On Saturday night at Investors Group Field your Winnipeg Rifles defeated the Calgary Colts 42-25 to run their record to 3-1 heading into their bye week. The Rifles scored first with a 45 yard touchdown strike from Riley Naujoks to Griffen Schillingford. The Rifles thought they had another major when Xander Tachinski returned a punt for an 85 yard touchdown, only to have it called back by a questionable call.
The Colts fought back and tied the game up at the end of the 1st quarter, this was as close as they would get. Midway through the second quarter 5th year tailback Mike Richott went off, with a long touchdown run and a punt return touchdown. The score at the half was 21-10 Rifles. The Rifles came out quickly in the 3rd with 2 more touchdowns by Xander Tachinski and by Jon Remple. The Colts did not lie down, as they fought back to get to within 10 points, but the Rifles salted it away with a 3rd TD from Mike Richott in the 4th quarter.
Coach Geordie Wilson was happy with the win, “we are still making too many mental mistakes and we are taking too many penalties, but our players play so hard for each other, there is a true brotherhood on this team. If we can clean up our mistakes and penalties, we can be a dangerous team down the stretch.” The Rifles are on a much needed bye this week and will get back at it Saturday night September 16 in Regina at the new Mosaic Stadium vs the Regina Thunder it should be a good one!
A close nail biter, but a win none the less, would be the way Coach Geordie Wilson described Saturday's game against the Edmonton Wildcats.
"Well it was a win. We'll take that. It's always better to improve off of a win than a loss. I didn't think we played our best game but the kids showed resiliency and kept battling" said Wilson.
The players had a similar feeling to Wilson, in that they felt it wasn't their best game.
"We definitely didn't play to our potential I don't think the game should have been as close at it was but definitely better than the week before" said DB Troy Wilson.
The boys are ready for the rest of the season though and feel the confidence is there throughout the team. RB Michael Ritchott says overall going into next weekend the team is feeling good.
"I think we're confident we're 2 and 1 on the season. Some guys this is the most they've ever won. This is a big step for us. This is gonna be a game that we need to win" said Ritchott.
The Winnipeg Rifles will face the Calgary Colts at home Saturday September 2nd at 7 PM. Tickets will be available at the door at Investor's Group Field or on Ticketmaster.
The Winnipeg Rifles dominated in their 2017 season opener against the Ottawa Sooners. It was no question that the Rifles had the upper hand right from the get go and their momentum held strong throughout the entire game.
"It was historic in the sense that it was the first PFC game against Ontario so our guys were pretty excited" said head coach Geordie Wilson. "We played a hard game and we feel optimistic moving forward".
The Rifles are carrying their momentum into their game against the Saskatoon Hilltops this weekend. Returning players know they have a challenging game ahead.
"They're a very bread and butter team they stick to the same play book, same route combo, same run schemes, everything. So basically I'm just watching last year's film just basically preparing myself for a repeat of what they do over and over again" said Andrew Ricard.
The Rifles home opener takes place this Sunday August 20th at 1 PM at St. Vital Mustang's Field. Tickets will be available at the door for purchase.
Winnipeg Rifles players Xander Tachinski and Andrew Ricard each played a quarter of CFL football Saturday night as the Bombers took on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in pre-season action. Read more:
It was a tough loss for the Winnipeg Rifles in their home opener on Sunday August 20th. The boys fought hard throughout the game but couldn't manage to put the points up against the top ranked Saskatoon Hilltops. The Hilltops defeated the Rifles 44-0 in the Sunday afternoon match.
Although the loss was tough to swallow, the Rifles are only looking forward. They're back in action this weekend in Edmonton and they're ready to show the Wildcats what they're truly made of. The Rifles and the Wildcats will play this Saturday August 27th at 8 PM CST. The game will be broadcast live, and in the event that the feed isn't working we will have live score updates on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram throughout the game.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will have two current Winnipeg Rifles in their lineup when they travel to Saskatchewan this weekend. They play the Roughriders in the first game at the new Mosaic Stadium. 21 year old Receiver Xander Tachinski and 21 year old Defensive Back Andrew Ricard will both be in the lineup. Both players are extremely excited to get their first taste of professional football.
The Rifles signed their 2017 Rookies Saturday June 3rd at Investor's Group Field.
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