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CFL Preseason Score: Saskatchewan Roughriders Outpace BC Lions 30-27 in Hard-Fought Clash

The Saskatchewan Roughriders edged the BC Lions 30-27 in a tightly contested CFL preseason match. Saskatchewan’s comeback victory in the fourth quarter was the highlight of a thrilling battle, showing fans what to expect in the upcoming season.

BC Lions’ Performance

The BC Lions showed their claws in this preseason game, with notable performances on both the offensive and defensive fronts.

On offense, Dane Evans was the standout performer. He completed 81% of his passes (13/16) for a total of 162 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions. Evans also contributed on the ground, carrying the ball three times for three yards and a score. Ayden Eberhardt proved a valuable target for Evans, with six receptions on eight targets for 104 yards.

Despite this solid performance, the Lions’ ground game was lacking. Leading rusher Antonio Williams managed 23 yards on six carries for an average of 3.8 yards per carry. Taquan Mizzell carried the ball six times for 16 yards, with his longest run being 11 yards.

Defensively, the Lions will need to tighten up to prevent giving up big plays. They allowed the Roughriders to score two touchdowns through the air and one on the ground.

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Performance

The Saskatchewan Roughriders came from behind to secure the victory, demonstrating resilience and depth in their squad.

Offensively, the Roughriders benefited from an effective passing attack. Manson Fine completed 80% of his passes (8/10) for a total of 110 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Shea Patterson also showed promise, completing 10 of 14 passes for 77 yards and one touchdown. Keith Corbin was a star receiver, pulling in six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.

The rushing attack was shared between several players. Rodney Smith led the team with 27 yards on seven carries. Javian Hawkins also impressed, gaining 25 yards on four carries, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.

Defensively, the Roughriders showed some areas of weakness, allowing two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. However, they managed to limit the Lions’ running game to under 50 yards, indicating a strong defensive line.

Both teams showed potential in this preseason game, and the upcoming CFL season promises to be an exciting one if this matchup is any indication. The Lions and Roughriders will both look to build on their performances as they continue their preparations for the regular season.

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  1. David Tress

    May 29, 2023 at 11:51 am

    Fine’s Pick-six could have cost him the back-up position if he hadn’t come back so strong. Patterson looked okay. At least the Roughrider’s won a pre-season game, long time coming.

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