You don’t often see a team give up 5 turnovers in Football, and come back for a win.
What a game; Friday Night Lights with a big 2 points for the Ottawa Redblacks, over the much improved (June Jones version) Tiger Cats.
At one point, the Hamilton Tiger Cats led 16-0.
It wasn’t pretty, but they bagged it.
The Redblacks won in the closing minutes, and Diontae Spencer ran wild.
He got almost 500 yards, all purpose, a CFL record.
The guy ran the field nearly 5 times!
He was dangerous every time he touched the ball, even though he sat prone and injured on the field — for 5 minutes solid — after all his team-mates had made their way back to the dressing room at the half.
Apparently he shook off whatever was bothering him.
William Powell was also large. He ran for 133 yards, including the game winning TD and ends the season with 1,026, the first time a Redblacks’ player has surpassed the 1,000 mark.
The final was 41-36 and the sold out Ottawa crowd was into it.
So here’s the story:
The Redblacks are back in 1st Place in the CFL East — by a point.
Could that repeat CFL opening tie against the Calgary Stampeders stand to make the difference in this?
And as Redblacks Head Coach Rick Campbell has mentioned; making the Argos’ cross the country for a late kickoff in BC; forcing them to play all of their starters, is indeed included as a benefit in that 2 point package they were awarded for the win on Friday night.
So now it’s the Redblacks with the bye.
They’ll sit back and watch the Toronto Argos and see if they can answer late on Saturday night.
The BC Lions really played well this weekend, so we’ll see?
First in the East, for Ottawa, means a bye to the Eastern Final and a solid shot at the 105th Grey Cup (so two wins away from repeating, with their two last games on home turf, right here in Ottawa).
2nd means, either the Saskatchewan Roughriders or the now (and again) pistol hot Edmonton Eskimo’s coming here for the crossover game/ the Eastern Semi Final.
The new stands are in, and the 105th Grey Cup is officially SOLD OUT!
Interesting, as we talk about the Redblacks getting back to their 3rd straight Grey Cup; if they do it they’ll do it with the exact same record that they had when they won it last year (8-9-1).
Some interesting math, and some interesting football in the next couple of weeks leading up to November 26th.