Roughrid­ers drop Banjo Bowl, lose start­ing quar­ter­back

Kevin Glenn listed as day-to-day with in­jured throw­ing hand

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - SPORTS - PETER LOZINSKI

It was a Banjo Bowl the Riders would rather for­get.

Fol­low­ing a strong Labour Day Clas­sic vic­tory over the ri­val Win­nipeg Blue Bombers, Saskatchewan was rid­ing a three-game win streak, and had won four of their last five.

They cruised to vic­tory last week, jump­ing out to an early lead and fight­ing off a late Win­nipeg push.

Satur­day’s game was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

The Riders got the ball to start the game, and only three plays in, Kevin Glenn had his pass in­ter­cepted by Jo­van Santos-Knox. It looked like Win­nipeg would score, but kicker Justin Med­lock un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally missed a long 48-yard field goal at­tempt.

A quick Saskatchewan three and out gave Win­nipeg great field po­si­tion, start­ing on the Riders’ 35. Four plays later, Matt Ni­chols found Clarence Den­mark in the end zone with a 12-yard pass to go up by a touch­down.

Saskatchewan con­tin­ued to strug­gle on of­fence un­til late in the first quar­ter, when Kevin Glenn found Duron Carter, who ran the ball 67 yards to the house. The kick was good, ty­ing the game at sevens.

Win­nipeg struck again to start the sec­ond quar­ter. A 45yard punt by Josh Bar­tel was re­turned by Mau­rice Leggett for a touch­down to put the Bombers back on top.

Fol­low­ing an 85-yard Med­lock punt, Win­nipeg added a sin­gle.

Saskatchewan was quick to re­spond the very next play. Naa­man Roo­sevelt caught a 26-yard pass from Glenn and scam­pered 49 yards to the end zone. The two-point con­ver­sion was no good, and The Bombers re­mained on top 1513.

The teams kept pace un­til late in the half, when a Saskatchewan off­side negated a de­fen­sive goal line stop. The Bombers were able to re­group, and backup QB Dan LeFevour ran in for the one yard score. The kick was good, put­ting the Bombers back up nine, 29-20.

Win­nipeg built on their lead in the third quar­ter, open­ing with a rouge fol­lowed by a 54yard pick six to go up 37-20. An­other rouge ex­tended the lead to 38-20.

Saskatchewan wouldn’t go down with­out a fight. Bran­don Bridge scored on a ten-yard run, and then com­pleted a pass to Chris Hol­ley for two to bring the Riders back within 10.

That was as close as they would get. Win­nipeg added an­other touch­down and a field goal to walk away with the Banjo Bowl ti­tle and a 48-28 vic­tory.

Saskatchewan quar­ter­back Kevin Glenn fin­ished the day 15-22 with two touch­downs and a pair of in­ter­cep­tions. Bran­don Bridge went four for eight with an in­ter­cep­tion. Though Saskatchewan to­talled 488 yards of of­fence, in­clud­ing 294 through the air, the three turnovers cost them.

Win­nipeg fin­ished with 420 yards, in­clud­ing 282 through the air. Spe­cial teams also hurt Saskatchewan.

Win­nipeg scored seven points off of a re­turned punt, as well as three sin­gles from kicker Justin Med­lock. They av­er­aged 73.8 yards per kick­off and 52.5 per punt, much longer than Saskatchewan’s 40.6 yards per punt and 50.8 per kick-off.

If los­ing the game wasn’t bad enough, the Riders also lost Kevin Glenn. The quar­ter­back left in the third quar­ter with what ap­peared to be an in­jury to his throw­ing hand and did not re­turn. He is listed as dayto-day. He did not break any bones and is ex­pected to be a game time de­ci­sion Fri­day night against Hamil­ton.

At an even 5-5, the Riders are last in the west,.

If the play­offs started to­day, the Riders would not be in the post­sea­son, de­spite boast­ing a bet­ter record than any team in the East Di­vi­sion.

The Riders’ next op­po­nent, Hamil­ton, is rid­ing a twogame win streak af­ter com­ing out on top of close games against Toronto and Ottawa. Those two wins are the TigerCats’ only vic­to­ries this year. Kick off is sched­uled for 5 p.m.

KEVIN KING/WIN­NIPEG SUN/SASKA­TOON STARPHOENIXS

askatchewan Roughrid­ers quar­ter­back Kevin Glenn threw for 327 yards and two long touch­downs be­fore leav­ing Satur­day’s game in the third quar­ter

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