Suffice it to say that Saturday’s Canadian Football League regular-season opener did not transpire as Mike Reilly had hoped.
Though the former Central Washington All-American passed for 259 yards, he was also intercepted three times as Edmonton was overrun 39-18 by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Reilly, who was in a neck-and-neck duel with former Eastern Washington standout Matt Nichols for the starting quarterback job until Nichols sustained a season-ending knee injury, completed 17 of 35 passes for one touchdown. He also was Edmonton’s leading rusher with 37 yards on four carries.
But the interceptions proved damaging, especially one that came on the final play of the first half.
A story written by The Canadian Press said, “A disastrous opening half for the Eskimos concluded with an extremely poor play. Edmonton found itself deep in its own end with time expired and quarterback Mike Reilly opted to pass instead of going down on a broken play. Renauld Williams picked off the pass and ran it 19 yards into the end zone to put the Roughriders up 22-1 at half.
“The Eskimos left the field at the half to a chorus of boos from their hometown fans.”
Edmonton’s next game is scheduled for Sunday, July 7, on the road against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.