The Tiger-Cats and the Roughriders shared similar fates in CFL play over the weekend. One had high hopes for the season the other is a supposed Grey Cup contender. Neither looked good at all and both took losses in Week 14.
The losing skid is for the Montreal Alouettes is over and they have sub-par play from the Roughriders to thank for it.
For the second week in a row, the Roughriders played in a game more symbolic of a hockey game in regards to the score. At the half yesterday in Montreal, Sask trailed 4-3.
During most of the game last week when they hosted BC, the score in the second quarter was 6-4.
Led by CFL tackles leader Chip Cox, the Alouettes held the slumping Saskatchewan Roughriders to 15 yards on the ground, picked off three Darian Durant passes, sacked him four times and stuffed a third-and-one attempt on the goal line in their 17-12 victory on Sunday.
“We win and lose as a team,” said Cox, who picked off Durant in the end zone to stop Saskatchewan’s final drive and secure the win. “The team needed that from us today and that’s what we did.
“The team’s been needing that from us for the last few weeks and we haven’t been able to pull it through for them. Today, we did and we got the W.”
Weston Dressler had the lone TD for the Roughriders (8-5), who lost a fourth game in a row.
The highlight for the visiting Roughriders came about 10 minutes into the opening quarter, when slotback Geroy Simon made history by hauling in his 1,018th career reception, breaking the record of former Alouette Ben Cahoon. He ended the game with 1,020.
Obviously, Simon was in no mood for that after the game.
“We’re not executing now,” the 15-year veteran said. “The defence is holding up their part of the bargain by holding them to minimal points, but I can only speak for the offence.
“We’re just not making plays we need to make. The leaders have to lead. We just have to figure it out. We have to take a long look in the mirror and ask if we’re doing everything we need to win.”
Durant completed 24 of 46 passes for 339 yards, but he missed open receivers repeatedly and threw the three picks.
Chris Garrett, filling in for injured running back Kory Sheets, gained nine yards on five carries. The Riders have not won in three games since Sheets sprained his right knee against Toronto.
To make things worse for the Riders, the Alouettes had to play backup quarterback Josh Neiswander because Anthony Calvillo is out. Neiswander was good on 21 of 36 passes for 264 yards. He was not intercepted and was never sacked.
Sask now sits in third place in the West (it has always felt like they were in top spot, but they dropped into third with the loss to the Als and hold a record of 8-5. Edmonton currently occupies the basement at 3-10.
Montreal’s woes came from dropped passes and some bumbling moments on special teams. But the defence erased any errors.
Hamilton meanwhile had a much better excuse for not winning, despite playing ‘at home’, they faced a much more formidable opponent in the Stampeders.
It was also a sweet ‘homecoming’ for former Hamilton quarterback Kevin Glenn, who lit up his former team to put the game away long before it was actually over.
“Not just field goals, touchdowns. We did that tonight and I think . . . there’s where we got the momentum and we kept the momentum,” offered Glenn following the end of a 35-11 romp over those hapless Ti-Cats.
Glenn threw three TD passes, two of them to Jabari Arthur, and completed 17 of 26 passes for 238 yards.
He also gave up one interception himself, late in the game.
Maurice Price and Drew Tate also scored touchdowns for Calgary. Back-up quarterback Dan LeFevour scored for the Ticats.
Calgary kicker Rene Parades hit both his field-goal attempts from 41 and 44 yards. Hamilton’s Brett Lauther was good on one of three field-goal attempts, missing from 48 and 24 yards and hitting a 27 yarder.
Calgary running back Jon Cornish ran for 114 yards on 15 carries while Hamilton’s C.J. Gable ran for 132 yards on 13 carries.
Calgary improved to 10-3 to sit atop the West Division and had already secured a playoff spot. But Glenn called it a big win for the Stamps because they didn’t want back-to-back losses, after losing last week to Toronto.
Hamilton drops to 6-7 in the East and have probably their biggest test of the season coming up on Friday night when they play Toronto. Montreal, thanks to their win over the Riders, trails the Tabbies by one win. Should one of these teams put together a winning streak this late in the season, it could mean one of them will be done by mid-October. Winnipeg still sits firmly in the basement with two victories.