Saturday nights upset handling of the Montreal Alouettes has done more than give the Riders two points in the standings. It’s made believers of a team that had stumbled more than a few times in the season. It also has set them up in pretty good position for a run on second place in the CFL West and a chance to host a CFL semi final game.
With a complete game plan played to perfection the Riders kept coming and coming at Anthony Calvillo, giving him a fair amount of attention and company throughout the game. Keeping the Als off balance and off the scoreboard as Saskatchewan moved into a second place tie in the West, on the strength of Saturday’s 35-19 victory. The Als who were missing favourite target Ben Cahoun, seemed to be taken by surprise by the ease in which the Riders would move down the field and the ferocity of the Rider front four who kept coming across the line all night long.
Kenton Keith ran through the much vaunted Montreal defence amassing 146 yards and scoring two touchdowns on the way to the first win over Montreal in nine attempts. With 17 carries on the night Keith found no problem picking his way through the assorted Alouettes who had problems with the Rider O line all night long.
It didn’t start out as a troublesome night for Montreal, who jumped out to an 18-0 lead before the Riders could get on board. But once Saskatchewan crossed that goal line they wouldn’t stop, The Riders took advantage of a strong wind in the second and third quarters and scored 34 points in 17 minutes, on their way to their third win in a row.
The loss for Montreal is more of an inconvenience than a major catastrophe, interrupting a six game winning streak this was merely a hiccup on the way to the Eastern final. But the loss will serve as a cautionary tale, to take no team lightly in the last month of the CFL season. For Saskatchewan the win was huge on this season, giving them a solid sh