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'We're going to come out and hit them in the mouth,' Als Campbell vowed of Riders' rematch

REGINA — Tommie Campbell vowed it’ll be different this time. For starters, there’s no rain in the forecast.

“We’re going to be okay this game. Let’s put it that way,” the Alouettes’ veteran cornerback said. “They’re just a whole bunch of guys that like to yell and scream. We’re going to come out and hit them in the mouth. You’re going to see who’s going to be yelling and screaming at the end of the game.”

Round 2 of the battle between the Als and Saskatchewan Roughriders will be renewed Saturday at Mosaic Stadium (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio-690). At the very least, the teams should play a full 60 minutes this time.

When they met Aug. 9 in Montreal, the game was called with 2:41 remaining in the third quarter following a 60-minute weather delay. The Riders were leading, 17-10, and were awarded the victory because more than half the period had been played. It marked the first time in Canadian Football League history a game had been called.

No offensive touchdowns were scored that night, and television cameras caught Saskatchewan players, in their dressing room, celebrating as though a championship had been won.

“You escape with the win. You get a full cheque for three quarters worth of work,” veteran rush-end John Bowman said, laughing. “Did they think they probably should have won? That’s probably why they celebrated like that.

“They didn’t do anything wrong,” added Bowman, who was one of the most critical players, against the league, for reaching its decision. “They were celebrating because they got the win. They didn’t kick me or beat me up. They didn’t talk about my mom. They just went out there and won. It’s not their fault.”

The dynamics were different that night. Montreal was without starting quarterback Vernon Adams, recovering from a concussion, and also was missing tailback William Stanback and receiver DeVier Posey. The Als haven’t lost since and carry a three-game winning streak into this contest.

“I feel like the guys are itching to get back and play, just because we didn’t finish that game — not necessarily the opponent,” head coach Khari Jones said. “Guys just want to keep playing good football and figuring out ways to beat our opponent.

“Guys have made plays when they needed to. We’ve had somewhat tight games, but we found ways to come out of them ahead. That’s the sign of a maturing and growing team.”

While the Als twice this season have produced three-game winning streaks, they’ve been unable to win a fourth in succession. That’s the potential next step in the evolution of this surprising team. And it won’t be easy in a hostile environment.

“They love their team. First of all, there’s nothing else here to love,” Bowman quipped. “It’s going to be something new… like big-time SEC football where everybody’s talking bad about you. Nobody’s cheering for you.”


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