Riders pushing for playoffs, hosting Redblacks tonight
REGINA (CP) — Kienan LaFrance has overcome injury, frustration and the possibility of losing playing time to a former NFL third-round pick to become the late-game workhorse for the resurgent Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Thanks to two recent, high-production fourth quarters, the third-year CFLer has helped power the Riders above .500 to an 8-6 record and into contention for a playoff spot at third place in the West Division.
LaFrance and the Roughriders will look to ride that momentum into tonight’s game in Regina against his former team, the Ottawa Redblacks (6-9). Two weeks ago, LaFrance and the Riders erased a 17-point deficit in Ottawa to beat the Redblacks 18-17. They followed that with another comefrom-behind win against Toronto a week later, as LaFrance’s fourthquarter ball carrying set up Tyler Crapigna’s winning field goal in a 27-24 victory.
“We’ve been playing some good ball lately, but I think that to win every game in the last quarter of the season, we need to look forward to be able to play well in all aspects,” LaFrance said. “We need to go out and play our game.”