Rid­ers push­ing for play­offs, host­ing Red­blacks tonight

The Daily Courier - - SPORTS -

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.”

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