Saturday, October 25, 2008

Riders blast Edmonton 55-9

The Saskatchewan Roughriders played tough defense and ran up and down the field, blasting the Edmonton Eskimos 55-9 Saturday night in CFL action, in front of 30,945 fans at Regina's Mosaic Stadium.

Saskatchewan opened the scoring early in the first. After turning the ball over themselves, the Riders got it back and got on the board, as Kitwana Jones scooped up a loose ball and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown. Luca Congi converted, to put Saskatchewan up 7-0 with 11:59 remaining in the first. The Eskimos crawled back into contention, getting a 33 yard field goal and a 71 yard punt single from Noel Prefontaine, then a safety touch in the final minute, to trail 7-6 after one quarter.

The Riders blew the doors off the game with 26 points in the second quarter and 15 more in the third. Congi kicked a 41 yard field goal, Renauld Williams scored on a 51 yard interception return, Corey Grant caught a 3 yard scoring pass from Steven Jyles, Wes Cates ran one in from 10 yards out and Prefontaine gave up a safety touch. Congi converted after each touchdown, to put Saskatchewan up 33-6 at the half. Weston Dressler caught a 41 yard touchdown pass from Michael Bishop, Congi converted, J Boreham's kickoff resulted in a 71 yard single, Cates hit paydirt from a yard away and Congi converted, putting Saskatchewan on top 48-6 through 45 minutes.

Bishop tossed a 6 yard touchdown pass to Andy Fantuz, with Congi converting, to open the 4th quarter scoring 53 seconds into the period, putting the Riders up 55-6. Edmonton rounded out the scoring, with Kevin Challenger getting credit for a safety touch and Prefontaine getting a 75 yard punt single, resulting in the final score of 55-9 in favor of Saskatchewan.

For the Riders, Jyles was 7 of 13 passing for 99 yards, a touchdown and two picks, while Bishop, who came on at the start of the second half, went 9 of 10 for 198 yards and 2 scores. Fantuz caught 4 passes for 62 yards and a score, Dressler 3 catches for 83 yards and a score and Cates ran the ball 16 times for 48 yards and 2 touchdowns. For the Eskimos, Ricky Ray was 10 of 18 for 99 yards with 2 interceptions and Jason Maas was 6 of 16 for 57 yards. Kamau Peterson caught 5 passes for 53 yards and Calvin McCarty had 11 rushes for 62 yards.

Saskatchewan improves to 11-6 for 22 points, good for second in the West. Edmonton slips to 9-8 for 18 points, 4th in the West. The Riders wrap up their regular season schedule on Thursday, October 30th in Toronto against the Argonauts, while the Eskimos host Montreal on Friday, October 31st. For Saskatchewan to get home field in the West semis, they must win at Toronto, while the B.C. Lions must lose to either Toronto at home tonight, or at Calgary on Saturday, November 1st. The Riders regular season finale from Toronto can be heard with Rod Pedersen ( and Carm Carteri calling the action on beginning at 6:30p.m. Central time next Thursday.

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