Nick Arbuckle had good reason to wrap up the game of his life on Saturday.
Having started the first three games of the season back at Commonwealth Stadium against the Edmonton Elks team, he was given the keys to the Ottawa Redblacks’ offense at the start of Season 4.
It wasn’t enough for this town, and a third-year pivot showed how wrong his idea was for the Elks to trade him for a fourth-round draft pick in July, trailing the Redblacks 25-18. led to victory.
Ottawa improved to 2-8 at bottom of the East, while the Elks are now 3-8 and have lost their last 13 straight home games. Both teams have won at each other’s stadiums in the home-and-away series he started a week ago with a 30-12 victory over Edmonton.
Three of Edmonton’s last seven games of the regular season have been played at home, making it the second straight game in the annual Labor Day Series. Ottawa, on the other hand, have had troubles to worry about at home, and in the last 20 tries he’s TD Place, he’s the only one he’s won at the stadium.
Arbuckle passed for 219 yards on 21 of 32 passes and ran for one touchdown, while Taylor Cornelius completed only 14 of 37 attempts for 287 yards and passed. There was also one cut.
Kenny Lawler gained 146 yards on just three catches for the Elks, while former Edmonton draft pick Nate Behar gained 101 yards on four receptions for the visitors.
After feeling sick quarters on both sides despite facing each other the week before, Cornelius hit a diving roller on a 53-yard connection and Sergio Castillo set up a 32-yard field goal. and put the Elks on the board first. .
Dillon Mitchell then came up with a 45-yard grab on Edmonton’s next drive down the field, but turned the ball over on a down just short of the red zone.
And Arbuckle used that as a signal to dig himself deep, hitting Behar 49 yards downfield, setting up in the red zone with a 24-yard toss to Durvin Adams, and finishing the drive with a 1-yard sneak.
This gave the visitors a 6-3 lead heading into the second quarter, as Lewis Ward’s struggling season continued with a wide right off point after point.
However, they scored all seven points on the next touchdown, with a 2-yard QB keeper by backup Caleb Evans winning on a 10-play, 74-yard drive that extended Ottawa’s lead to double digits.
Edmonton punted the ball back to them after Patrick Rebels ran around rookie right tackle Andrew Garnett to make his debut in the Canadian Football League.
With Evans lining up second and first for the short yardage, Behar instead popped out for a 33-yard gain to reach the Edmonton 22-yard line. He then caught a 19-yard pass and fumbled it on the goal line, only to see it recovered by Redblacks center Darius Ciraco.
This ended a 7-play, 64-yard drive manufactured by the worst team in the league as Evans sent a 1-yard keeper into the end zone and the Redblacks led 20-3. The third unanswered measure of the half.
This is what Edmonton did to them a week earlier in Ottawa, starting the second half with a touchdown on three consecutive drives.
Both sides took turns turning the ball over, and a 50-yard grab by Lawler topped triple figures, setting up a 27-yard field goal attempt by Castillo, but it was blocked by Davon Coleman to close out the half. .
The Elks found the end zone midway through the third quarter and Cornelius strutting in from four yards on a quick five-play drive that started in Ottawa territory, cutting Ottawa’s lead to half to 20–10.
They turned around and conceded safety on the other side of the field, giving Ottawa a 12 lead going into the final quarter when Ward scored a 28-yard field goal to make it 25–10, the Redblacks.
In third and second in Ottawa territory, short-yard quarterback Kyrox Lee dashed for a 21-yard gain and the Redblacks took advantage of only 11 players lined up. did. A 2-point conversion closed the gap to 7 points with 4:44 remaining as Cornelius punched in for a 1-yard touchdown.
Facing 3rd and 10th with two minutes remaining, Edmonton’s comeback bid saw Cornelius fall short of the chain in a scramble the Redblacks had to expect on one drive and Lawler sideline on another. Failed when the ball was flipped over. What looked like a foot injury.
inside and outside: Elks DL Ese Mrabure was sent off midway through the third quarter after his trainer held his left arm. DT Makana Henry had to be rescued off the field in his final 80 seconds… Redblacks WR Darvin Adams with his two minutes remaining he limped after being hit by S Scott Hutter. rice field. League Sack co-leader Lorenzo Mauldin left midway through the final frame.
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The Edmonton Elks dropped to 13th at home while the Redblacks picked up their second win.
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