Last night at TD Place in Ottawa, the Redblacks and Lions faced off for a 7:00 Saturday Night Football matchup, and the Lions got the best of it. With the Lions going 2-0 against Ottawa, they now share a 3-10 record with the Redblacks.
On Ottawa’s side of things, Mossis Madu came up on top early, running for over 50 yards on just the first drive. Madu’s running game stayed on the first drive, ending the day with 57 yards it seemed as if the Lions defense knew the plays we’d be running.
With the run game denied after the first drive, both Jonathon Jennings and William Arndt split time at quarterback totaling 14 completions for 182 yards and two interceptions as a group. Both Dominique Rhymes and R.J Harris shared 7 targets each which they’d catch a total of 5 passes for 102 yards while Dedmon who was back from injury caught 2 of 3 targets for 42 yards, including a 41 yard reception.
To pair with his receiving yards, Dedmon was back in the return game. Dedmon returned one kickoff for 45 yards. Although 45 yards was in Dedmon’s hands, Stefan Logan returned 10 total kicks (punts & kickoffs) for 172 yards, including a 19 yard punt return and a 32 yard kick return.
Pointing out bright spots are tough in big losses, although there’s a few that came out of this game. Chris Randle, who we signed in the off-season has shown to be one of our best free agency pick ups, had his first interception as a Redblacks defensive back! Along with Randle’s first interception, we were very close to see Will Arndt’s first career touchdown pass. Arndt played quarterback for the entire fourth quarter, and found himself in a groove where he could’ve thrown a touchdown, this also would’ve been the Redblacks only touchdown of the day.
The Redblacks will be facing a few familiar faces next week against Edmonton, hosting both Trevor Harris and Greg Ellingson since their departures in the off-season.