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CFL Week 1

Posted by Mac App on July 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Saskatchewan 43 vs. Hamilton 16

The Tiger Cats came into the season with much hype due to the acquisitions of QB Henry Burris (284 yards 1 INT), receiver Andy Fantuz (5 rec. 49 yards) and new Head Coach George Cortez. However, the Roughriders, who were coming off a disatrous 2011 -- 5-13 -- squashed the hype as they punished Hamilton in the second half for the big road win. QB Darian Durant (390 yards 4 TDs 33 rushing yards) had a great opening game after having a poor season last year. He found receiver's Weston Dressler (13 rec. 180 yards 3 TDs) and Chris Getzlaf (3 rec. 96 yards 1 TD) early and often, leading the offence to a big day. RB Kory Sheets (12-80 yards 1 TD - 43 receiving yards) had a solid debut for the Roughriders. Receiver Chris Williams (9 rec 109 yards) and RB Chevon Walker (7-132 yards 1 TD) were the lone bright spots for the Tiger Cats offence. Walker had an impressive 89 yard TD run which brought the game to 14-13 Saskatchewan but that was as close as Hamilton would get. The Roughriders defence forced an interception as well recorded 3 sacks and a safety.

Winnipeg 16 vs. B.C. 33

A rematch of last years Grey Cup saw the Lions defend their home field as well as making history. Receiver Geroy Simon (5 rec 105 yards) needed just 67 yards to pass former Blue Bomber Milt Stegal's CFL record for career receiving yards -- 15,153. The Winnipeg defence were keen on not allowing Simon to reach the record and kept up, but late in the second half Simon got behind the defence and set the record -- 15,192. QB Travis Lulay (233 yards 1 TD 1 INT - 44 rushing yards 2 TDs) did most of his work with his legs teaming up with RB Andrew Harris (8-47 yards - 7 rec. 69 receicing yards) to move the ball. The Lions defence had 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble and an interception. Paul McCallum (4/4 FG - 3/3 XP) went perfect on his field goal attempts and extra points after coming off the best kicking season in CFL history. The Blue Bombers received a scare when QB Buck Pierce (11 yards) was forced to leave the game with a knee injury and was replaced by back-up Alex Brink (121 yards 2 TDs 1 INT). Receiver Terrence Edwards (6 rec 41 yards 1 TD) caught a touchdown pass to make the score 13-10 B.C. on a play where the left tackle went uncalled for a false start. After that, it was not until late in the game when Chris Matthews (5 rec 48 yards 1 TD) caught a touchdown to make the game 33-16.

Toronto 15 vs. Edmonton 19

The schedule maker did well on this opening week match-up. In the offseason the Eskimos traded franchise QB Ricky Ray (298 yards 1 TD) to Toronto for QB Steven Jyles (236 yards) signaling a rebuild. However it were the Eskimos who won the first match holding on in the end. Ray was efficient but the offence could not get rolling. Receiver Chad Owens (6 rec 100 yards - 216 return yards) showed off his all-purpose play and chemistry with Ray, but could not push the Argos over the top. Receiver Andre Durie (4 rec 76 yards) also had a good individual game for Toronto. Jyles didn't outplay his counterpart but did enough to hold on for the win. Adarius Bowman (5 rec. 110 yards) had a strong game. RB Hugh Charles (12-43 yards 1 TD) pounded his way along the ground and gave the offence a boost. A deciding factor was K Grant Shaw (4/4 FG 1/1 XP) was perfect on his kicks for Edmonton, while Noel Prefontaine (2/4 FG 1/1 XP) was not. The Eskimos also had 3 sacks and a forced fumble while Toronto shot themselve in the foot by committing 18 penalties for 118 yards.

Montreal 10 vs. Calgary 38

Not many expected a blowout on Canada Day, especially with Calgary winning big. QB Anthony Calvillo (174 yards 1 TD 2 INTs) had one of his poorest games of his illustrious career for the Alouettes. Receiver Jamal Richardson (5 rec. 78 yards) had a costly fumble which allowed for Calgary to score 18 first quarter points. QB Drew Tate (299 yards 1 TD 2 INTs) had an up and down game but RB Jon Cornish (18-86 yards 2 TDs - 28 receving yards) carried the load on offence on his country's birthday. Receiver Nik Lewis (12 rec. 105 yards 1 TD) put on extra weight after a career year last season, but it doesn't seem it will slow him down as he had a great game. Stamps DB Keenan MacDougall scooped up Richardson's fumble and returned it 63 yards for the touchdown which blew open the game. In the second half Calgary killed the clock while Montreal continued to be inept on offence.

Our first week of the CFL Season 1 is in the books!

GMalm18 leads after one week thanks to having Travis Lulay, Jon Cornish and Weston Dressler. Mac D is second thanks to Calgary's defence, Lulay and Dressler. JDIN827 rounded out the top-3 for the week after having Darian Durant, Chad Owens and both her kickers doing well.

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Reply the immortal scurds
7:27 PM on July 2, 2012 
shocked by saskewan. but i guess i shouldnt be. regina loves their football. dont get cocky folks. i am going to win this.
Reply Mac D
9:44 PM on July 2, 2012 
I was surprised by the Riders too. Fell for the hype. Didn't think Montreal would lay an egg like that either.
Reply Galfur
10:02 PM on July 2, 2012 
Looks like I'm within 23 points of bragging rights. Stay tuned.
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
8:18 PM on July 3, 2012 

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