Roughriders win 26-16, add to Elks’ dwelling distress – Edmonton

Roughriders win 26-16, add to Elks’ dwelling distress – Edmonton

The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ current dominance over the Edmonton Elks continued on Saturday.

Mitchell Picton’s fourth quarter landing catch proved to be the distinction because the Roughriders remained good on the younger Canadian Soccer League season with a 26-16 victory over the Elks, their sixth straight win over Edmonton.

“It was a scrappy recreation, we knew it’s gonna be robust,” stated Saskatchewan quarterback Cody Fajardo, who handed for 247 yards.

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“We knew that they have been gonna be able to play of their dwelling opener, however we are going to by no means apologize for the way we discovered a method to win. We discovered a method to rating within the fourth quarter to win the soccer recreation and I really feel like that’s what we’ve been doing the previous couple of years.”

The Roughriders are 2-0, after additionally defeating Hamilton of their opening recreation.

The Elks dropped to 0-2 after dropping 59-15 of their first recreation to the B.C. Lions, and have now gone 9 video games with out a win at dwelling. Edmonton went 0-7 final season at Commonwealth Stadium.

“We didn’t play adequate defensively to win the soccer recreation, and we had sufficient errors each within the kicking recreation and on offence to not enable us to win the soccer recreation,” stated Elks head coach and defensive coordinator Chris Jones. “While you play like we performed, you don’t need to win.

“We’ve acquired to play extra acute soccer. We’re making some strides, we’ve acquired a superb locker room.”

Saskatchewan struck for a 50-yard subject aim from Brett Lauther on its opening drive.

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Edmonton was minus-one yard in offence within the first quarter.

There was no additional scoring till halfway by means of the second, when Lauther related for an 18-yard subject aim.

After Edmonton’s Matt Thomas recovered a fumble off a missed subject aim return on the Saskatchewan 23, quarterback Nick Arbuckle discovered Kenny Lawler for a five-yard landing go to place the Elks up 7-6 with three minutes left within the second body.

Saskatchewan rapidly responded with an unconverted landing of its personal with lower than a minute to play within the first half, as Jamal Morrow scored on a two-yard rush.

The Elks opened the third quarter with a 12-yard subject aim from Sergio Castillo, who then added a 30-yarder to shut out the third.

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Lauther put his crew again in entrance once more with a 41-yard subject aim 5 minutes into the fourth. Castillo made it 16-15 for Edmonton with a 37-yarder halfway by means of the ultimate quarter.

The Roughriders rapidly responded with a 28-yard TD go from Fajardo to Picton, who additionally reeled within the two-point convert.

“He had a pleasant recreation,” Dickenson stated of Picton, who hauled in 4 passes for 56 yards. “It was good to see him have some success. He has been grinding it out for 3 or 4 years straight now.”

Saskatchewan appeared to place the sport away not lengthy afterwards after a compelled fumble restoration by A.C. Leonard, however Lauther missed a 44-yard subject aim. He rapidly acquired one other likelihood, nevertheless, and nailed it from 21 yards out.

There was some unhealthy information for the Riders within the late going, although, as veteran offensive lineman Dan Clark needed to be carted off the sector after struggling a decrease physique damage.

Each groups are on the highway subsequent week because the Riders head to Montreal on Thursday and the Elks are in Calgary on Saturday.

The Canadian Press