Roughriders struggle in 42-10 loss to B.C.

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June 16, 2017 - 11:56pm Updated: June 17, 2017 - 12:58am
The Roughriders struggled in their second preseason game of the 2017 season.
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The Roughriders struggled in their second preseason game of the 2017 season.

More than 70 players gave their final audition to the Chris Jones and Roughriders football operations staff and at times it was hard to watch.

The Roughriders were sloppy in nearly every facet of the game Friday night, managing just one touchdown and one field goal against B.C. 

The final score was 42-10 for the Lions. 

Penalties and turnovers marred the second preseason game which made it difficult for the offence to find a groove with any of the team's four quarterbacks. 

In the end, the Riders coughed up five turnovers - three fumbles and two interceptions - and 17 penalties totaling nearly 150 yards. 

“It was unfortunate because it was tough for our quarterbacks to play behind the eight-ball all night,” Jones said after the game. “Brandon (Bridge) stayed behind all night because of the holding calls (which) all made it a little hard to evaluate.”

About a half dozen of those penalties were called on the offensive line, making it nearly impossible for the quarterbacks to push forward on the field. 

The Riders best march down the field came courtesy of Kevin Glenn near the end of the first quarter. 

Glenn completed back-to-back passes to Naaman Roosevelt for his first first down of the game before Duron Carter pulled off a magical 41-yard pass under double coverage to put the team on B.C.'s 13-yard line. 

The drive would end with a field goal, however, after the Riders were unable to convert. 

It would be the only points the Riders would get in the first half. 

Glenn ended his preseason debut going 5 for 7 for 81 yards. 

Not a great stat line for the CFL veteran, but Chris Jones said he’s shown enough to have earned the starting job.

“Based off of what we’ve seen through camp and knowing what Kevin has done through the history of his career, I mean, yeah, he’ll be our starter,” he said.

B.C.'s offence, on the other hand, seemed to be in regular season form. Lions starter Jonathan Jennings tossed three touchdowns and hit nearly 200 yards passing in the first two quarters of the game. 

Travis Lulay also notched a touchdown in the third quarter and went four for six and 29 yards. The Lions' third-stringer Alex Ross was two for six for 24 yards. 

However, all three of them were also sacked a total of five times by the Riders defence.

In what may be the only high point of the Roughriders play on Friday, they were able to get immense pressure on the quarterback. Tobi Antigha, Davis Tull (twice), Zach Minter and D.J. Pettway all got their hands on one of B.C.'s play callers. 

Brandon Bridge struggled to make progress in his two quarters of play, in large part due to penalties and turnovers. 

It seemed whenever he'd make progress, it would be called back by a penalty, but despite none of the penalties being called on Bridge personally, he took responsibility for them.

“As a quarterback, you take full blame of the offensive movement of the football, so because we weren’t moving the football, I’m going to take full responsibility for everything that’s going on,” he said.  

In the end, he went just six for 12 for 32 yards and an interception. 

“I think (my performance) was below average. We couldn’t get a drive going, we had a lot of pre-snap penalties and whenever we had a first down we had some kind of penalty and we can’t win football games like that.”

Bryan Bennett made his first appearance in the fourth quarter and had back-to-back two and outs. He was headed for a third two and out when the Riders decided to gamble and he threw a perfect spiral pass to Josh Stanford in the end zone. It was the Riders' only touchdown in the game.

His final line was three for seven for 45 yards plus that touchdown.

Marquise Williams saw a small amount of time at the end of the fourth throwing a first down before sending an interception right into the arms of B.C.'s Loucheiz Purifoy. 

Williams showed some poise in his second series connecting with Ricky Collins Jr. twice including once for 48 yards, however, the Riders last drive of the game was ended when Desmond Reece fumbled the pass and B.C. recovered. 

The Lions ran the football once, then kneeled to end the game.

“We’re a better team than the score indicated,” Jones said. “We’re more physical, I think we’re faster so we can’t take penalties and turn the ball over.”

The Roughriders are expected to announce more than 20 cuts on Saturday night as they trim the roster down to 46 players plus a practice squad. Several players will also likely start the season on the six-game injured list. 

For the Riders that do make the team, it will be a quick turnaround. Their next game is Thursday in Montreal.

ODDS AND ENDZONES

  • The Riders run game was virtually non-existent Friday night with the four running backs combining for 15 rushing yards.
  • Ricky Collins was the Riders top receiver with two snags totaling 52 yards. Collins also impressed in the return game with a total of 108 yards on kickoffs and punts including one for 43 yards.
  • Tyler Crapigna went 1 for 2 on field goals, nailing a 12 yarder in the first and then hitting the upright from 44 yards out.
  • Davis Tull had a good game on defence notching five defensive tackles, two quarterback sacks and a forced fumble.