The Riders ruined the festivities for the Lions return to Empire Stadium. In the process, they have become the team to beat, along with the equal 2-0 Stampeders. Darian Durant made things look easy against the Lions secondary, and seemed to throw all caution to the wind, letting long balls fly left and right on his way to compiling 252 yards through the air.He also scampered for a touchdown, but it was Wes Cates looking stronger as the game rolled along once again that put the nail in the coffin. He finished with 16 carries for 93 yards. The one player who impressed the most i thought was Brent Hawkins. Hawkins really stepped his game up from last week, and had B.C’s 2 qb’s running for their lives. He took Casey Printers out of the game early with a nice shoestring tackle.He had 2 sacks on the day and also nabbed a fumble late in the game and ran it 47 yards for a touchdown. Its hard to find things to nit pick about after a game like that, but once again we saw no Jason Clermont out there. I know its only week 2, and we are so deep in the recieving corps, but Clermont adds so much in the middle. He does not drop anything, those gorilla arms are clutch, but there is plenty of season left i suppose!Another player i thought had a great game was Hugh Charles, he was good on returns, and he had an impact in the backfield. He is very agile and shifty, and as the season progresses i feel we will be seeing a lot more of Mr.Charles.
The Riders had a pretty close to complete game against the Lions, and if they can get to 3-0 after a showdown with the esks, and with a probable Stamps win in Toronto, we will be set up for a first place showdown in Calgary on July 24th. But lets not jump the gun, Edmonton is going to be coming out hungry after an 0-2 start, and are going to have a lot to prove, and what a great place to start, against the 2-0 Riders. I shall have an analysis of the upcoming game, which will be a dandy!
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Written by Terry Beisick