Friday, August 26, 2016
REGINA THUNDER @ WINNIPEG RIFLES GAME PREVIEW
The Regina Thunder (1-1) visit the Winnipeg Rifles (1-1) Saturday at Investors Group Field in a battle for sole possession of 3rd place in the PFC. The Thunder are coming off a 36-17 loss in Calgary to the Colts in week 2 while the Rifles got a 42-28 win over the Edmonton Wildcats. The Thunder went two and oh against the Rifles in 2016 with a 49-32 win at Mosaic Stadium and a 51-22 victory in Winnipeg. Kickoff Saturday is at 6 PM Regina time.
THUNDER OFFENSE - The Thunder have scored 32 points through 2 games, 4th best in the PFC. QB Sawyer Buettner has thrown for 396 yards and a 57.1 % completion rate to go along with 4 interceptions. Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette is 2nd in rushing yards with 282 and is tied for the league lead in touchdowns with 3. Kristiane Desautels is 5th in league receiving yards with 101 on 7 catches.
RIFLES OFFENSE - Winnipeg has put up 55 points in their first 2 games, 3rd best in the PFC. QB Jamie Ybarra Jr has thrown for 346 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and holds a 59.6 % completion percentage. PFC offensive player of the week, RB Michael Ritchott is coming off a monster performance in week 2 where he ran for 358 yards and 2 touchdowns, 5th most in CJFL history. He leads the PFC with 462 yards rushing and is tied for the league lead with 3 touchdowns. Brendan Naujoks leads the team with 86 receiving yards and has 1 touchdown.
THUNDER DEFENCE - Regina has given up 42 points so far this season, 3rd best in the league. DB Polis Koko has 2 interceptions to go along with 7 tackles. Marcus Hall has 7 tackles as well and LB Matt Williams has recorded 3.5 sacks and has a fumble recovery. In total the Thunder have forced 4 turnovers, 2 on interceptions, one fumble and on on downs.
RIFLES DEFENCE - Winnipeg has allowed a league high 68 points through 2 games of the season. Garrett Beardy is tied for the PFC lead in tackles with 11 and also has 2 knockdowns. Nathan Dickson has recorded 9 tackles and 4 knockdowns and Stephan Conway has an interception to go along with 2 tackles and a knock down. The Rifles have forced 3 turnovers, 2 on interceptions and on on downs.
THUNDER SPECIAL TEAMS - Kristiane Desautels is 3rd in PFC punt return yards with 76 and a 12.67 yard average. He also has 43 yards on kickoff returns. Kris Calcutt is 3 of 7 kicking field goals with a long of 42. Calcutt has punted 10 times for a 41.30 yard average and a long of 55. His punting average is second best in the PFC.
RIFLES SPECIAL TEAMS - Brendan Naujoks leads the league in kickoff return yards with 96 on 6 returns. Odun Ogidan has 58 kickoff return yards and 9 on punts. Ian Lee is 2 of 3 kicking field goals with a long of 17. Zach Regert has punted 9 times for a 43.78 yard average which leads the PFC and has a long of 60 which also leads the league.
Kickoff Saturday in Winnipeg is 6 PM Regina time at Investors Group Field.