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Saskatchewan Roughriders Win Pre-Season Opener Against Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders emerged victorious in their first CFL pre-season game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, setting a positive tone for Coach Corey Mace’s debut in Regina. The Roughriders saw key starters, including quarterback Trevor Harris, in action but also utilized various backups during the game.

Harris, making his return following a significant injury, displayed efficiency with 123 passing yards, including a notable 65-yard completion to wide receiver Shawn Bane Jr. The first quarter ended with the Bombers in a 3-0 lead.

In the subsequent quarters, the Roughriders’ defense showcased its prowess, with sacks from players such as Rodney Clemons, Diontae Williams, and Tre Crawford. The offensive efforts led to a touchdown by Frankie Hickson, supported by field goals from kicker Brett Lauther.

The game also provided opportunities for players like Zakoby McClain and Diego Fagot to make impactful plays, including interceptions that contributed to the Roughriders’ momentum. The third and fourth quarters saw the Roughriders extending their lead with well-executed offensive and defensive plays.

With a final score of 25-12 in favor of the Roughriders, the team’s performance in this pre-season game sets a positive outlook for their upcoming matches. The victory, although not reflected in official standings, marks a promising start under Coach Mace’s leadership, signaling a renewed energy within the team.

Rachel Adams

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