Winnipeg Rifles 24 Regina Thunder 29
It was a great battle between the Winnipeg Rifles and hosts Regina Thunder Saturday evening at Mosaic Field, but unfortunately the Rifles weren't able to come on top and came just one touchdown away from victory. The Thunder came out on top winning 29-24 over the Rifles bringing their record to 4-1 and the Rifles to 3-2 in the CJFL.
The Thunder scored with 34 seconds left to take the lead for good on a penalty aided drive. The Thunder were the beneficiaries of two very questionable calls with 55 seconds left when the Rifles were assessed a roughing the passer and pass interference call on the same play amounting to 30 yards in penalties on one play, putting the ball on the Rifles 10 yard line. The Thunder managed to score a TD with 34 seconds left. The Rifles then had a nice kickoff return to near midfield. Jon Remple completed a nice 20 yard pass to Xander Tachinski and the Rifles looked poised to make their own come back. Unfortunaly Remple’s next pass attempt to Kai Madsen was intercepted with 20 seconds left on the Thunder 20 and the Rifles came up short.
The team battled all night long, they came back from an early 10-0 deficit a 17-10 deficit and a 23-18 deficit to take leads but they just couldn’t close it out. The Rifles had big issues turning the ball over throwing 5 interceptions and having a punt blocked. The Rifles defence played well all night as they were put in difficult situations throughout the game.
The Rifles are on the road again next Sunday in Saskatoon vs the Hilltops at 2:00 PM CST. If the boys can clean up their mistakes they can beat anyone in the country. These Rifles are the real deal, a resilient bunch that is learning how to battle and win!
On September 9th, members of the Rifles Football team - Ronan Sheikh, Patrick Bisonette, Stephan Hart and Brandon Urciuoli, stepped up to help with the Canadian Cancer Society Dragon Boat races . The guys gave much needed muscle to move and load equipment after the races ended. Way to go guys!
Sunday September 24th Winnipeg Rifles @ Saskatoon Hilltops (2 PM CST)
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WINNIPEG RIFLES 24
REGINA THUNDER 29