CFL Game Summary - Saskatchewan at Hamilton
(Friday, June 29th)
Final Score: Saskatchewan 43, Hamilton 16
Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - Weston Dressler caught 13 passes for 180 yards
and three touchdowns as he sparked the Saskatchewan Roughriders to an
overwhelming 43-16 victory against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to kick off the 2012
CFL campaign at Ivor Wynn Stadium.
Saskatchewan (1-0) quarterback Darian Durant, who registered a total of just 18
passing scores a year ago, finished the contest 25-of-34 for 390 yards and four
TD strikes for the Roughriders as they provided new head coach Corey Chamblin
his first victory.
"It was all about playing fast," Chamblin said of his team's efforts. "They
just kept playing fast all night and we were successful. I was proud of our
guys. I told them it wasn't just one guy, it was everyone tonight."
The Tiger-Cats (0-1) were paced by running back Chevon Walker who gained 133
yards and scored once on seven attempts, one of those carries being an 89-yard
gallop into the end zone. Quarterback Henry Burris, formerly of the Calgary
Stampeders, converted 28-of-39 for 284 yards but failed to tally a major for
the hosts in his first game with his new club.
"Rome wasn't built in a day," was how Burris referenced his team's first
outing. "We didn't finish our drives and when the other team scores we gotta
come back and put points up."
Receiver Chris Williams logged a career-best nine receptions for 109 yards in
the losing effort as well.
The first points of the 2012 CFL slate came courtesy of Dressler who slipped
out into the right flat and reeled in a short screen from Durant, then turning
up field to complete the eight-yard major.
"Our coaches did a great job of putting the game plan together," Dressler
commented after his big night. "Everybody played well...Darian got the offense
going and it just kept going. He found holes and he kept moving the team down
On the ensuing drive by the Tiger-Cats, Burris hooked up with Williams three
times, but the hosts had to settle for a 41-yard field goal by Luca Congi to
cut the deficit to 7-3.
With 10:15 remaining in the second frame Congi again finished off another
stalled drive by Hamilton, knocking through a 23-yard field goal to make the
Saskatchewan responded immediately, thanks in part to a questionable reception
by Dressler that turned into a 52-yard gain. Two plays later Durant floated a
ball into the waiting hands of Chris Getzlaf for a 25-yard major.
The 'Cats wasted little time in their response as Walker took the first snap
from scrimmage and raced 89 yards down the left side to the end zone, making
the score 14-13 in favor of the visitors.
Hamilton appeared to have taken the lead on a lengthy TD strike from Burris to
Williams, but the play was called back due to a blocking penalty. Instead of
punting the ball away, Josh Bartel conceded in the end zone, adding two points
to Saskatchewan's advantage which stood at 16-13 at the break.
The Roughriders extended their lead to double-digits to open the third quarter
as Durant connected with Dressler on a 22-yard scoring strike, pushing the
score to 23-13 moments into the second half.
The teams traded field goals later in the period as Congi converted a 37-yard
effort and Chris Milo booted a 48-yard kick for the Riders to make the score
With time running down in the third, Durant and Dressler locked up yet again
for the Roughriders, the pair delivering on a five-yard TD strike to boost the
score to 33-16 heading into the final period.
Saskatchewan appeared poised to march in for yet another touchdown as Dressler
continued to make spectacular plays, but after one lengthy gain that pushed the
ball deep into enemy territory, the Roughriders were hit with an
unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on lineman Chris Patrick. Not only was Patrick
ejected, the Riders were pushed back 25 yards and had to settle for a 41-yard
field goal by Milo.
The Roughriders continued to pile on late in the contest as Kory Sheets broke
to the outside and found the end zone on a 14-yard scamper with less than two
minutes remaining to make the score 43-16.
"There's just no excuses, we did not do a good job," acknowledged Hamilton
linebacker Renauld Williams. "We gave them (the Roughriders) a lot of open
space and they moved the ball."
Last season Dressler had his best game in the opener, delivering seven catches
for 109 yards...Congi, who missed all of last season, spent the first six
years of his career with Saskatchewan before signing with Hamilton as a free
agent in March...Fantuz was a member of the Roughriders for the first six
years of his career, although he played just four games a year ago...Burris
moved into sixth place on the all-time passing yardage list in the CFL,
surpassing Doug Flutie who threw for 41,355 yards in his career...The Riders
entered the meeting having won 14 of the last 16 regular-season matchups with
06/29 22:51:51 ET
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