The Raiders got here again late to beat the Elks at residence

REGINA – The Saskatchewan Roughriders rallied late to defeat the Edmonton Elks 12-11 at Mosaic Stadium on Thursday.

With the Raiders trailing 11-3 with lower than three minutes to go, quarterback Trevor Harris led the Raiders down the sector and tied the sport at 11 with a landing cross to Mitchell Pickton and a two-point conversion to Kendall Watson.

A rouge gave the house workforce the lead on the following kickoff, a lot to the delight of the followers in Regina, and defensive again Nick Marshall intercepted the subsequent Elks drive to seal the win.

Harris began his a hundredth league sport and completed 19 of 29 for 289 yards.

Edmonton managed many of the sport, however couldn’t convert it to greater than 4 singles and a landing when quarterback Taylor Cornelius added a giant run for the now 0-5 Elks.

Operating again Kevin Brown added 65 yards and 15 carries for the Greens and Golds within the loss.

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After the Raiders had been two and out to start out the sport, Cornelius and the Elks went to work. Pivot transformed a vital second-and-eight together with his legs earlier than opening up Steven Dunbar Jr. to maneuver the ball up midfield. That gave the No. 15 one other probability to make use of his legs once more and convert his third second in three tries. The drive stalled on the Raiders 25-yard line and Trustworthy grounded huge left for a 1-0 lead for the guests.

Harris and Co. returned to the sector and used the operating sport. First Jamaal Morrow, then Frankie Hickson, drove runs within the interior zone towards Edmonton’s defensive position. The operating sport gave the Raiders an opportunity to make a faux play and Harris discovered Samuel Emilus open to maneuver to the Elks 23-yard line. The Saskatchewan heart then related with Devin Jones for 5 yards earlier than two consecutive stops by Inexperienced and Gold. The Raiders offense stayed on the play and Harris, searching for Jones, returned the ball to Edmonton with an incompletion.

The Elks needed to return the ball to the house workforce after two first downs, however their protection got here out once more when AC Leonard stripped Harris to offer Edmonton the ball on the Saskatchewan 40-yard line.

A 36-yard landing cross from Cornelius to Dunbar Jr. was fumbled after a maintain name by Edmonton’s offensive line, and Chris Jones’ workforce needed to accept one other area purpose try. Trustworthy missed his second strive of the sport, and returner Mario Alford ran the opposite solution to give the Raiders their first lead of the sport. As a result of a holding penalty on the flip nullified the main.

After one other Raiders punt, Cornelius moved the chains twice, however a knockdown on second down set the Elks up for his or her third rouge, this time on an 82-yard kick from Jake Julian to make it 3–0.

With the clock displaying 2:03 to go within the first half, Harris and the offense had been lastly accomplished. He first discovered Pickton for a 39-yard acquire. Two completions later, he went first and 10 from the 11-yard line, however once more the Edmonton protection closed the gate and compelled a 3rd down. This time Brett Lawther got here on to tie the sport within the first half.

Did somebody say impolite? Cornelius and the Elks rallied for an additional single to guide off the second half as Julian ran 56 yards into the Saskatchewan finish zone to take a 4–3 lead.

One other two and out from Harris and the Raiders gave Edmonton an opportunity to increase the lead. That’s what they did after backup operating again Shannon Brooks caught a 31-yard cross to maneuver it to the Saskatchewan 30-yard line. Scoring two first downs afterward a sneak cross from 6-foot-5 quarterback Cornelius prolonged the result in 11-3.

It regarded just like the Raiders had been going to reply with a scoring drive of their very own, however Lewis intercepted Harris in the long run zone to maintain his workforce’s lead intact.

The 2 groups traded blows for a lot of the fourth quarter till the Raiders pulled off the seemingly not possible.

It began with a chase by Harris, discovering Jones on the proper sideline and transferring the ball to the 38-yard line. The veteran then referred to as his personal quantity and downed one other earlier than handing it to Morrow 9 yards down. The operating again transformed on third down two performs later and the Saskatchewan heart discovered Pickton in the long run zone, bringing his workforce inside two factors of tying the sport. They usually each did it with the Harris-Watson connection.

As extra time approaches, returner CJ Simms bounced the ball into the top zone on the following kickoff for a Saskatchewan single and the distinction ended.

The Elks moved to inside a minute of area purpose vary, however Marshall intercepted Cornelius’ final attempt to seal the victory for Saskatchewan.

Groups coming off a bye week in 2023 at the moment are 4-0. Coach Craig Dickenson improved to 8-1 towards Edmonton.

The Elks return to motion subsequent Thursday, July 13, once they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Commonwealth Stadium. The Raiders have 9 days till their subsequent sport, once they host the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday, July 15.