The Horsemen survive Stamps in the OT thriller – .

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The Horsemen survive Stamps in the OT thriller – .


REGINA – The Saskatchewan Roughriders survived a one-night fight to defeat the Calgary Stampeders 33-30 to advance to the Western Final.

Cody Fajardo survived a night of four interceptions and Brett Lauther scored a 34-yard field goal to sideline the game as the Riders advance to their second straight Western Final. They will face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at IG Field on December 5 to fight for a spot in the 108th Gray Cup.

Bo Levi Mitchell passed 24-32 for 285 yards, recorded no touchdowns and two interceptions.

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The Riders started the game with a bit of an emotional roller coaster.

Jamal Morrow thought he missed a return field touchdown, but found his 124-yard trip to the end zone was wiped out by an illegal block. This brought Saskatchewan back to its own five-yard line. Two games later, Fajardo was intercepted by Jonathan Moxey. A transfer from Mitchell to Ka’Deem Carey later, the Stamps running back had taken five yards into the end zone to give Calgary the lead. Rene Paredes’ convert was 7-0 at 7:02.

Halftime quickly turned into a defensive battle, with Moxey shooting a team record tying three interceptions before halftime. Ed Gainey got the better of Mitchell twice, with a pair of interceptions. While the potential was there for big plays on every turnover, including a Calgary turnover on the downs, no offense was able to capitalize the way it wanted.

After a chip shot from Brett Lauther on a 16-yard field goal, the Riders had a breakthrough on special teams. Returner Jamal Morrow hit a Cody Grace punt for 69 yards for the touchdown, putting the Riders in front for the first time in the game. Rene Paredes’ convert gave the Riders a 10-7 lead at 7:26 of the second quarter.

Paredes had a first half out of his character, missing field goals to open and close the half. The teams faced off on their way to their locker room and it ended up having serious consequences for Calgary, as veteran D lineman Shawn Lemon was disqualified from the game for what officials considered brutal play.

Off the penalty on Lemon’s ejection, the Riders executed a perfect side kick from the Calgary 50-yard line, with AC Leonard shooting the ball. Fajardo quickly found Kian Schaffer-Baker three games later for a six-yard touchdown pass. Lauther was back on the pitch at 1:49 to kick the convert to give the Riders a 17-8 lead.

Paredes’ 27-yard field goal 5:36 of the third put Calgary down six points, but even that little momentum came at a price as the team lost wide receiver Colton Hunchak to an injury. leg. The Stamps survived another turnaround when Reggie Begelton bounced a punt to his chest and slipped out of him, into the hands of the Riders. The Calgary defense didn’t allow any runs on the ensuing drive and Paredes added another field goal, this one from 25 yards, to make it a three-point game at the end of the three quarters.

Lauther doubled his team’s lead with a 24-yard field goal at 1:46 of the fourth quarter, but the Stamps had a quick six-game practice on the field. At second-one, Mitchell passed Carey for the fourth time on the ride, as he launched himself over the trenches, where he could have seen the Riders’ d-line offside beneath him. His second touchdown of the game tied him at 20 and the convert from Paredes gave the Stamps a 21-20 lead at 5:39.

Calgary grabbed the momentum mid-quarter when Jameer Thurman rushed past a pass from Fajardo and pulled off the defense’s fourth interception of the night, putting Mitchell and the offense at the Riders’ 47-yard line. The Stamps settled for a field goal and Paredes threw up 47 yards to give his team a 24-20 lead with just over five minutes to go.

Undeterred, Fajardo led the Riders to the Calgary one-yard line. After a few transfers to William Powell, Fajardo kept the ball and made his way into the end zone. Lauther’s convert gave the Riders a three-point advantage with 2:23 left on the clock.

With his team taking a punch, Mitchell found himself up for his own answer, but was only able to get the Stamps to the Riders’ 39-yard line after Mitchell was sacked for a loss on the second down. Paredes coolly fielded a 47-yard field goal that slipped through the uprights with 37 seconds left to tie a 27-all score.

In overtime, Schaffer-Baker failed to hold back a ball that required a tightrope number on the end line of the end zone. Lauther’s 20-yard field goal gave the Riders a lead of three.

With Mosaic crowd pressure on him, Mitchell led varied training against the Riders, searching for the end zone on his first pass, then working Carey into the ground scramble. Carey was stopped at the 17-yard line, leading Paredes to a 24-yard attempt that tied the game at 30-30.

In the second OT, the Stamps survived a near fumble by rookie receiver Luther Hakunavanhu and had to call Paredes again. His 44-yard player went to the left, his third miss of the evening. Morrow knocked the ball out of the end zone and opened the door to a Riders victory.

After a pair of transfers, Lauther made his way onto the field for a 34-yard attempt. Mosaic went silent as Lauther lined him up and exploded in celebration as he hit the basket.

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