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Friday, June 15, 2018

ROUGHRIDERS 27 ARGONAUTS 19

Photo: Matt Smith/CFL.ca
REGINA - Never one to shy away from talking both on and off the field, Charleston Hughes made an impactful statement in his first game with his new team.

The 11-year veteran, in his first season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, had three sacks in his new uniform and led a spirited defensive effort in a 27-19 victory over the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL regular-season opener for both teams.

"I think I made a statement,'' Hughes said. "I think I set the tone for the rest of the season for what kind of game it's going to be and what I'm going to bring to every game.''

Hughes and the Riders defensive unit disrupted Argos quarterback Ricky Ray, pressure him and limited Toronto's offensive push for much of the first half. The Argos managed just a field goal in the first two quarters and trailed 14-4 at halftime.

"It's very important to get pressure on (Ray),'' Hughes said. "You have to get to him because he's dangerous when he's sitting in the pocket and getting ready to throw the ball."

Ray finished with respectable numbers - 233 yards passing on 22-of-37 attempts - but it was the one interception he threw in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory for the Riders.

Trailing 17-12 with 13 minutes remaining, Ray had the Toronto offence marching towards midfield. That's when Riders cornerback Nick Marshall picked off a Ray pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown to restore a double-digit lead, 24-12.

"We came out and we did what we had to do,'' Hughes said of the team's defensive effort. "Game in and game out we have to get better. There is a lot we could have done better in this game. I feel like once we go back and watch the film and review all the mistakes we can get better.''

Toronto's head coach Marc Trestman said the pressure from Hughes and Saskatchewan's front four disrupted the Argos timing and put the team in an early hole.

"I don't think we were clean in our run game. We certainly weren't clean in throwing the football either,'' Trestman said. "We didn't play as well as we're capable of playing. We did get better in the second half and moved the ball, but we can't allow our defence to play as well as it did and not do more with the football.''

Toronto did gain some traction in the second half. Ray marched the team deep inside Saskatchewan territory early in the fourth quarter and backup quarterback James Franklin plunged one yard for a touchdown, the team's first of the game. That brought Toronto to within five (17-12) despite being outplayed to that point.

After the Riders responded with the Marshall pick-six, Ray pushed back and led the team on a scoring drive. Franklin, in again for short yardage, threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Declan Cross to make it 24-19 with two minutes left.

But it was too little, too late at that point.

Quarterback Zach Collaros, making his Roughriders debut, along with running back Jerome Messam marched Saskatchewan down the field and capped the late drive with a Brett Lauther field goal to put the game out of reach.

"Our defensive line is crazy,'' said Riders receiver Naaman Roosevelt., who caught Collaros' first touchdown pass as a Roughrider, a 13-yard strike in the first half.

"Even our secondary was going all out tonight. We hate seeing all those guys every day at practice. Those guys do a great job and we rely on them to make plays. Our receivers make plays too, but it was our defence that stepped up tonight.''

Collaros finished the night 18-of-25 passing for 203 yards. Messam rushed 21 times for 72 yards.

James Wilder Jr., the league's Most Outstanding Rookie in 2017, didn't factor in the Argos offence either in the first half. He finished the game with just 17 rushing yards. He did, however, catch four passes for 68 yards.

In Week 2, the Riders will visit the Ottawa Redblacks on Thursday. Toronto will return home on Saturday and host the Calgary Stampeders.

(Canadian Press)

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great defensive effort to start the season off with and the offense was decent. Key drive late in the fourth quarter to eat the clock and leave Ricky Ray with almost no time to work with, which was different than the Eastern Final last year! The Riders will continue to improve. Offensive line was really good after the first two drives of the game. Everybody seemed to settle in. Bartel had an off night, but Lauther did a fantastic job after missing his first field goal. Nice team win.

Aaron Anderson

Anonymous said...

I've just disected the game film, my honest evaluation for this season_ Roughriders go 20 - 0 returning with a Grey Cup victory at seasons end.

Tony

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! It looks like we have a 1st class QB and TEAM!

Anonymous said...

Hughes is a beast. Welcome to Riderville Charleston. He was the game changer.
Messam was great, getting those tough yards, great team win.
I wasn't going to but now I think I'll buy that TSN monthly subscription to my phone.

Anonymous said...

Well, I have to eat my words, that was a good showing , and Collaros looked ok, should be an interesting season.

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan Roughriders_ sit back and enjoy this world class professional football team as they gel together a momentous season to remember.

Anonymous said...

That pick 6 was absolutely gift wrapped by the refs ,how can you not can pass interference on that play wow just wow,guess the league knew the Argos were making their comeback.How does this game not get sold out? Home opener playing the defending champs and so many open seats I guess the fad of the new stadium only took one year to wear off .

Jack Upshall said...

The Riders were physical, manhandling the Argo o and d lines. As the game progressed the Rider o line moved the Argo d line as much as 4 and 5 yards downfield on run plays our d line penetrated the Argo o line at will all game long. They were upheld fast. The Argo o line is extremely good. Their excellence kept the Rider d line from completely overwhelming Ray. They were very tired at 5he end it should be noted.

These are good signs. Physical teams are difficult to play against. Opponents will not look forward to playing the Riders if the Riders maintain this level of physical play. This will be especially true for home games. Fans could could well be treated to many home wins.

Anonymous said...

This win should have an asterix beside it because there was a blatant pass interference on the pick six..........PLUS......pissin away the pre season games = empty seats in the first regular season game........CHOW!!

Anonymous said...

Boy you're a real ray of sunshine eh?

Anonymous said...

I see the haters are out after an impressive Rider win, refs gave us the game, kinda reaching for excuses. The attendance and new stadium comments must be from a jealous turdtown troll. Go Riders

Anonymous said...

Man Oh Man. When will it ever change ? These jerks on here bitching about a Pass Interference Missed call and Empty seats. There was over 29,000 there for Damn sakes , you are calling it Pass Interference probably because play by play announcer, Glen Suitor who used to play with the Riders kept repeating it over and over because for some reason he always seems to want the Riders to get beat.
Suitor should have been wearing a Argos jersey for that one , it sure seemed that he wanted them to win. Great Game Riders.. Go Riders Go !

Anonymous said...

Green wasn't intended target therefore can't be pass interference. Can't challenge contact on a receiver any more therefore that is why there was no challenge. Lots of people drive frmblong distances for games...with a 7 o clock game it is impossible for people to make it unless theytake holidays. There now you have your answers, go climb back into your hole.

Anonymous said...

Did you watch that play. Tsn announcers said that was pass interference but it's not. Gainey dives at the exact same time. Watch it again. That is not pass interference.

Anonymous said...

Trestman had every opportunity to throw his challenge flag but didn't. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

Is it pass interference when the ball has already sailed past the receiver and was thrown 5 yards away from him?

Anonymous said...

Friday night 7 PM start. How do working people coming 3 hours away get to a game. 100s of empty seats were paid for.

D had to be tired later game. Then score on s pick 6 and still on the field.

Most thought the wobbler pass on pick 6 was tipped. (Ray does not throw wobblers) Trestman etc viewed it on iPad but no challenge. But was not tipped.

Collaros looked good for first under fire. Should have been a confidence builder.

Anonymous said...

On the pick six the ball was tipped by Willie Jefferson at the line of scrimmage making contact on the receiver is therefore not pass interference. Watch the tv replay both Suitor and Cuthbert both called the tip.

Anonymous said...

Pass interference is negated once the ball is touched by a defensive player. Jefferson tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage. It was seen on the replay. Suitor also said as much when I watched the highlights at home. Also why it wasn't challenged.

Paco

Anonymous said...

Git

Anonymous said...

Git

Anonymous said...

Actually, I found another slow motion angle, ball wasn't tipped by Jefferson. As you were...

Paco

Anonymous said...

There may have also been some empty seats as a lot of people in the south east were cleaning up from major hail damage

Anonymous said...

This was nowhere close to being a perfect but it still counts in the seasons record. It's a hell of a lot better to be 1-0 than 0-1 and that can't be argued. Offensively this team has some work to do but I'm sure they will. Defence looks solid but also still has much room for improvement. Team has to learn that you can never sit back for even a couple series of plays. All in all the Riders deserved to win and they did win. Not a Picaso but not too bad for a first game. They don't ask how…just how many!

Anonymous said...

What about the holding not called that would have offset the pass interference that led to a td. At least the stipe were totally blind instead of the usual colour blind.

Anonymous said...

The CFL and some Regina fans don't get the stupidity of late night games. Arriving safely home at 1 or 2 in the morning and then going to work the next day is difficult. Many can't leave work early for the long drive either. The result is empty seats for the leagues best fan base. Why would a rational league inflict harm to One of their best franchises? Why would the city support such stupidity? Now the League wants Thursday night late games. This is as silly as allowing the coaches to call pass interference. Ambrosie replaced one stupid policy with another.
Promote the League and try to bring the fan bases in for weekend games. Perhaps the odd Sat night game. There is nothing special about night games when they cause empty seats.

Anonymous said...

Thank god there’s no more challenges, this game was actually good to watch for a change.

Anonymous said...

Your pissy little opinion should have a asterik beside it. Go piss somewhere else. Chow!! you chow troll!!

Clay P said...

My only critical comment is that the commercial breaks every 4 or 5 plays, takes away momentum for all teams. Sport games are momentum driven, thus takes away from flow of the game.
I fully realize that for radio & TV they must have commercial’s but can they not have less, but perhaps longer commercial’s??
It was a very very entertaining game. Also amazing how for most of the game the 5 yard rule on the punting team was forgotten about.!!!

Anonymous said...

So it's Regina's fault for allowing the CFL and TSN to schedule Friday night games! Regina must have a lot of say in that process. By the way, with every game televised you can watch it on TV for the games that don't fit your schedule.

Anonymous said...


Greatest fans in the CFL? Yeah OK. Lot of empty seats. What's the excuse this week?

Another fine example of Regina embarassing itself on a national stage again. Did people think it was the Memorial Cup? Did people not cash in their empties on time? Were the welfare cheques late in getting here?

Rider Hide!

Anonymous said...

Whiner

Anonymous said...

Of course it was pass interference.......that was the only receiver in the vicinity.......where was Andre proulx when we needed him???

And there’s no excuse for all the empty seats......it was a Friday night game and in Saskatchewan,half the people are on Fridays off and it’s no excuse about getting home late either as most people do not work weekends.....so can snooze in sat morning.

Anonymous said...

And, and, and.......it was NOT a deflected pass, it was a wobbler so pass interference should have been automatic!!

Anonymous said...

Hamilton loses 0-1 Oskee Weeee Weeeeeeeeeee

Tim said...

Ricky Ray showed a lot of class after the game I thought, said the pass on the pic 6 was HIS fault (bad throw).
He and Tressman both thought a challenge flag could have been thrown, but PI was not obvious, therefore they didn’t throw one.
Calls went both ways, could have been much more holding called on TO o-line. I was at game, and thought many missed holding calls.
Not blaming officials though, I thought it was fair both ways. I thought Riders were just better team in this one.

Morgan said...

it was truly a beautiful game and evening for Riderville! The riders definitely sent the haters searching for high ground and answers... how could the lowly riders take down the mighty Argonauts? How you ask? They're that damn good! GO RIDERS GO!!!

Anonymous said...

First question = yes.
Second qustion = nonya, as in nonya business.
3rd question = a resounding No.
4th question = some did, not all.
5th question = no, they not late, I got my check on time, thanz premier Moe.

Anonymous said...

I understand and can have sympathy for fans that live out of town and have to travel to games. That is a big commitment. The CFL and the Riders however can't please all the fan base with one good starting time. For some people, a Sunday game at 2 pm isn't the greatest either or a Saturday night game at 8 pm.

However, it seems that the NFL doesn't seem to have that problem with Thursday night games or Monday night games. It is just accepted and the games are generally sold out. Monday night games start at like 8:30 Eastern time, so imagine going to a game with an Eastern city and not leaving the stadium until midnight or later and probably only get a few hours of sleep that night. Or if a West coast based team having a Monday night game starting at 5:30 local time. Those fans must leave work early or take the day off. It may only be one game a year or maybe two depending if your team is a major tv ratings winner.

The Riders do there best to limit these Friday games to only one or two a year as well because they know they hurt the team in attendance. But in the end it just comes down mostly to priorities and choice for the fan. Sorry if this offends anyone, but can't have it work out all the time. If one or two games a year is going to deter you, then how big a fan are you really.

Anonymous said...

Might have been a few empty seats "Rider Hide" but was by far the largest crowd of opening weekend as the other games had way more empty seats in their stadiums. I guess those cities should be even more embarrassed on the national stage, or was it all those welfare checks late in those cities too.

Rider Pride

JPR said...

Get in touch with rules there super star he was not the intended target. And if you slow it down on pvr the play was clean. Suck it up buttercup the Riders won plain and simple.

@mrt_man said...

WAS GLAD TO SEE COLLAROS NOT SUCK.
GLAD GAINER MADE HIS LAP ON THE 2ND TD... WAS GETTING A LIL WORRIED THERE.

SOME CATCHES FROM THE WHO RECEIVERS. GREAT TO GET THE 1ST W RIGHT AWAY.

Anonymous said...

We'll take the win any day. Obviously still a few things to sharpen up, especially on the offensive side. But the brain trust knows this more than anyone and will be working hard on it at practice this week for sure!!

Larry
Yorkton

bdunc said...

What a great evening Friday in Riderville...beautiful night in one of the most beautiful stadiums in North America...lots of leg room..to many water fountains..and got to watch the Riders one of the elite teams in the CFL. Oh ya and 29000 of my friends were there as well..I asked the commissioner why they don't give Halifax a team and his reply was.."Then Winnipeg would want one"!