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Dressler Opens Season with TD vs. Ticats

CFL.ca Staff

HAMILTON – Weston Dressler had 180 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns as the Riders opened the 2012 season with a 43-16 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Dressler finished the evening with 186 all-purpose yards and was a part of a big night from Darian Durant.  The Roughriders' pivot completed 23 of 32 passes for 345 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The Riders opened up the game with Darian Durant leading an impressive 11-play, 86-yard drive, finished off by a 7-yard touchdown pass to Weston Dressler.  Dressler generated 44 yards in the air on that drive alone as he and rookie running back Kory Sheets helped the Riders march.

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The Cats would answer back with a 41-yard Luca Congi field goal on their next possession to get on the board and cut Saskatchewan’s lead to 7-3.

In somewhat of a surprise move, the Tiger-Cats started rookie Chevon Walker at tailback as Avon Cobourne was a healthy scratch.  Many thought that Cobourne would be the primary rusher after signing with the club in the middle of training camp but Walker impressed in pre-season, earning him the start.

Walker would rip off a 26-yard run on the Ticats’ first drive of the second quarter to help set up a 23-yard Congi field goal.

Dressler would continue his big night, coming up with a diving catch on the next drive and turning it up field into a 52-yard gain.  The Riders would get back on the board a play later when Durant hit WR Chris Getzlaf wide open for a 26-yard touchdown.

The Riders’ 14-3 lead would last only a play as Walker answered with a spectacular 89-yard run up the gut, going untouched into the endzone.

After Hamilton conceded a safety, the Riders entered halftime with a three point lead.

Dressler wasted little time building on his already impressive night, hauling in a 22-yard touchdown, his second of the game, at the start of the third quarter.

After the Congi added a 37-yard field goal, Saskatchewan was up 23-16.  

Milo answered with a field goal of his own and then Dressler continued to shred the Ticats defence.  

At the start of the fourth quarter, he added yet another touchdown on a six yard pass from Durant. Milo would extend the lead to 36-16 with another field goal with just over 10 minutes left in the game.

With the game out of reach, the Riders would continue to pile on the points as Kory Sheets recorded his first career touchdown to put his team up by a commanding 43-16. 

The loss was the Tiger-Cats 8th straight to open a CFL campaign.

Fan Comments
It would appear that 3 out of 4 eastern teams are still not playing at the level many expected. It is true that the preseason and regular season are like night and day for teams like the tiger cats. If that is not true for Montreal tomorrow than all 4 eastern teams would drop the first game. It is obvious that the east has gotten better, however the west won't go down without a fight
July 01, 2012 - 12:33am
This Old Man
I'm not
June 30, 2012 - 2:28pm
philtor - The ball hit the upright on the left side and bounced into the end zone hence no point. Thanks for the interest.
As for the Ticats - OUCH that hurt! Yes one game does not a season make (just ask the Lions) but there is obviously a LOT of work to be done in Steeltown, especially on defense although Johnson certainly did a decent job and Tisdale as well. Chevon Walker was great as was Chris Williams and I hope Dyakowski pay him REALLY WELL for negating that TD! As for Dressler's "diving catch" - it was in fact incomplete, not seen by the refs (not blaming them - things happen really fast) and not seen properly on replay until AFTER the next play so not challenged. A couple of REALLy big mistakes that could have at least kept the score a bit closer. Combined with all the little mistakes, it made for a bad showing for the Tabbies final season opener. Next week they're in the Lion's den so they'd better start fixing the bus right now! jamie - You're right - Ticats definitely DID NOT live up to the hype.
June 30, 2012 - 10:39am
I think the riders played a great game, but I wouldn't worry cause the ticats will be just fine!
As for the dressler catch, they aren't allowed to show controversial plays on the screen until one play after, but the challenge flag shouldve been on the ground as soon as the play was over!!!
June 30, 2012 - 11:36pm
wow, what a meltdown. the tigercats needed to get pressure on durant if they wanted to win last night, and failed to do so. durant destroyed that defense, and then dressler kept owning the secondary. good effort by walker on the running game for the tigercats, but it went to waste. but its only week 1. still plenty of football left. one game will not judge a season for the tigercats. congrats to the roughriders this week. GO TIGERCATS
June 30, 2012 - 9:18am
I think that Hamilton and Burris will be just fine this season this game had a lot to do with how good the Riders played and game planned. They made it no secret that they wanted speed in the backfield and planned to use the running game early to set up the passing game and also to keep the Hamilton Offense off the field and thats exactly what happen in the first quarter. I am pretty sure that Saskatchewan had the ball twice as much as Hamilton did in the first quarter.
June 30, 2012 - 1:30pm
cflsteve-i do agree that burris and hamilton will be fine this year. the team had so many improvements in the offseason, they still need time to gel. however, i felt that the tigercats had no business losing this game. they were favored IMO and didnt take advantage of a chance to start our right. and now facing a tough lions team next week isnt exactly good. other than that, yeah, i think they will get better as the season progresses. but struggling early could cost us in the long run
June 30, 2012 - 10:26pm
Yes they will be better but i dont agree that they had no business losing this one. The Riders had a good game plan and executed it and played a fast team game as was their design when putting the team together. The wanted a good fast running game with fast backs and they have that. They established the running game in the first quarter keeping the Cats offense off the field early using the run to set up the pass. Hamilton had the ball more in the 2nd qtr and were able to do some things. Thesecond Odell Willis and others were able to pressure Burris to stop them from going deep.
July 01, 2012 - 9:02am
on the last play of the first half saskatchewan missed a fg, it looked like it went out of the back of the end, why was that not a single? american trying to understand the rule
June 30, 2012 - 2:07am
Force Kin
It hit the upright, resulting in a dead ball and no points.
June 30, 2012 - 10:03am
Cant wait for history of Geroy Simon he is better than Saskatchewan
June 30, 2012 - 12:50am
Cool story man, now leave
June 30, 2012 - 2:14am
Great effort by the Riders -- DD looks like he's in charge again.

This also shows that the preseason means nothing. Burris has a long, long way to go before he proves he has returned to form.
June 30, 2012 - 12:07am
hmmmmmm, where is tabbie, not sure if cats are what they were percieved to be....again. Was fantuz playing tonight?????
June 29, 2012 - 10:37pm
WOW. One game does not make a season but Chamblin and the riders executed the game plan a lot of sheets early and often along with dressler running the ball set up the pass game and the riders really put their speed to use. Defense also did the job as Burris was unable to stretch the field
CONGRATS. still 17 more to go though
June 29, 2012 - 10:07pm