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Game Day – BRING EM OUT! Riders Set For Home Opener Against Ticats

Published: Sunday, Jun 23rd 2024, 4:06am

By Alex Dormuth (@RealAlexD)

 

After more than a month after the first preseason game, we finally get to see the Riders on home turf at Mosaic Stadium here in the 2024 season. The Riders started out the season with back to back wins on the road to start a season (for the first time EVER! Thanks Rob Vanstone for that tidbit), showing their resiliency against Edmonton and Hamilton by coming back to win both those games in pretty dramatic fashion.

 

Last week, the Riders completely shut down Ticats running back James Butler. I expect the same thing this week, but I’d like to see the D-Line also get a hint of pressure on Bo Levi Mitchell. We didn’t really see much of that last Sunday and Bo picked apart the Riders secondary, throwing for nearly 400 yards. And I expect better out of the secondary this week. Changes to the roster shuffled things around back there and it nearly backfired on Corey Mace and his defense, but this week we have continuity on defense, so we should see a much better effort. 

 

Only one change this week to the Riders roster and it’s on the O-Line. Last week, Philip Blake suffered a leg injury and is going to be out for a while. Taking his place in the starting lineup is Ryan Sceviour, who played pretty well in relief of Blake last week (and Logan Ferland the week prior) and joining the active roster is Zack Fry as the 6th O-Lineman. 

There was also worry about Peter Godber not playing due to personal reasons, but he will take his regular starting center spot and running back A.J. Ouellette will also play after missing some practices with a leg injury.

 

 

For Hamilton, a couple of changes along the D-Line as Trevon Mason and Reece Martin get on the roster this week while DeWayne Hendrix hits the 1 game injured list (as does O-Lineman Evan Johnson).

 

 

Don’t miss out on Episode 274 of The Piffles Podcast where we recapped the Riders comeback win in Hamilton last week, discussed the 2024 Plaza of Honour class and looked ahead to this home opener against the Ticats.

 

 

LET’S GO RIDERS!!

 

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