Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Riders Look for Rare Win against West Opposition When Lions Visit Regina

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Riders Look for Rare Win against West Opposition When Lions Visit Regina

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Riders say they need to be better against West


REGINA - The 2017 Saskatchewan Roughrigers are better than last year's underperforming squad so far, but just barely.

One-third of the way through this season, the Roughriders (2-4) have just one more win than they did at this time last year as they prepare to try and even a home-and-home series with the visiting B.C. Lions on Sunday.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn, who wasn't part of last year's squad that had a dismal 1-5 record at this point, said inconsistency is his team's biggest stumbling block.

"Roller coaster -- up, down; up, down; up, down. Plain and simple, it's a roller coaster," Glenn said.

The Roughriders have yet to win a 2017 game against a West Division opponent, a crucial must if the team has any hope of making the playoffs.

Their latest loss was a 30-15 defeat to the Lions (5-2) in Vancouver last Saturday. It was second time this year that Saskatchewan beat an East Division team (a 38-27 win over Toronto on July 29) only to squander its momentum with a loss to a West opponent in the following game.

"We've got to stop it," Glenn said of the inconsistency. "I mean, it's frustrating, because we want to try to make sure that we put wins together, especially when we're playing West teams. So that's something that we need to focus on and we need to get better at, plain and simple."

On the offensive side of the ball, he said all 12 players need to be in sync on every play.

"Sometimes we have 11 guys doing the right thing, and the twelfth guy doing something different; it's not necessarily the wrong thing, but it's something different and then we slip up and we get an accident or a negative play," he said.

Running back Cameron Marshall agreed, saying everyone on offence must "play on the same page."

Glenn completed 19 of 27 pass attempts for 186 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's loss. He was pulled and replaced by backup Brandon Bridge at 10:54 in the fourth quarter. The Riders' 15 points were scored with Bridge under centre. …

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