Redblacks nowhere near good enough in loss to Roughriders

Aubrey Yates
November 12, 2017

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are advancing to the first East Division final in franchise history following Sunday's 31-20 CFL playoff victory over the host Ottawa Redblacks.

Kevin Glenn threw for 252 yards and one touchdown as the Roughriders rode a hot start to the contest to a thoroughly dominant display in the nation's capital.

The REDBLACKS wasted no time responding. One play after William Powell was stuffed on Ottawa's opening offensive play, Harris took to the air on second-and-long and found Diontae Spencer with a step on the defender, turning his first completion into a 56-yard touchdown. Harris went on to complete a two point conversion to Juron Criner to put Ottawa up 8-7. The Riders retook the lead 14-8 with 5:38 left in the first.

Trevor Harris' first career playoff start ended with a loss, the veteran throwing for more than 400 yards but also turning the ball over twice.

After all the early scoring in the first quarter, it took until late in the second for more points to be put on the board.

Vernon Adams Jr. and Bakari Grant had Saskatchewan's other touchdowns.

It looked bad for the Riders early in the third when Christion Jones fumbled the punt return, coughing the ball up for on their own 19.

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Ottawa pulled to within 21-11 with Brett Maher's 22-yard field goal at 2:56 of the third.

Maher's 29-yard field goal at 8:04 cut Saskatchewan's lead to 28-14 but the Riders countered with Tyler Crapigna's 31-yard boot to end the third for a 31-14 advantage. Chad Owens caught the return and pitched it to Jones who ran it back 43 yards. Crapigna added the converts and a field goal.

Glenn stayed in his early groove, starting the Riders' second possession with a first-down to Roosevelt before moving the sticks again on a second-and-10 with a swing pass to Kienan LaFrance.

The Redblacks receiver and return specialist did everything in his power to keep the home team within reach of the game, especially in the first half as the Roughriders began to assert their dominance.

On a day when the Ottawa Redblacks needed to be at their best, they were anything but.

Saskatchewan, taking part in the East Division bracket as the crossover team, will continue its quest with a visit to Toronto in a meeting with the Argonauts in the Eastern final at BMO Field next week.

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