Week 14 of the CFL is behind and once again, we have a three-game week. Still doesn’t make any sense as three teams sit out this week with byes. Weird games in the CFL this week as we got to see a touchdown scored almost every way possible. BC remains pace in the West, Montreal falls back down to earth. Calgary keeps proving why they are the best team in the league and can win games through all aspects of the game and Ottawa holds strong atop of the East. Here’s your Week 14 CFL Recap.

 

Week 14 Bye: 

BC (4-6)  -32

Montreal (3-8)  -14

BC comes into this game hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive in a stacked Western conference that will most likely see them having to finish fourth place and crossover, with a win this week they would do exactly that, leading to an exciting finish in the West as both Winnipeg and BC will need to finish fourth place to cross over with the other West spots more than likely already decided.

Montreal would receive the opening possession but relinquish momentum quickly over to BC after an Antonio Pipkin interception.

BC would go on offense and after a 41-yard pass to Bryan Burnham, Travis Lulay would go down with a shoulder injury the very next play, forcing Jennings to come off the bench in relief. His first pass would be a 16-yard touchdown connection with Bryan Burnham and BC would go up 7-0 early.

Defenses dominated in the first half as both teams would struggle to move the ball and we’d have field goals traded back and forth basically up until 3 minutes left in the third quarter. The game is now 13-7 in favor of the BC Lions as once again, offenses were stifled and there weren’t really any highlights to show in this recap.

That was until Ty Long set up for a 15-yard field goal to potentially put the Lions up 16-7, however Chip Cox had different plans as he broken through the line to block the field goal, a ball which Tevaughn Campbell recovered and took to the house 87-yards to give the Alouettes their first lead of the night.

BC would retain their lead off a 45-yard Ty Long field goal and expand it further when their defense would force a safety, going up 18-14.

Montreal would get the ball back with roughly three minutes left in the game and an opportunity to drive the field for the win, T.J. Lee would have other plans though as he’d pick off Pipkin and take it all the way to the house for a pick six, putting the Lions up 25-14 and putting the game further out of reach.

There was still enough time left for Montreal to make some play, this is the CFL after all and the game isn’t over until the clock hits 0’s. Pipkin would drop back and fire a dime right into Anthony Orange’s hands, which he would also bring back to the house to put the Lions up 32-14 and put the game out of reach for good.

BC’s defense looked amazing in this game, getting a lot of pressure and forcing a bunch of turnovers, they now move to 5-6 on the season, however, they play in the Western conference and chances are they can still be the odd team out when it comes to the playoff picture. They are winning games though and there’s still enough games left in the season to hold their ground over Winnipeg and hope for a crossover.

Montreal looks to be still the worst team in the league, in my opinion, Pipkin put together some good performances over the last couple games but I still think Johnny Manziel is the best QB on this team and it wouldn’t surprise me if he started next week against the Blue Bombers.

Player of the Game: Anthony Orange. No real standout offensive performances so we’ll take the man that had 2 INT’s and 2 solo tackles.

Calgary (9-2)  -43

Hamilton (6-5)  -28

 

Calgary comes into Hamilton not having lost a game in Hamilton since 2009, complete dominance over the Tabbies for the better part of a decade. This game didn’t disappoint either as both teams put up a ton of points in an exciting game. Calgary comes into the game standing firm as the best team in the league while Hamilton is trying to catch Ottawa in the East.
Not much happened in this one for the better part of the first quarter until finally, Larry Dean put the first points on the board when he stepped in front of a Bo Levi Mitchell pass and took it all the way to the house, 60-yards for a pick-six. Putting the home side of 7-0 early.

The following drive for the Stampeders proved costly as standout wide receiver DaVaris Daniels would go down during his route favoring his lower-body.
Hamilton got right back into the game though, finishing the quarter after a nice drive by Jeremiah Masoli, Lirim Hajrullahu would kick the ball through the uprights giving Hamilton a 10-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

Bo Levi Mitchell struggled in the first quarter and didn’t look himself as Hamilton played some lockdown defense, Mitchell would finish the first quarter with only 15 yards through the air, this just weeks after posting his career best in yardage. Calgary would get back into the game with some trickery, Mitchell would laterally pass the ball to Marken Michel who would throw a dime to Juwan Brescacin. One play later, the Stampeders would find the end zone as Mitchell would again find Marken Michel, this time with a forward pass, putting the Stampeders on the board and down by 3.

After an amazing drive that included some trick plays and points that would help Calgary gain some momentum, they would give it right back on the very next play. On the ensuing kickoff, Shakeir Ryan would split through the Calgary coverage team and find the end zone with nobody even near him. Hamilton would go up 16-7 with 9 minutes left to play in the first half.

The Stampeders offense would go two-and-out as the struggles continued, they’d get gifted the ball back though as Shakeir Ryan who just got the Hamilton crowd to their feet with his kick return, would put the ball on the ground and give those points back as Tunde Adeleke scooped up the ball and took it to the end zone untouched as we’d have a 17-14 ball game.
In a first half that had everything in it but good offense, the defense would once again come up huge for Calgary as Emmanuel Davis would pick off former teammate Masoli, on the offensive drive that followed, Calgary would shoot themselves in the foot taking a procedure penalty taking away a TD from Nick Arbuckle who sneaked into the end zone, Calgary would settle for the field goal and go up 17-16. Both teams would each get one more field goal in the final two minutes of the half and we’d go into the second half with a 20-19 Calgary lead.

The second half started the same way the first half ended, weird plays and defensive scoring as on a QB sneak Arbuckle would get stripped of the ball, Delvin Breaux would recover and take it to the house giving the Tabbies a 25-20 lead early in the third quarter.

Once again, more points, once again, not by the offense as Terry Williams would return a punt for 83 yards giving Calgary back the lead around halfway through the third quarter, this is where Calgary would start creating some separation.

Finally, the offense would get into the game with a 26-25 lead, Bo Levi Mitchell would sling the ball deep for Reggie Begelton who would catch the ball for a 99-yard touchdown, putting Calgary up 33-25 after a successful two-point convert as they started to find their groove and gain some momentum.

The two teams would trade field goals as we’d head into the final minutes of the game with Calgary holding onto a 37-28 lead, Calgary would ice the game with a Romar Morris touchdown from the 3-yard line.

Calgary would move to 10 wins on the season thus making it the 11th straight season they’ve posted double-digit wins, in that stretch the entire Eastern division has combined for 11 double digit seasons with one of those seasons being the now Western division Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Simply dominance for Calgary, although it hasn’t translated into postseason success. They’ll take their commanding West division lead into the Week 15 bye week for them and will host the Argos in Week 16.

The Tiger-Cats would fall to 6-6 on the season, although it doesn’t really matter, all they are playing for at this point is whether they’ll get the first-round bye and head straight into the East Final as their playoff position is pretty much secured in an extremely week East division. Ottawa handled business this week, however, so Hamilton is a game behind them in the East.

Player of the Game: Reginald Begelton. Next man up mentality for Calgary. 5 catches, 150 yards including a 99-yard TD.

 

Ottawa (6-5)  -30

Saskatchewan (7-4)  -25

 

Capping off the action from Week 14 was a matchup between teams from each division. One of the hottest teams in the league as of late in the Saskatchewan Roughriders took on one that has been struggling in the Ottawa RedBlacks.

The Riders were on a four-game winning streak coming into this game, having just beat the Bombers in back-to-back Labour Day games. Their defense has stood out as potentially the best in the league with their ability to not only stop other teams but also put up points.

Zach Collaros who left the Banjo Bowl game a week earlier would be cleared from concussion protocol and start the game for Saskatchewan.

Ottawa started out as a promising team this year leading the Eastern Division through most of the year. Their biggest problem has been inconsistency and specifically that of quarterback Trevor Harris as of late.

Their defense has been middle of the pack this year with the offense looking explosive at times but starting out slow is something that has dismantled them. They would need a fast start against the defense the Riders would put out if they wanted to stand a chance.

The Riders would get the game started off with a bang! Marcus Thigpen took the opening kick off 98-yards for the touchdown for the early 7-0 lead.

Ottawa would try and gain some momentum on their second drive of the game with a huge pickup through the air. Trevor Harris connected with Diontae Spencer on a 64-yard bomb setting the RedBlacks up at the Saskatchewan 24-yard line.

William Powell would run it in from 19 yards out for the score. The attempted 2-point conversion would be unsuccessful for the 7-6 score.

Saskatchewan would stretch out the lead on their next drive. After a 46-yard gain from a pass from Collaros to Shaq Evans, Brett Lauther would kick a 21-yard field goal for the 10-6 lead.

The RedBlacks would find a way to steal the lead early in the second quarter with an amazing circus catch. Trevor Harris would throw one up to RJ Harris who found a way to bat the ball to himself with Derrick Moncrief draped all over him in perfect coverage.

They would add a 2-point convert for the 14-10 lead. The Riders would answer that score with a circus catch of their own. Collaros threw up a 40-yard bomb to Kyran Moore who made an incredible catch on what was a 3rd and 2 play.

The play leads to a turnover, however, with Collaros trying to fit one into Joshua Stanford at the 1-yard line. The ball would be picked off by Jonathan Rose, with Stanford trying to cut up the field too early, rather than finish running his route before the ball got to him.

The RedBlacks made that turnover costly. Harris leads the team on a 10-play 109-yard drive ending in a nice fade touchdown pass to Spencer for the 20-10 lead after a failed 2-pt convert. The lead would go into the half.

Saskatchewan grabbed some momentum back early in the third quarter. After an Ottawa 2-and-out to open the quarter Kyran Moore took the punt back 89 yards for his second punt return TD in as many weeks. The score would cut the lead down to 20-16 after a missed PAT.

The RedBlacks lead would be cut down to two points after a 2-and-out from their own goal line. Ottawa opted to give up the safety rather than a kick from their own end zone. On the same drive, Trevor Harris would leave the game with what looked like a cramp after taking a hit from Charleston Hughes. He would return on the following drive.

Ottawa added three points on a 41-yard field goal by Lewis Ward to extend the lead to five at 23-18 in the fourth quarter. But it didn’t end there. William Powell went off for a 69-yard run for a TD and the 30-18 lead.

The Riders would then continue the attempted comeback on a penalty assisted drive. They went 10 plays and 87 yards with Collaros hitting Naaman Roosevelt for a 34-yard TD over the middle of the field for the 30-25 score with less than three minutes left in the game.

Saskatchewan would get the ball back with a minute left and on the first play Collaros would throw one up to Shaq Evans in tight coverage with it being picked off by Jonathan Rose ending the game.

The RedBlacks continue to have the Riders’ number winning both games played this year against them. Despite giving up the opening kickoff for a touchdown they stayed poised throughout the game and held control from start to finish. In fact, the two games against Saskatchewan have been the only two in which they’ve put forward a consistent game on every level.

The offense put together one of its best efforts in terms of a full 60 minutes. Trevor Harris threw for 334 yards and William Powell had a monster game with almost 200 yards in total offense. Deontae Spencer had a huge game with 8 catches for 110 yards and a TD. Ottawa put up almost 500 yards and did not allow a single sack on Trevor Harris all game.

Ottawa did not turn the ball over once and when you add that to zero sacks against the Rider defense you’ll stand a great chance to win the game. If Ottawa can get games like this out of their offense and defense they’ll continue to be the best team in the East and possibly make a playoff run.

Saskatchewan did not have a good game outside of special teams. From their total 25 points, 14 of them were scored on a kick and punt returns. The defense didn’t hold up the way everyone expects them to each week. They couldn’t get a sack on Harris or a turnover. Trevor Harris was able to avoid pressure with rollouts and scrambling in the pocket. They gave up a total of 160 yards on the ground which is not like them as a unit.

The offense for the Riders was essentially non-existent. Collaros only completed 37% of his passes for 162 yards and 1TD to 2INTs. They only managed 78 yards on the ground and the receivers had a plethora of dropped balls. Shaq Evans had an especially rough night dropping what seemed like a pass on every drive.

Collaros seemed to force a few throws while not getting much help from his receivers resulting in the two picks. Their most successful drive was one which was aided by three penalties. The team that looked so dominant over the last four weeks looked contained and controlled in this one.

Player of the Game: William Powell. Powell went off for 148 yards rushing and 2TD’s. He controlled the pace of play throughout the entire game. Ottawa was able to maintain control of this game due largely in part to Powell and his success on the ground especially late, sealing the victory.

CFL Week 14 Recap

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