Radford went out and covered one of their 5R receivers in man. That's hard to do. Otha went out on the third play! I'm proud of them and now we gotta get back, get healthy and figure out who's going to play against Calgary.

- When Duron Carter goes out, you lose a lot. He's a big part of our offense. Our execution level on offense, with a two score lead, you have to stay out there. We know what we have to do in those situations. Across the board, we need to coach 'em better. When we're up, we need to burn the clock.

- Dariusz Bladek is solid. He's better than what I saw in the combine. He's done a real nice job and he's fit in real well in our locker room.

QB BRANDON BRIDGE

- I just have to give it up to the O-Line and the playmakers around me. They made it easy around me. They called out the blitzes if I didn't see it. I have to give it to the guys around me.

- It feels amazing. It's my first win as a starter. Hopefully I can build from it. There were a lot of mistakes, especially in the second half, but there's a lot of good to take from this game. It's great on a resume, but I need to get better.

- I put the ball in jeopardy twice, especially when we had the lead. I put too much on myself and got greedy. I gotta stay level-headed, and not get too high or low.

- I played within the system. I can make plays with my feet but I have to trust the guys around me and know I know I don't have to do it all by myself. Sometimes I just have to be a spectator and enjoy the show.

DB ED GAINEY

- With 30 seconds to go, it was definitely stressful. I just wanted to leave with the W. I told the guys to close it, end it here and be great. Thankfully we came off the field with the win.

- Honestly Denzel's been playing defense, going back and forth on both sides, and he knows the plays. I just left it on the SAM, Hecht, to do the communicating with Radford because he's closer. He came in and did his job.

- It's very important to win a close game. Early in the season we let some slip away like this. That can decide a playoff spot. We have to remember how we lost those games, and squeak by and fight to get those wins.

- When I'm fielding punts, I'm just telling myself to catch the ball. Don't fumble! I've been practicing it for awhile and I had no reason to be nervous. I just thank the coaches for having faith in me and putting me back there.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

RP
@rodpedersen

66 comments:

Anonymous said...

Boooooooooo

Anonymous said...

Marcus Thigpen looking like a strong running bull, he's still got it, leg strength plus speed power runner. He would look good at the running-back position.

Anonymous said...

Crapigna (not a fan of his) showing a strong leg early.... 3 points on the board. what's that you say? It was from fifteen. Oh! continue on.
Riders 3 - Tiger Cats 0, 1st quarter.
Where's (player fav) Quinn Van Glys Wyk?

GPB said...

Good thing the Riders have a bye coming up with all these injuries.

Anonymous said...

Where is oskee weewee? Looks like he won't be on this blog this week

Anonymous said...

OBSERVATIONS:
Crapigna has a weak leg that will come back to futher haunt the Roughriders team somewhere along the line in their 17 season.

Anonymous said...

OBSERVATIONS:
LaFrance not a feature back. NEXT!

Wolseley said...

Who is reffing this game?

stephen preston said...

Crapinga will hopefully be our kicker for the next 12 years - you are clueless.

Anonymous said...

6 wins. What happened to the nay sayers who said we would have a worse record than last year? Said we wouldn't win any games against the west. Come on, say something. Just goes to show you donkeys from other teams don't know your ass from a hole in the ground. We may not win the grey cup but we will scare a few teams. Look out BC, Riders are coming.

donna Campbell said...

Lucky to get a win, second half was an offensive disaster.

Anonymous said...

This was a huge gut check road win. Never easy to win on the road regardless who you play. Finished the game minus Thigpen, Foster, Edem, Labatte and Carter. That is a lot of depth. Bridge did a great job. Only his second start and no picks. Need to be able to run the ball better. Did not convert second and short more than a few times and ended up going 2 and out seven times in the game. Left the defense on the field for over 20 of the 30 minutes in the second half. That is a lot of football for the defense and with a Canadian receiver, Denzel Radford, playing safety in crunch time. Still won!! Great job to get above .500 again Riders!! Showed a lot of heart tonight.

Aaron Anderson

Anonymous said...

I can't understand how we go into games with such lack of depth on the O line. One injury puts us in trouble, two we're scrambling and nothing to back up if another guy goes down.
We seem to have a depth at LB which I realize is important and where our extra Imports are stashed for special team coverage, but how about an OL hybrid who could fill in on OL if needed? Sooner or later this will bite us.

Handy Andy said...

wow, what an ugly win, but we'll take it over a good looking loss.

So many injuries!! How bad are Otha, Duron, LaBatte, and Thigpen hurt? Four all stars gone, and we still win. Sign of a good team.

Anonymous said...

Great to see the Riders still control their own playoff crossover possibilities. Great gutsy character win...wasn't pretty but who cares.. 2 points is 2 points. Hopefully the injuries are not too serious. Calgary is almost due for a loss but hopefully they can knock BC down a notch on Sat night..GO RIDERS GO

Anonymous said...

Terrible game. Riders thanks to Cats Turnovers were Lucky to win this one. Everything seemed to change when Carter went down.

Anonymous said...

Boooo,, on the play right before Washington was ejected, the refs missed an obvious unsportsmanlike head butt from #80 of the Riders...(yes you Spencer Moore)...HE'S the one who should have been ejected!!!!

Oscan wee wee, osca waa waa!, ticats were robbed!,,,,

Anonymous said...

Great team win. The Rider fans are happy with the win, the haters can say we were lucky to win, everyone is happy.

Rusty Peepot

Anonymous said...

An ugly win is better than a beautiful loss

Anonymous said...

I don't wear Green colored glasses and I wasn't sure what to think of this team at the start of the year. How do you not cheer for a team like this! So much heart to gut it out through that many injuries on the road! Prpud of these guys!!

Anonymous said...

Never clueless, just observed. Quinn far superior kicker than Crapigna.

Anonymous said...

27 years Bomber fans

Anonymous said...

Quinn the Eskimo??

Anonymous said...

One thing that should be highlighted as well is how great Denzil Radford has been on coverage on our special teams. He is the demon and Rider leader in special team tackles. Hope the media gives him a bit of attention this week.

Anonymous said...

To the Crapigna haters - yes he hit from 15. You make it sound like a bad thing. He also hit from the 42. Looks pretty good to me after a couple of bad ones early. I noticed quite a few missed field goals this season by other teams. I/ll still take Crapigna. And yes it was an ugly win but it's 2 pts! And Bridge got anointed and did pretty well despite a team melt down late brought on largely due to key injuries.
GO RIDERS!

Anonymous said...

Great 3 man rush all game long. Lets make Masoli a super star.Jeez why?
Stop playing the 3 man rush. other teams rush 5 - 6 and actually pressure the QB. The great defensive mind(Jones) feels he can play the prevent defence all game long and win. Jeez I hate the 3 man rush. Anyone else feel this way?

Anonymous said...

Great game. Gutzy win for the green and white. Ticats battled for sure to the last play.
Bart

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust"

JPR said...

I hope you are joking

Anonymous said...

I don't even remember who the Riders traded for Vernon Adams,
I just know it was too much.

Randolph Charles said...

These are the type of games the team would have lost the last two years. The pieces are in place to make a long playoff run

Anonymous said...

Only the Riders would be patting themselves on the back for beating the worst team in the league hahaha

Anonymous said...

You beat the worst team in the league...hold the parade there buddy

Anonymous said...

I knew it would be a close game but I was pretty confidant we would win. As the game went on and the injuries forced the team to shuffle players around I was worried but you can see it in their play that their confidance is there now and even when they are struggling they have determined players on their team that keep picking everybody up to keep on going. I couldn't be prouder of all of them, coaches and players. This was a bigger game than people think. Hamilton is picking up their game and we came off a loss last week so it easily could have been the start of a slump for us. HUGE win against an eastern opponent! Hopefully the injuries aren't too bad.

Anonymous said...

27 years Bomber fans...

cb said...

The TiCats should have won this game. They left a ton of points on the field. The Riders defence got lit up by Masoli way too often. Bridge and Masoli are the future of the CFL, no question

Anonymous said...

I agree with a previous poster about how can you not cheer for this team after a tough road win. Hamilton will win some games down the stretch. Not a bad team at all under June Jones. The Riders are beginning to build an identity. Have solid leadership now, the fans know who the players are and we are beginning to see that Chris Jones is MUCH SMARTER than people give him credit for. He is building this team that is going to be darn good. We are good right now, not great, but certainly trending up. Two road games, three games in 14 days and we won 2 of them. Very pleased with what I see.

Aaron Anderson

Anonymous said...

Bridge was pretty good in the first half but junk in the 2nd half. He forced the defence to be on the field far too much. We were very fortunate we were playing such an inept team. Regardless of this game, I think Adams is more talented and can win a game with his legs. Adams gives the offence more looks and can move the pocket around or run. Van Gilswyk is a stronger kicker and too good to be sitting continually. As soon a free agency hits for him, he's gone.

Scott Thompson said...

Not the prettiest win, but with all the injuries and playing on the road against a revitalized team, I think we'll take it .

Anonymous said...

U good with just scaring a few teams?

Anonymous said...

Thigpen has been out of football for a year, and this was fosters first game back, id say labelling them as all stars is a bit misleading.

Anonymous said...

Vince Young was an all star at one point in his career as well.

Anonymous said...

I wouldnt say lucky to win, but the offence did basically nothing for most of the second half, and with 5 seconds on the clock if Hamilton should have had at least 2 cracks at a qb sneak. Riders held on by the slin of their teeth against a bad football team that didnt take advantage of the Riders weaknesses.

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones. Thats how.

Anonymous said...

If the cfl is making changes mid season they better announce that all 5 west teams make the playoffs and we will allow the first place team in the east to participate as a road team. Ridiculous that be it BC Edm or Sask will miss when a garbage team out east will have a one game chance to be in the grey cup.

Anonymous said...

Never happy r u.

Anonymous said...

It has always been tough for any Rider team to emerge from the Land of Oskee with a win, so despite the injuries, mission accomplished!

Anonymous said...

Boo hoo

Anonymous said...

Only Rider haters and bandwagon fans try to make a gritty road win a loss. If they're not bitching and complaining they're not breathing.

Anonymous said...

We want kicker Quinn.

GO ROUGHRIDERS!

Anonymous said...

Its the CFL. 3 games max,lol.

Ken Hilsenteger said...

I dislike the 3 man rush also. Put's an extra man in coverage but a lot of the time it doesn't work.When any qb has extra time to find an open receiver he usually does.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've ever witnessed any CFL team let alone the Riders playing 12 Canadians as starters (due to the injuries) - and we held on for the win to boot. Nice to see. Jones has a reputation for some unknown reason as not liking Cdn players, yet we seem to have and we PLAYED more Canadians last night than any other CFL team has.

Anonymous said...

I liked Jones's comments after the game. They knew more Canadians were required to be successful and they went and got them this year. And they were ready to play. Great coaching.
Bart

Anonymous said...

Crapignas leg may not be super strong but he gets the job done. Stop advertising for Van Guislik. most of us are happy with the present kicker

Anonymous said...

I remember back in what I'd call the glory days when one time at Calgary the Riders started 10 Canadians on offense.
The only imports were Darian Durant and Weston Dressler. The O-line was all Canucks and the receivers were all Canadians other than WD7. Chris Czarka (the Canuck Truck) was a running back, I forget who the other one was.
The Riders beat the Stamps and every point they rang up was scored by a Canadian.

Anonymous said...

ya right the Tiger Cats should have won. Give me a fricken break. If and buts. The Riders were confident enough to sit Glen and play a QB that has zero experience. A Canadian kid to boot. MacAdoo reeled Bridge in the second half. The TigerCats are exactly what Chris Jones thought they were. A team that couldn't even beat a 3rd string caliber QB. ahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Toronto beat the mighty Eskimos. Toronto lost to Hamilton. Look out Edmonton. 7-0 then lose 5 in a row. 4 games against the East. Here come the Riders. Next few games Riders be moving on up. While BC and the EE be movin in down.

Dennis said...

Most likely Neal Hughes

Anonymous said...

Funny when the bad calls go Riders way I don't here anyone complaining about the reffing!

Anonymous said...

A rider win by a superior team.. coupled with another loser Eskimo loss (cue Jason maas meltdown) .. all I can say is yeah yeah oh yeah byob is happy happy happy .. your next stumpies. . Nice domination of the now hapless Leos BTW .. I still view the bombers as easterners. . Sorry .. Lets hope we can have the privilege of meeting the stamps in the playoffs (get out to the games Calgary your team is great!!!!). I think the league will benefit. Side note Eskimos . I've made no secret of my hatred for you and your entitled fans . Ash can maas he's a disgrace . You want fire in your athletes not your big baby coaches. Loving it.

Byob

@mrt_man said...

Re: Quinn leaving for gree agency. He is safe and secure and getting paid as our "injured" backup. Kickers don't make much money in the cfl, and where he is now he is guaranteed to get paid. It isn't glamorous, but it also ensures that he can't kick his way off the roster. He is probably the safest guy on the team. If he wanted to be gone, he would be. Maybe he likes the team or playing for the riders or whatever coach who knows. He will get his chance soon enough, and hopefully he will make the most of it.

Anonymous said...

No. We want kicker Quinn, hope he doesn't leave. Trade Crapigna.

Anonymous said...

Smart_man has it correct. Hopefully Quinn gets his chance at place kicking soon rather than later, he's great at it, strong leg, durable athlete.

Randolph Charles said...

Yeah hopefully they are all wins...thanks for setting me straight...wise guy

Randolph Charles said...

And don't forget Wes D is an "almost Canadian" being that he is from North Dakota