The Saskatchewan Roughriders won their third straight home game over the weekend against the Ottawa Redblacks 23-10. Read a full recap of the game below.
Saturday was also dubbed Family Day at Mosaic Stadium, with the Queen City Ex taking place outside of the raucous stadium of Rider fans. Fans were treated to a great collection of photo’s showcasing players and their family; and in a special surprise for west central, #63 Logan Ferland followed up Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo in the opening queue with the Ferland family jokingly dressed up as the milk and cookies duo that has become Ferland and centre Dan Clark.
(Ferland family during the season opening game)
Logan’s brother Ryan was the only one in attendance from the photo to witness the moment with genuine surprise, while not to long after, the Roughriders lineman managed to surprise the entire crowd with one call-out from the PA announcer.
“4 YARD RECEPTION BY #63, LOGAN FERLAND…”
(Video via Ryan Ferland)
As you can see there in the official CFL.ca box score, Roughriders ‘receiver’ Logan Ferland now has a 4.0 yard average for his career. It’s a far cry from his partner in crime Dan Clark’s touchdown scoring exploits before becoming a mainstay for the team at centre, but the catch will certainly go down as an excellent one in the memory books for Ferland’s rookie season.
The play was one in a very slow first half that ended 9-3 for Saskatchewan, but the second half was electric as the Riders scored 14 points and let the defense feast against Ottawa quarterback Matt Nichols and coast to the victory.
Ferland noted that near the end of the game the stadium was the loudest it had been all season since the opener. Perhaps the excitement was the reason why Riders quarterback Cody Fajardo felt the need to run the ball himself in the dying minutes of Saturdays two possession game.
Or maybe, it was because Fajardo was racing to get a post-game corn dog on the exhibition grounds with his QB room.
If Saturday was loud, the Rider’s lineman has another thing coming. Ferland will get his first taste of the Labour Day Classic when the Blue Bombers come to town after the current bye week, followed by a trip to Investors Group Field in Winnipeg one week later for his first Banjo Bowl.
This weeks bye will provide a nice break for the Roughriders as they enter it the only undefeated team in the CFL. Week 6 against Winnipeg will be the team’s first road match-up, as they enter the back-half of their so far exciting 2021 CFL season.
For the second week in a row, the Saskatchewan Roughriders defence collected six sacks and held the line, allowing the Green & White to pick up a 23-10 win over the Ottawa Redblacks. The win is the third in a row to start the 2021 campaign for the Riders.
Cody Fajardo led the offence with 321 yards passing and going 30-for-35 from the backfield. His favourite receiver of the day would be Kyran Moore, who was targeted 11 times and made nine receptions for 48 yards. While Fajardo didn’t throw for any touchdowns, he did run in from two yards out for a major.
Special teams would prove to be a key part of the game, as it usually is. Brett Lauther would go 5-for-5 on field goals, his longest 44 yards.
In addition to sacking Matt Nichols six times, the Riders' defence limited the Ottawa pivot to just 176 yards through the air and no touchdowns. Ed Gainey would also pick off a Nichols pass.
The Riders are now entering a bye week, before the team gets ready for the Labour Day Classic against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on September 5th.