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Roughriders’ Zach Collaros Discusses Gratifying Win

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders took the first game of the season when they beat the Toronto Argonauts on Friday night, and one player who felt particularly good about the win was Riders’ signal caller Zach Collaros.

Collaros took his new team to 27-19 victory which snapped a personal 12-game losing streak for Collaros, something he is undoubtedly happy to be done with.

Collaros, who threw for 203 yards, took some time to get comfortable, but once he did, he took over for the offense and lead them down the stretch.

“When I didn’t get a ball knocked down at the line of scrimmage,” Collaros said, according to TSN’s Sara Orlesky (h/t CFL.ca).

“I’ve got to do a better job of getting the ball around those guys. The receivers did a great job all night for me. (They) made some unbelievable catches in traffic and I can’t say enough about those guys in front of me (on the offensive line). Starting with Dan (Clark), getting us in the right protections. (Jerome) Messam sealing the deal there at the end. Tre (Mason) did a great job for us as well. It was a total team effort.”

Collaros spread the ball out , finding 9 different pass-catchers throughout the game.

“It just felt good,” Collaros said. “To win a home opener in front of these fans, I’m just really happy for our team. We worked out butts off in training camp and got the results we wanted.”

“It’s a good thing to get the ball rolling, I guess,” said Collaros. “It’s a very long season and we’ve just got to focus on the next game and I’m excited to go to Ottawa.”

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Eskimos’ Mike Reilly Joins 25,000 Passing Yards Club

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Edmonton Eskimos’ signal caller Mike Reilly joined the 25,000 passing yards club on Saturday night after throwing for 424 yards in a 40-24 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

“First 30 minutes, we came out swinging. I thought the guys executed great, guys were making plays all over the field,” Reilly said, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

Despite his stellar performance, the Edmonton offensive line struggled throughout the game with protection, allowing the Alouttes to collect 5 sacks throughout the game, making Reilly’s job that much more difficult in the victory.

“Credit to Montreal. They dialled up the pressure a little bit at the end of the second quarter, and that continued on, really, for the rest of the game,” Reilly said. “Our guys did a good job at picking it up and putting points on the board, but they were a little harder to come by than they were in the first half.”

The victory over Montreal, along with his milestone performance, comes just a few days before Reilly and his wife are expecting their second child.

“It’s going to be nice for the next two days to focus on family,” Reilly stated. “Super excited to welcome another little girl into this world. It’ll be short lived though as we go back to work on Monday evening, and we’ve got a short week before heading out to Hamilton.”

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Johnny Manziel to Start for Montreal Alouettes on Friday

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Johnny Manziel will finally get his chance in the CFL as he will start for the Montreal Alouettes on Friday as they take on his former team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman made the announcement on Tuesday.

Manziel spoke about his first season in the CFL, last Friday.

“I’ve tempered my expectations to not reach too high,” Manziel said (h/t ESPN). “I want to come in and I want to play solid football. That’s what I want to do. I realize there are going to be some growing pains to get there, because it is a process. I have been away from the game a little bit. I’m excited to get some reps, and I know I’m going to be putting in the time that I need to off the field to expedite that process.”

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Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris Eyes Big Performance

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris is looking to have a big game on Friday night against the Toronto Argonauts.

Harris is looking for a second straight victory over Toronto on Friday, and to follow up a big win with a wedding social on Saturday night at the stadium for he and fiancee Carina Fiorentino.

“The biggest thing is getting the win (Friday) and Saturday will just continue the celebrations,” Harris said, according to CFL.ca. “It’s just great to have it all in the same place.”

Harris will head into the game with plenty of momentum, having surpassed the 100 yard rushing mark in 3 straight games.

“I just want to win the game, that’s the biggest thing.” Harris, who leads the league with 610 rushing yards this season, said.

Harris had a big game last week in the victory over Toronto, rushing for 177 yards, which was more than Toronto’s entire team output of 165 yards.

Toronto head coach Marc Trestman is looking for better quarterback play and better pass protection in this week’s tilt.

“We’ve got to get better play and more efficient play out of our quarterback,” Trestman said. “That would be for anybody who’s playing. It starts there at the quarterback position.

“I think James [Franklin] has shown himself to be very resilient. He’s going through a growing process now in a new system with new verbiage and really his first time playing a lot of football.”

Franklin, the Toronto signal caller, was frustrated with the lack of offensive, but more so that Harris had more rushing yards than Toronto’s total offense could muster.

“It’s frustrating to think, ‘OK, I wish we would have put up more yards,’ ” he said. “I think personally I’m not like, ‘Oh no, it bothers me that he had more rushing yards than we had total yards.’

“But I mean we definitely need to do a better job of that, help our defence out because they made a lot of plays and they put us in really good positions.”

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