People across the city donned their Roughrider best for Green Day on Friday ahead of the East final, and the next generation of Rider fans were no different.
Students and teachers at W.S. Hawrylak School in Regina were encouraged to wear their green and white Friday to represent their Rider pride.
One Grade 6 and 7 classroom was a mini sea of green.
Lucas Stasuik said he has a tradition of watching every playoff game with his dad. He also has great memories of the Riders 2013 Grey Cup win.
“All the streets by the stadium were full of fans,” Stasuik remembered. “They came to our school and brought the Grey Cup to our school.”
Stasuik’s favourite players this year are Kevin Glenn and Duron Carter and he has high hopes for them this Sunday.
“I’m hoping we win and keep our streak going.”
Nicholas Mrazek said he watches every Rider game at his grandparents’ house. He also has a special memory of the team.
“When I was in Grade 3 I had appendicitis and the Riders came to visit me in the hospital,” Mrazek said, explaining that he has their autographs at home.
Abigail Wright and Evan Hantke-Macdonald both said their dads have taught them everything they know about the Roughriders.
“I really hope the Riders win against the Argonauts and I hope that the Riders have a chance to get to the Grey Cup,” Wright said.
Evan Hantke-Macdonald is confident Saskatchewan’s team will go all the way.
“I think that we are going to win … because the Riders are awesome!”