Missed field goal costs Riders in opening night loss.
“When you take 21-penalties, and you have three turnovers, it’s tough to beat anybody”
Riders Head Coach and GM Chris Jones post game analysis of Thursday’s 17-16 loss in Montreal also included some thoughts on the potential game-winning 45-yard field goal attempt missed by Tyler Crapigna on the last play of the game.
“Tyler’s a good kicker, you know, he’s an 85-something-percent kicker in his career, certainly we felt like we got him in a decent range to kick the ball through.”
Quarterback Kevin Glenn engineered a drive that featured three successful third down gambles including a final running play to put the ball between the goal posts.
Glenn who finished the night 31-for-44 through the air with a touchdown and an interception, said given the penalties and turnovers, losing on the final play made for mixed feelings.
“It is tough to bounce back from that but we only lost by one (point) on a late field goal,” said Glenn who felt battling to the end despite the mistakes and missed opportunities was something positive to build on.
“That says a lot, I mean it still says we’ve got some things to improve on but at the same time, we still only lost by one.”
Montreal quarterback and former Rider Darian Durant anxiously watched Crapinga’s kick sale wide right remembering the way his tenure in Regina came to an acrimonious end.
“The way it ended wasn’t right and you know, football gods always come through at the end. Those were the football gods who pushed that ball right because they know that, you know, what happened wasn’t supposed to happen that way.”
Durant put together a solid 20-for-31 performance through the air with two touchdowns.
Rider receiver Nic Demski caught seven passes for 87 yards while replacing fellow Canadian pass catcher Rob Bagg. Bakari Grant’s touchdown pass was allowed to stand even though video review showed he bobbled the ball just shy of the goal line.
Brandon Bridge came in at quarterback during a key moment with the Riders near the Montreal end zone. They had to settle for a field goal after running a wildcat play, followed by Bridge overthrowing an open receiver.