The B.C Lions defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the second time this season on Friday night, dropping the Riders’ record to 5-5 heading into Week 12.
“We needed to win that game and I’m disappointed we didn’t,” said head coach Craig Dickenson. “I really felt like we had a good week of practice. We had a good plan, I felt like in all three phases, and it was a special week with the Plaza of Honour and we had Ken Miller here.”
28-10 was the final, with the Riders scoring all of their 10 points in the second quarter. Kicker Brett Lauther put the Riders on the board with a 12-yard field goal and Mason Fine found Justin McInnis in the endzone for the team’s only touchdown of the game; Lauther’s 32-yard convert kick put the team at 10 points.
Fine was put in at quarterback after Cody Fajardo was pulled before halftime. The 25-year-old American, who has been with the Riders since 2021, stayed in at QB for the rest of the game.
“The reality is if we can play good at the quarterback position, I think the offence flows in general, but it’s a combined shared effort,” explained Dickenson. “We’re still not playing good enough up front, our receivers are depleted, we don’t have explosiveness like we need in the receiving corps.”
Dickenson emphasized how the whole team needs to do better and the coaches need to put their players in positions where they can be successful, finding those playmakers.
The Riders currently sit fourth in the West Division standings. In Saskatchewan’s last five games, the team has accumulated the bulk of their losses, winning just once against the Edmonton Elks in Week 10.
“We’re a .500 team,” said Dickenson. “We are where we are right now. We’ve had some moments we look pretty good and we’ve had some moments we don’t look as good. So we’re worth .500.”
The Green and White have one more opportunity to redeem themselves against the Lions in the regular season, with the team heading to B.C. next week. Dickenson emphasized the need for the team to play with more confidence.
“We feel like we’ve got a good team in the locker room, we’ve just got to keep working and hopefully we swing our way out of a slump like they say in baseball.”