In a season ravaged by injuries, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have proved to be resilient, showing they have great depth as they won once again Sunday, upping their record to a perfect 5-0, the first time they have done this since the '30s!
With players such as DJ Flick (done for season), John Chick (4-6 weeks), Marcus Adams (unknown), Marcus Crandell (day-to-day?), Weston Dressler (day-to-day), and Wayne Smith (unknown) out with injuries, many bench players have stepped it up to make this season a good one.
Unfortunately for the Riders, the injuries did not stop coming in this game against the Toronto Argonauts. Very talented wide receiver Andy Fantuz was wheeled off in a cart and is likely gone for a long time with a broken leg while Darian Durant is out nine weeks with cracked ribs.
Fortunately for the Riders, the bench players continued to make their presence felt Sunday and they won another game, 28-22 over the Argonauts. Steven Jyles also became the third quarterback to lead the Riders to victory this season.
The first quarter started off slow for both teams, and the Argos would take a 5-0 lead heading into the second quarter on a punt single and 38-yard field goal by kicker Mike Vanderjagt.
Also of note is that Darian Durant took a hard hit early in the game and he only returned for one play before leaving the game for good. It was revealed after the game that Durant cracked three ribs and he will be out for nine weeks.
It did not look good for the Riders as Steven Jyles was the only guy left to lead the attack and his only drive in the first quarter was a two-and-out.
The second quarter ended up being delayed by 45 minutes or so, but both offenses started to turn it up when the game was finally started again.
The Argos started it off with former Rider Kerry Joseph running it in from the 13-yard line for the first major of the game, 11-0 Argos.
Jyles was able to respond though—he lead a 65-yard touchdown drive, putting the final touches on the drive with a great 30-yard pass to Andy Fantuz.
The excitement was short lived, though, as Jyles would throw his third interception of the season, resulting in a 19-yard TD pass from Kerry Joseph to Arlen Bruce to make it 18-7 Argos.
Luca Congi managed to kick a 46-yard field goal at the end of the quarter to make it 18-10 Argos at the half.
The Riders opened the second half going two-and-out with Jyles, but a punt fumble by Toronto’s Dominique Dorsey set Saskatchewan up at the Argo 26-yard line.
Wes Cates ended the drive with a one-yard plunge, getting his seventh touchdown of the season. Luca Congi's extra point put the Riders within one.
The Argos only point in the quarter came on a 68-yard punt single. Saskatchewan would take advantage, taking their first lead of the game on a 32-yard field goal by Luca Congi. This made Congi a perfect 13-for-13 on the season.
The fourth quarter scoring would begin with the Argos re-taking the lead on a 41-yard field goal from Mike Vanderjagt. This made it 22-20 Argos and put the Riders in a critical situation.
The next drive brought both good and bad news for the Riders. Unfortunately, young superstar Andy Fantuz appeared to break his leg on a 19-yard reception. However, the Riders did manage to regain the lead with Wes Cates scoring his second TD of the game on a one-yard run.
Jamie Boreham would kick a single at the end of the game and the Argos last-minute drive proved futile as it only reached the Riders' 47-yard line. Saskatchewan won 28-22, and remains undefeated at 5-0!