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RED­BLACKS RB WIL­LIAM POW­ELL: In the first meet­ing of these teams, Sept. 29, Pow­ell ran for a ca­reer-high 187 yards, with seven rushes of 10-plus yards. He had 245 yards over the two games against Saskatchewan. In the Red­blacks’ fi­nal six games, Pow­ell av­er­aged 120.2 per game. NOW, THAT’S SPE­CIAL: In his last game, Dion­tae Spencer set a CFL record with 496 com­bined yards. He is the East’s nom­i­nee for CFL spe­cial teams player of the year, Saskatchewan has its own spe­cial re­turner: Chris­tion Jones had the high­est punt re­turn av­er­age by a Saskatchewan player (14.3 yards) since Corey Holmes in 2005 (15.2). BIG PLAYS FROM RID­ERS D: The Red­blacks fig­ured Jovon John­son was done be­fore the 2016 sea­son, Mon­treal counted him out dur­ing this year’s train­ing camp. Turns out he’s still got game. John­son tied with Richard Leonard for the CFL lead with 13 pass knock­downs and added two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies. There are other very good play­ers on that Rid­ers de­fence. Wil­lie Jef­fer­son led the CFL in com­bined QB sacks and pres­sures with 45; Ed Gainey led the league with 10 in­ter­cep­tions. Saskatchewan was one of only two clubs with two de­fend­ers mak­ing at least 100-plus de­fen­sive plays (Henoc Muamba with 106 and Jef­fer­son with 100). RID­ERS WR DURON CARTER: No ques­tion­ing the guy’s tal­ent. On Oct. 13 vs. the Red­blacks, Carter made 11 catches for 231 yards, a CFL-high for any player in 2017. Since then, he’s caught just one pass, while also see­ing some time at cor­ner­back. Said Red­blacks line­backer Tay­lor Reed: “He had 200-plus yards against us last time, but they lost. Our men­tal­ity is you want to con­tain their best player, but it’s play­off time - it’s about wins and losses, none of those other stats mat­ter to us.” THE KICK­ERS: Rid­ers’ Tyler Crapigna went 7-for-7 on field goals over the two games ver­sus Ot­tawa; Brett Ma­her was 3-for-4. Over the sea­son, Crapigna, who’s from Ot­tawa, was good on 36-of-42 field goal at­tempts, while Ma­her was 41-of-50. Crapigna has been a Red­blacks killer over the years.

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