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Huskies Open Season With Non-Conference Win

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies opened the 2015 season with a 33-10 non-conference win over the visiting Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks Friday night in Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

Third-year Saskatchewan receiver Mitch Hillis hauled in nine passes for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns on the night. While fourth-year Huskie quarterback finished the night 13-for-20 with a pair of touchdownds and 214 yards.

Kayden Johnson carried the ball 17 times on the ground with Tyler Chow rushing another nine times for 86 and 62 yards respectively.

Eric Morelli completed 10-of-21 attempts on Friday night for 103 yards. James Fracas went 1-for-5 in limited action.

Greg Nyhof was the top receiver for the Golden Hawks with two catches for 40 yards. On the ground it was 2014 CIS leading rusher Dillon Campbell with six rushes for 46 yards. Morelli and Eric Guiltinan rushed for 38 yards each.

For the Huskies Lance Bashutsky and Evan Machibroda each recorded five tackles and Chris Friesen picked of Laurier quarterbacks twice.

Ron Klinga and Taner Philip both had an interception for Laurier. Scott Hunter was the leading tackler with 6.5.

Saskatchewan will continue with training camp next week in preparation for the start of the Canada West season September 4 at home against the University of Manitoba Bisons. Laurier opens the OUA season with a visit to Toronto to meet the York Lions on September 30.

It was the second meeting between the two programs. The only previous matchup was the 2005 Vanier Cup in Hamilton when Laurier prevailed 24-23.

Riders Glenn Out…. For A While:

The hits keep coming for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Yesterday the club moved injured Quarterback Kevin Glenn to the 6-game injured list.

Glenn tore his pectoral muscle making a tackle in Sunday’s loss to B.C.

The Riders will now turn to rookie Brett Smith to take over the offence. Tino Sunseri will serve as the back-up.

The Green and White did make a roster edition yesterday.

To The Point: CFL Week 5 Recap; Has The League Compromised Its New Rules?

Another week has come and gone in the CFL and once again the week ends with a disappointing Rider loss.

Here are my running thoughts from this week’s action including an argument that the CFL is listening to its fans and changing rules mid-stream.

Here We go:

Hamilton 31 – Saskatchewan 21:

The contest starts with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats moving the Ball into Rider territory. The drive stalls at the Rider 51 and instead of trying to pin the Riders deep Kent Austin elects to go for a 58-yard-field goal. Obviously, Kent feels the Riders are a fragile bunch and he knows an early lead will help his offence enormously.

A nice return by Weston Dressler can turn the tide in the Riders favor if they can capitalize which they do with a Paul McCallum Field goal.

McCallum’s consistency is a hug plus for the Riders.

Scanning the Riders sideline and Taj Smith is on the bench. I thought the Riders really didn’t want much to do with him for the rest of the year. Interesting that he is back around the team.

Commentators on TV are continuing to talk about how little things are adding up into big things for the Riders. Right on cue Chris Getzlaf seems to lose his place on the field and cuts his route off short of the yard sticks. The completion is made but the Riders have to kick. Down and distance awareness has to be more of a priority for the Green and White.

Opposite end of the spectrum, what a great decision by Weston Dressler. After a botched lateral pass he throws an incomplete pass instead of taking a 13-yard loss. That’s a great heads up play!

The Rider injury carousel has taken another spin as National Full-Back Spence Moore heads to the Rider locker room. Done for the day.

Have the Riders outcoached themselves this game by not giving the football to Jerome Messam? I personally would have made Hamilton stop him before moving away from him. The Rider ‘O’ hasn’t afforded that opportunity to the league leader in yards from scrimmage.

Riders Lose Another Vet For the Season Add Another National

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international defensive back Weldon Brown has suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed national defensive back Dan West to the roster. As per club policy details of the contract were not released.

West (6’2 – 201) wil l join the Riders after spending his first three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after signing with the team as a free agent ahead of the 2012 season.

Riders Lose One Add Two

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost another veteran for the rest of the season.

Former University of Saskatchewan Huskie Levi Steinhauer, who suffered a season-ending torn pectoral injury last year, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Here is the official word from the Riders:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national defensive end Levi Steinhauer has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Meanwhile, the Green and White added a pair of players yesterday:

To The Point: Riders Lose 35-32/D Gets An F?

Another tough one for the Saskatchewan Roughriders who drop to 0-3 on the season after an overtime loss in BC on Saturday night. Here’s my running analysis from the contest.

1st Quarter:

Weston Dressler despite his small stature has started out fearlessly going over the middle against the BC defence.
Riders first offensive possession comes to a close after a failed second and long run by Kevin Glenn. The play would have gone for naught though as the Riders Chris Best was flagged for holding. The second penalty for the Riders in the opening 3 minutes. The first came on the kick-off return.

Perhaps the first mistake of the game. Despite Ray Early’s punt drifting into the end zone the Lions, inexplicably, run the ball out. First and ten inside their own ten for B.C. Can the Riders defence make a statement early?
First BC offensive play is scrubbed by an offensive penalty back the Lions up again. Objectionable conduct is an interesting call and an even less impressive penalty.

After a pair of first downs the BC offence stalls with a dropped pass and the Riders offence can go back to work.

Riders Officially Add Price And National LB

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed national linebacker Nathan Kanya while adding international quarterback Keith Price to the practice roster.

Kanya (6’2 – 210) joins the Riders and will enter his fifth CFL season. The UBC product spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Hamilton Tiger-Cats before joining the Edmonton Eskimos for the next two years. The 27-year-old has collected 42 special teams tackles in 63 regular season games while adding three more in four playoff games.

Price (6’1 – 202) re-joins the Riders after originally signing with the team in September, 2014 appearing in four regular season games as a backup. The 24-year-old California native had spent the previous four seasons as quarterback of the University of Washington Huskies.

Riders Punt Milo

From the Saskatchewan Roughriders:


The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the release of national kicker Chris Milo.

To The Point: Game Recap And Analysis: Toronto 42 – Saskatchewan 40

A tough loss for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (42-40 Toronto) sees them fall to 0-2 on the season and perhaps more significantly 0-2 at home. Here are my thoughts from the contest as it played out.

The Rider defence appears to begin strong as Alex Hall collects a sack on Toronto’s opening drive.

Long field goal from Argonaut youngster Ronnie Pfeffer to cap impressive first drive. Riders I’m sure wish they had a young player that could come in and connect from 50 yards out. 3-0 Toronto.

Impressive opening drive for the Riders. Questionable decision on second and short to move Messam laterally instead of North-South towards the end zone. Despite that the play call shows some creativity.
Paul McCallum comes into a nice ovation and connects on a chip shot to tie the game. Tie-game 3-3.
Second Toronto drive has them once again moving the ball on a porous Rider defense.

The only way the Riders are getting pressure is by blitzing safety Tyron Brackenridge. How long before the Argos take a shot deep?

First quarter ends 3-3 with Argos marching. Riders to get the wind in the second quarter.

Argos cap off another impressive drive this time with a major. No pressure on the Quarterback and Kevin Elliot is allowed to cross the formation to take the dump pass for the major. A long extra point attempt into the wind is good and Toronto takes a 10-3 lead.

Second Rider possession ends with a Rob Bagg reception short of the first down. Kevin Glenn heads towards Bagg as the two leave the field. No doubt the conversation has to do with knowledge of down and distance.
Riders illegal formation on the ensuing punt negates a 60 yard-punt. Ouch. A big return by Chad Owens is negated by penalty and the Argos are starting deep in their own end.

Rider Final Cuts Includes Pair of National Vets

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made the following roster moves:



  • National wide receiver Melvin Abankwah
  • National defensive back Kwame Adjei
  • National wide receiver Alex Carroll
  • National defensive back Michael Carter
  • International linebacker Jake Doughty
  • International defensive back Jeremy Gray
  • International wide receiver Greg Hardin
  • International offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick
  • National offensive lineman Gord Hinse
  • International defensive back Tyree Hollins
  • National fullback Ronlee King-Fileen
  • National defensive lineman Tyler Langlais
  • International defensive back Junior Mertile
  • National offensive lineman Brad Nehring
  • International defensive back Marrio Norman
  • National kicker Hugh O’Neill
  • International running back Sam Ojuri
  • National offensive lineman Kyle Paterson
  • National wide receiver Alex Pierzchalski
  • International offensive lineman Randy Richards
  • International wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt
  • International defensive lineman Robert Singletary
  • International linebacker Phillip Steward
  • National offensive lineman Matt Vonk
  • International wide receiver Devin Wilson
  • National defensive back Paul Woldu