Rifles Fight Hard But Lose To Regina Thunder.
The Regina Thunder defeated the home team 58-6 in Canadian Junior Football League action at Investors Group Field Saturday, August 27.
Rifles' starting quarterback Jamie Ybarra attempted 22 passes, completing nine for a total of 179 yards. Ybarra hooked up with a number of receivers including Ian Lee, Kai Madsen, Brendan Naujoks and Michael Ritchott. Ritchott rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries while Jamie Ybarra carried seven times for 44 yards.
Defensive back Andrew Ricard had six tackles while middle linebacker Jesse DiFonte and defensive back Stefan Conway each had four.
In total, the Rifles had 18 first downs, 159 yards rushing and 179 yards passing. Net offence for the Rifles was 331 yards compared to 572 for Regina.
The Rifles head to Regina for the rematch next week at Mosaic Stadium. The team’s next home game will be September 24th when the Edmonton Huskies will be in town.
RIFLES WIN FIRST HOME GAME OF SEASON
Running Back Michael Ritchott has Breakout Game
In the first quarter it looked like whoever had the ball last would win the game, but then Michael Ritchott was allowed to run wild and the Winnipeg Rifles finished the game with a 42-28 win over the Edmonton Wildcats.
Running back Michael Ritchott had an incredible night carrying the ball 33 times and racking up 358 rushing yards. In total, the Rifles had 556 yards in net offence.
Leading receiver was number 85 Brendan Naujoks who caught three passes for 51 yards. Naujoks had the catch of the game for the Rifles —making an over-the-shoulder catch for a touchdown that would have made Blue Bomber receiver Clarence Denmark proud.
Scoring touchdowns for the Rifles were Michael Ritchott with two, Jamie Ybarra, Patrick Bissonnette and Brendan Naujoks
Because of Ritchott’s busy evening, quarterback Jamie Ybarra had a quiet night throwing 11 passes, completing five, for a total of 48 yards. Ybarra was intercepted twice. Backup Jonathan Remple was good on all three of his attempts for 68 yards.
For the second straight game defensive lineman Garrett Beardy had a strong game with five tackles. Linebacker Dallas Cook had four tackles. Defensive backs Stefan Conway and Andrew Ricard each had an interception.
The Rifles next game is next Saturday, August 27, 7pm, in Winnipeg at Investors Group Field against the Regina Thunder. Individual game day tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster online. Gates open at 6pm and fans are asked to enter through the Bomber store. Rifle fans are reminded if they can’t make the game, they can still catch all the action online at riflesfootball.com
In preparation for the opening game of the PFC schedule the Winnipeg Rifles held a scrimmage today. This competitive scrimmages saw the offence win the first 2 mini games with the defence winning the last mini game! Get your rifles season tickets to watch all of the rifles home game. To purchase your tickets you can go to Ticketmaster and purchase them at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/2016-winnipeg-rifles-season-ticket-winnipeg-manitoba/event/1100509BCB098E6B?artistid=1037578&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=8&tm_link=artist_msg-0_1100509BCB098E6B If you would like to get your season tickets and pay for them by Cash, Cheque, Debit or Visa/MC you can contact Laurie Hoel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Player Signing Day for the Winnipeg Rifles
Congratulations to all the new players who have signed to play for the 2016 Winnipeg Rifles
Tim Horton franchise manager Greg Veosovich is camping out the week of May 25 to June 1 on the roof of his restaurant to raise money to send kids to camp through the Tim Horton's Foundation.
On May 29 he was assisted by members of the Winnipeg Rifles as well as the Blue Bomber's Buzz and Boomer in promoting the fundraiser. Money collected is used to help kids that otherwise would not enjoy the experience of going to summer camp. Last year Greg raised over $5,000.
Let's hope Greg surpasses that amount this year.
Rifles players referee sponge hockey game
On Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Norwood Community Centre, more than 160 players, volunteers, and spectators participated in “Between the Pipes - a sponge hockey tournament in support of the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation. Nine Winnipeg Rifles players gave up their time to keep score, referee and generally support the event. The tournament made $9,000 for the foundation.
Volunteering their time were Tim Dimiduk, Nigel Hoydang, Efeanyina Stewart, Michael Ritchot, Michael Hart, Noah Wilson, Colin Simon, Dirk Chartrand and Noah Wilson
Project Echo is a Winnipeg based charity with the goal of improving our community by helping those people who can’t help themselves. It is a way for Winnipeggers to collectively give of their time, money or efforts to achieve a better quality of life for our community. Giving is a powerful act. It enriches not only the recipient, but the giver as well. Like drops in a pond or echoes in the air, the giving is magnified and expands exponentially. Project Echo is where the giving starts. We have several ongoing and seasonal projects through which the giving flows. We encourage you to help in any way you can and let your echo begin.
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