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Riders Come Up Short Against Bombers in West Final

On Sunday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders lost to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21-17. This was a rematch of the West Final from 2019, but the Roughriders were unable to get their revenge. 

Considering how close Saskatchewan was to advancing, the loss felt a little bit tougher given Winnipeg’s dominance throughout the season. Zach Collaros threw 3 interceptions, giving the Roughriders numerous chances to capitalize. Ironically, the team beat Calgary the week before after Cody Fajardo had even more turnovers (4).

Despite a challenging afternoon, there were still a few bright spots for Saskatchewan. Duke Williams caught 4 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, averaging an eye-popping 27 yards per reception. Additionally, all three of Collaros’ picks went to different players (Ed Gainey, Nigel Harris, and Nick Marshall), giving each of them a moment to shine. 

With the good, there is always some bad, however. Roughriders running back William Powell had just 32 yards on 11 carries, averaging a measly 2.9 yards per touch. The defense only recorded a single sack as well, while the Blue Bombers ended up with five. 

On the topic of Winnipeg, they pulled off a victory with a below-average performance (at least from their standards). The brightest spot on their team was running back Andrew Harris, who torched the Saskatchewan defense en route to 136 yards and a touchdown on the ground. 

The Roughriders season has now come to an end, and although they didn’t finish it with the result they wanted, things are still trending upward. Most of the players appeared to be in good spirits, especially Fajardo. Saskatchewan will now prepare for their 2022 campaign, while the Blue Bombers are traveling to Hamilton for the 108th Grey Cup. 

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Evan Willsmore Reporter
17 y/o writer for CFL/XFL News Hub, SB Nation (Battle Red Blog), and Bucs Report. Fan of all things football.
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  1. David Tress

    December 7, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Fagardo overthrew a wide open Duke Williams and that was the difference in the ball game. With all the turnovers going their way, the Riders needed to make a play.

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