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The Riders rolled to a 41-20 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday.

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It was a contented Canada Day weekend for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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The Riders exploded for 30 second-half factors en path to a 41-20 victory over the visiting Montreal Alouettes on Saturday. The Riders’ document improved to 3-1. The Alouettes fell to 1-3.

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Anthony Lanier II (91) knocks the ball loose from Montreal Alouettes quarterback Trevor Harris (7) during first half CFL action at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday.
Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Anthony Lanier II (91) knocks the ball free from Montreal Alouettes quarterback Trevor Harris (7) throughout first half CFL motion at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday. Photograph by TROY FLEECE /Regina Chief-Put up

“We thought it was essential to have a superb exhibiting (on Canada Day weekend),” Melfort-born Riders left guard Logan Ferland mentioned. “It’s vital for me and for the CFL recreation to see the younger guys enjoying on the market. It offers them hope that they’ll play soccer and that there are spots for Canadians sooner or later too.”

The outcome made up for the Riders’ 37-13 loss to the Alouettes on June 23. The Riders headed into that recreation on simply 5 days relaxation after beating the Edmonton Elks 26-16 on June 18. The Inexperienced and White had just one official day of follow earlier than heading to Montreal.

Each groups had 9 days off earlier than Saturday’s rematch at Mosaic Stadium.

“Having a full week of follow and letting guys’ our bodies heal undoubtedly performs an element throughout the season,” mentioned defensive finish Pete Robertson. “It’s a protracted season for all groups … having a superb week of follow with the blokes is essential.”

The Riders, who had six sacks and returned considered one of their two interceptions for a landing, handled the spectators to a defensive gem. Anthony Lanier II had three sacks, Robertson had two and A.C. Leonard had one.

The Riders’ defence additionally compelled 5 turnovers. Nick Marshall and Derrick Moncrief every had an interception. Amari Henderson and Robertson recovered a fumble and the Alouettes additionally turned the ball over on downs.

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“We simply need to belief within the course of that each canine goes to have his day,” Lanier mentioned. “Now you’ve received a group filled with canines so it’s simply which canine goes to have it.”

Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Jamal Morrow (25) stiff arms Montreal Alouettes defensive back Wesley Sutton (37) during second half CFL football on Saturday.
Saskatchewan Roughriders working again Jamal Morrow (25) stiff arms Montreal Alouettes defensive again Wesley Sutton (37) throughout second half CFL soccer on Saturday. Photograph by Heywood Yu /The Canadian Press

Jamal Morrow was the highest canine among the many Riders’ working backs. Morrow had 16 carries for 103 yards and a landing on Saturday, in comparison with 4 carries for 14 yards within the loss to the Alouettes.

It was the second time that Morrow has surpassed 100 dashing yards this season. He had 17 carries for 126 yards and a landing within the Riders’ 30-13 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on June 11.

“We performed with power and coronary heart and that’s all there was,” Morrow mentioned. “We simply needed to execute on the performs that we all know we are able to capitalize on.”

Kian Schaffer-Baker led all receivers with seven catches for 90 yards and a landing.

Riders quarterback Cody Fajardo accomplished 18 of 29 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

The Riders bounced again from a 13-11 first-half deficit with a 21-point third-quarter burst that gave them a 32-13 lead. Saskatchewan added 9 factors within the fourth quarter.

The Alouettes opened a 10-7 first-quarter lead thanks largely to an 84-yard kickoff return by Chandler Worthy. It was the second consecutive recreation wherein Worthy returned a kickoff for a landing towards the Riders. He returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a landing the groups’ earlier assembly.

Worthy’s newest landing return got here 15 seconds after Saskatchewan’s Mitchell Picton caught an eight-yard landing cross from Fajardo. Brett Lauther transformed the landing and the Riders held a short-lived 7-3 lead.

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Montreal’s David Cote opened the scoring on an 18-yard subject purpose at 9:29 of the primary quarter.

Within the second quarter, Lauther was extensive left on a 48-yard field-goal try. The Riders settled for a single and trailed the Alouettes 10-8 at 2:33 of the second quarter.

Cote linked on a 38-yard subject purpose, staking the Alouettes to 13-8 lead at 10:21 of the second quarter.

Lauther then tied a career-long with a 57-yard subject purpose at 13:50 of the second quarter. The Riders went into the halftime break trailing 13-11.

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive back Nick Marshall runs back a interception for a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday.
Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive again Nick Marshall runs again a interception for a landing towards the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday. Photograph by TROY FLEECE /Regina Chief-Put up

Scoring third-quarter touchdowns for the Riders have been Morrow (12-yard run), Fajardo (one-yard sneak) and Schaffer-Baker (44-yard reception).

Morrow additionally scored on a two-point convert. Lauther transformed the Schaffer-Baker landing because the Riders led 32-13 on the finish of the third quarter.

Montreal’s Walter Fletcher scored on a three-yard run. The Alouettes trailed 32-20 after Cote’s convert.

Kaare Vedvik booted a 47-yard single to extend the Riders’ result in 33-20 at 9:00 of the fourth quarter.

Cornerback Nick Marshall iced the Riders’ win when he returned an interception 90 yards for a landing at 10:56 of the fourth quarter. Morrow scored on the two-point convert, staking the Riders to a 41-20 lead.

The Riders’ subsequent recreation is Friday when the Ottawa Redblacks are at Mosaic Stadium.

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