Redblacks eager to put ugly loss behind them when they host Stampeders

Redblacks eager to put ugly loss behind them when they host Stampeders

OTTAWA — Six days between games is considered a short week in the CFL, but for the Ottawa Redblacks a shot at redemption can’t come soon enough.

After falling 31-1 in Winnipeg to the league-leading Blue Bombers last week, the Redblacks are looking to end a three-game losing streak when they host the Calgary Stampeders on Thursday.

“We had a short week and we only had two days of practice but you want to get that taste out of your mouth and everyone knows that,” Redblacks quarterback Jonathan Jennings said Wednesday.

“It just didn’t feel very good and we’re excited to get back on the field and get another opportunity.”

Jennings will be making his second start at pivot for the Redblacks in place of the injured Dominique Davis. He will want to improve on a poor season debut that saw him throw for just 45 yards with no touchdowns and an interception on 6-of-15 passing.

“Play fast, get the ball out of my hands and be efficient,” is how he plans to do that, but he will need help from his teammates, including running back John Crockett, who had 88 yards rushing last week and was one of the few bright spots for Ottawa.

“He’s a guy that runs hard and brings good energy and he’ll just keep getting better the more playing time he gets,” Redblacks coach Rick Campbell said of the former North Dakota State product, who will suit up for the third time this season.

Campbell said getting the offence to flow will be vital against a Stampeders team that has been competitive even without star quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who is recovering from a shoulder injury. Backup Nick Arbuckle will make his fourth consecutive start.

“They have a pretty good knack for plugging and playing and we still fully expect them to run their offence and do their thing, and Arbuckle is a competitive guy and doing a good job for them,” Campbell said.

“They present a big challenge. They do a good job of mixing their game plan up week-to-week and they’re not overly predictable so we’ve just got to make sure we have all our bases covered.”

Jennings knows the Stampeders very well, having spent the past four seasons in the same division while with the B.C. Lions. He said the Redblacks need to be prepared for a drawn-out battle.

“Be patient. Stay patient. It’s going to be a long game and you’ve just got to allow the game to come to you and make your reads one play at a time,” he said. ”You can’t try to force the issue too much because if you do you’re in trouble.”


Thursday, TD Place

DOUBLE BACK: Having twice lost to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season, the Redblacks will be looking to turn the same trick on the Stampeders. Ottawa won the season opener for both teams 32-28 in Calgary June 15, and the Redblacks will be looking for their first season sweep of the Stamps.

CROSS-COUNTRY RIVALRY: Despite being in different divisions on opposite sides of the country, there’s something to be said about the history between Calgary and Ottawa. The teams have met in the Grey Cup twice over the last five years, with each side winning one championship each.

TIME TO CHANGE THE BATTERY: With long snapper Louise-Philippe Bourassa being suspended for the next two games for a doping violation, veteran Mike Benson has been added to the roster to fill those duties. He’ll have to get up to speed quick, as the trio of Bourassa, holder Richie Leone and kicker Lewis Ward have combined on 61 straight regular-season field goals.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said the 500 deaths from COVID-19 in the province are a tragic milestone. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta hits ‘tragic milestone’ with more COVID-19 deaths

Province up to 500 COVID-19 deaths, adds 1,265 cases

Alexandre Bissonnette, who pleaded guilty to a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque, arrives at the courthouse in Quebec City on February 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mathieu Belanger - POOL
Appeal Court to rule today on Quebec City mosque shooter’s life sentence

Quebec’s highest court is scheduled to deliver its ruling today on appeals… Continue reading

Premier John Horgan speaks during a press conference in Langford, B.C., on Monday September 21, 2020. nbsp;B.C. Premier John Horgan is set to announce details of his new cabinet today in the middle of a global pandemic that will be front-and-centre of many ministerial duties. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Fresh off majority government win, B.C.’s Horgan to introduce new NDP cabinet

VICTORIA — B.C. Premier John Horgan will announce his new cabinet today… Continue reading

People embrace before the start a memorial service for Apotex billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman in Mississauga, Ontario on Thursday, December 21, 2017. Toronto police say they have identified a person of interest in the high-profile 2017 homicides of a billionaire philanthropist couple. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Person of interest identified but not arrested in billionaire murders: police

Toronto police say they have identified a person of interest in the… Continue reading

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman, a cast member in “Black Panther,” poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died of colon cancer on Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles. He was buried on Sept. 3, in Belton, South Carolina, about 11 miles from his hometown of Anderson, according to a death certificate obtained Monday, Sept. 14 by The Associated Press. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Chadwick Boseman delivers heartbreaking performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”:review

By Jocelyn Noveck THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Chadwick Boseman surges onto the screen… Continue reading

The Toronto Star building is shown in Toronto, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Torstar Corp. says it has sold digital advertising technology developed by its subsidiary, Eyereturn Marketing Inc., to Loblaw Companies Ltd. Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima
Torstar sells digital marketing technology developed by subsidiary to Loblaw

TORONTO — Torstar Corp. says it has sold digital advertising technology developed… Continue reading

Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen speeds down the course during an Alpine Skiing World Cup men’s slalom, in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Sunday, March. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
Lack of snow in France moves World Cup ski races to Italy

VAL D’ISERE, France — Two men’s World Cup races scheduled in France… Continue reading

Hockey Canada suspends world junior selection camp after positive COVID-19 tests

Hockey Canada suspends world junior selection camp after positive COVID-19 tests

Justice Minister David Lametti responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Liberals to present bill on single-game sports betting

Liberals to present bill on single-game sports betting

Bayern, Man City win to advance to Champions League last-16

Bayern, Man City win to advance to Champions League last-16

FILE - In this March 26, 2006 file photo, former soccer player Diego Maradona smokes a cigar as he watches Argentina's first division soccer match between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 60. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

In this July 1, 2020, photo, Salt Lake Tribune data columnist and Utah Jazz beat writer Andy Larsen poses for a photo. Larsen is a sports writer, but with much of that world sidelined during the pandemic he's been digging into coronavirus data and its sobering implications. So when he found himself with a cache of spare change, partially from his childhood piggy bank, he knew plenty of people could use it. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
Tweet on spare change generates big money for virus aid

Tweet on spare change generates big money for virus aid

Most Read