Saskatchewan Roughriders’ receiver Brayden Lenius doesn’t want his team to linger on a disappointing loss to the Edmonton Elks.
“We’re a tight-knit crew, everybody loves each other. A loss is a loss. I don’t wanna cuss but eff it, man, we’ve just gotta move on. It’s as simple as that. We’ve got a good group of brothers that are gonna ride together to the end and we’re going to fight. This loss doesn’t really put on us what we are, we have so much more that we can prove and we’re gonna do,” Lenius told the media post-game in Regina.
The Riders entered Saturday’s contest as seven-point favourites for their annual ‘Lights Out’ game at Mosaic Stadium. It also marked the first time Chris Jones returned to Regina since departing as the team’s head coach and general manager to take a job with the Cleveland Browns in January 2019.
Saskatchewan’s offence managed just two first downs in the second half until the midway point of the fourth quarter, drawing boos from the hometown crowd. Brett Lauther kicked a 35-yard field goal to make it 23-17 before an impressive late drive ended with a seven-yard touchdown catch by Lenius to make the score 24-23 with 1:08 remaining in the game.
Taylor Cornelius threw three completions to Derel Walker on Edmonton’s ensuing drive, getting his team into field goal range in just under 40 seconds. Sergio Castillo connected on his 47-yard attempt with only 24 seconds to make it 26-24 for what ended up being the game’s final score.
Lenius believes the best way to deal with the loss is to spend a day discussing the game and reviewing the film before simply moving on.
“We’ve got a 24-hour clock in this locker room. It’s 24 hours, you can look at it, you can deal with it but after that it’s done, it’s over, there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s in the record books for history, so it’s a reset. It’s a new week and it’s a new day and the sun’s gonna rise, so we’ve got great opportunities in front of us and we’re going to make the most of those,” said the former second-round pick.
The Riders are now 6-8 on the season having lost seven of their last nine games. They currently sit fourth in the West Division and though it appears likely they will be the crossover team, they have yet to officially punch their ticket to the postseason.
“We’ve gotta play all together and communicate,” said Lenius. “We have to just continue to fight together. Nobody can point fingers at each other. We just have to be a band of brothers and really play with each other and I think that’s how you’re going to be successful.”