AL3: What a night for the green and white
For the third time in four weeks, the Saskatchewan Roughriders took on the Calgary Stampeders.
Every Rider fan had their fingers crossed heading into this matchup thinking that the third time must be the charm. If the Riders win, they have a better chance of hosting the semi-final in late November.
To add fuel to the fire, the brotherly battle between Craig and Dave Dickenson made for quite the the storyline heading into the week.
The Riders came out of bye week looking a little shaky.
The first drive resulted in an interception as Calgary brought it down for a field goal. After that, It seemed the early mistakes were cut down and the Green & White weren’t playing catch up. Saskatchewan would then tie it up with a field goal of their own.
After two dud drives for both teams to start the second, Calgary would be the first team into the end zone once again, with Kadeem Carey making it a 10-3 game. Before the end of the half, Saskatchewan would score a field goal with 32 seconds remaining. Some more special team heroics would result in a botched kickoff by Calgary. That led to a chance for Saskatchewan to add to their point totals. But, just another field goal, leading to a 10 to 6 score.
At the half, Ridernation may have been feeling a little bit better than the last couple of games. The defence was making plays. Shaq Evans and Duke Williams noticeably got involved.
It looked like momentum was in Saskatchewan’s favour.
Calgary whiffed on their first drive of the third quarter, while Saskatchewan was determined to score on their first drive as Brayden Lenius gave Saskatchewan 13-10 lead. The Roughriders defence would force an additional two interceptions before the end of the third quarter, thanks Bo!
For the fourth, Saskatchewan looked to capitalize on their second interception of the second half, which was returned to the Stamps’ seven yard line. It took three tries, but Kyran Moore got the go ahead touchdown to make it a 10 point game. Would this be enough?
Both teams would trade a handful of fruitless drives, until 1:01 in the final quarter with a touchdown from Calgary.
It would come down to an onside kick (sounds familiar, eh?), this time, for Calgary as it was a 20-17 game. Up comes Saskatchewan’s newest addition, Duke Williams, to catch that kick. Immediate payoff for the newest Rider.
Calgary would get another crack at it, with one last possession and it resulted in an incomplete Hail Mary for the stamps.
Final, Saskatchewan beats Calgary 20-17.
It’s another game where Saskatchewan looked a little better this week. We can only hope they get better with the additions at the receiver position.
With the Western Final guaranteed to go through Winnipeg, here is an interesting stat to look at: The Riders have a point differential of 64-53 against the BC Lions. While the Bombers' separation against the BC Lions is massive with a 75-3 point differential.
That gives you an idea what Saskatchewan is facing if they win they make and win the semi-final.
However, if Saskatchewan can establish the deep ball and eliminate penalties, we could have a shot.
All eyes head east this week, with the Riders taking on the Montreal Alouettes Saturday at 5 PM.
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AUTHOR: Avery LeBlanc
Avery LeBlanc is a creator, producer, and host of The Lang & LeBlanc Podcast. Born and raised on a farm near Wakaw, Saskatchewan, Avery is the morning on-air host with FOX FM in Yorkton.