‘Riders upend Stampeders

The Canadian Press
Donna Spencer

CALGARY–The Saskatchewan Roughriders recovered their offence in a 29-24 win over the host Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.
After getting shut out 31-0 by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in their previous game, the Roughriders kept Calgary’s defence on the field and generated points from long drives.
“They’re the most solid, top to bottom, over the last 10, 12 years so it’s good to be able to come here and get the win in their place,” Saskatchewan head coach Chris Jones said.
“We asserted ourselves from the word ‘go.”
Saskatchewan (11-6) has a playoff berth locked down, but whether it will be at home or away has yet to be determined.
The Roughriders have one game remaining in the regular season this Saturday against the B.C. Lions.
Meanwhile, the Stampeders (12-4) have lost two in a row at home.
Calgary still can clinch first in the West Division with a win in one of its two remaining games, or with a Roughrider loss on Saturday.
“It’s just important to get back on the winning track,” said Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson.
“I want to win the West with a win,” he added. “I know it’s going to be tough, as well. Now we’re on the road again.
“Our team is building. We’re not where we need to be,” Dickenson conceded.
“We’ll never win it unless we get better.”
Calgary concludes its regular season on the road this Friday in Winnipeg and then Nov. 3 in Vancouver against the Lions.
Winnipeg and B.C. (9-7) are tied for third in the division ahead of the Edmonton Eskimos (8-9).
A West Division team will cross over and claim a playoff spot in the East this season.
The Roughriders won the season series against Calgary 2-1 and conceivably could overtake the Stampeders atop the division.
But Saskatchewan needs to win its last game and for the Stamps to lose out.
“If we were worried about that, we should have took care of that the first part of the season,” Jones reasoned.
“All we can worry about is what we control, try to come out next week and beat a very good B.C. team,” he added.
Ottawa beat Hamilton 35-31 on Friday night, meanwhile, to open up a two-point lead on the Ticats atop the East Division.
Both teams have two games remaining in the regular season.

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