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Saturday, September 20, 2014

REGINA THUNDER @ WINNIPEG RIFLES GAME PREVIEW


The Regina Thunder and Winnipeg Rifles will play in a first place match-up on Sunday in Winnipeg. Both teams are 3 and 1 on the year, the Thunder are the 2nd ranked team in Canada while the Rifles are number 3. This is the first of two meetings between the clubs with the second coming in Regina. The Thunder won last week 35-14 in Edmonton against the Wildcats and are two and oh on the road. The Rifles have been off since September 7th when they beat the Edmonton Wildcats 27-20, their third straight win.

OFFENSIVE MATCH-UP

The Thunder offense has scored 96 points in 4 games for a 24 per game average. They have put up 100 first downs, 482 rushing yards and 1052 yards through the air. The team has given up 9 interceptions, 3 fumbles lost and 2 turnovers on downs.

QB Jaeden Marwick is 72 of 120 passing for 864 yards, 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

Spencer Mack is 13 of 22 for 188 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

The leading receiver is Preston Bews with 20 catches for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Kasim Ocaya has 15 catches for 176. Kristane Desautels has 12 grabs for 157 yards. Matt Frass 11 for 92 yards and 2 TD's. Levi Paul 7 for 84, Justin Bannin 6 for 68, Reuben Viveros 5 for 57, Colton Klassen 3 for 43 and Thomas Bresciani 1 for 8.

The leading rusher is QB Jaeden Marwick who has carried 23 times for 158 yards and a touchdown. RB Colton Klassen has 26 for 127 and 2 scores, Matt Frass 39 for 119 and Justin Bannin 21 for 55 yards and 2 TD's.

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The Rifles offense has scored 112 points in four games for a 28 per game average. They have put up 57 first downs, 591 rushing yards and 855 yards through the air. Winnipeg has thrown 6 interceptions, lost two fumbles and turned it over once on downs.

QB Tyler Vierra is 46 of 75 passing for 606 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

Kurt Goodrich is the leading Rifles receiver with 22 catches for 411 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Niclas Bembenek has 8 for 193 and a touchdown. Colton Smith 2 for 43 and 2 touchdowns, Alexander Tachinski 4 for 39 and 1 TD. Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette 6 for 34 and a TD, Cam Penner 4 for 27.

The leading rusher is Colton Smith with 47 carries for 215 yards and a TD. Kurt Goodrich 6 for 114 and a TD, Odun Ogidan 12 for 83.

DEFENSIVE MATCH-UP

The Thunder defense has given up 74 points in 4 games for a 18.5 per game average. They have given up 67 first downs, 656 rush yards and 654 through the air. The team has 3 interceptions, 6 fumbles recoveries and have forced 3 turnovers on downs. They have three sacks as well.

DL Michael Desjarlais leads the team with 14 tackles this season, he also has 5 assisted tackles.

LB Brandon Whitehouse has 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and interception and a sack. Terry Giovannetti, 10 tackles, 3 assisted and a knockdown.

LB Brett Selinger has 9 tackles and 7 assisted. DL Ryan Warner, 7 tackles, 6 assisted, a forced fumble and half a sack. DB Royce Hanna has 6 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery and a knockdown.

DL Taylor Garrett has 3 tackles, 5 assisted and half a sack. DB Chris Tunnicliffe with an interception and 4 knockdowns.

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The Rifles defence has given up 88 points for a 22 per game average. They have allowed 73 first downs, 570 rushing yards and 738 passing. The team has 6 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 turnover forced on downs.

LB Brady Carter leads the team with 17 tackles. He also has a sack.

DB Brooks Fallon has 13 tackles and 2 interceptions. DB Braedy Will has 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Spencer Riche, 7 tackles, 3 sacks and a knockdown.

DB Jason Kelly with 5 tackles an interception and a knockdown. DL Donovan Gregoire has 2 tackles and a sack.

SPECIAL TEAMS MATCH-UP

Kicker William McGee has punted 28 times for 916 total yards and a long of 51. McGee is 8 of 10 kicking field goals for an 80 percent efficiency.

Kristaine Desautels has 178 yards on 18 punt returns and two kickoff returns for 99 yards.

Menedum Menegbo has put up 170 yards on 5 kickoff returns so far this season.

Dustin Erbach has 3 punt returns for 29 yards.

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Kicker Brad Mikolluff has punted 35 times for 1409 yards and a long of 57. He is 5 of 9 kicking field goals for a 55.5 percent efficiency.

Jason Kelly has 138 yards in punt returns on 11 tries. He also has 236 yards in kickoff yards on 10 returns.

Jordan Gauthier with 6 punt returns for 105 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 78 yards.

Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette 6 punt returns for 55 yards and 1 kickoff return for 15.



Kickoff is at 1 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.




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