When the Riders take on the Bombers on Sunday, you can throw away the records and throw away past history. None of it matters.
The new season begins and on a day with expected kickoff temperature of around -10 degrees, it’s a whole new ball game.
And the ground game could be imperative as Brendon LaBatte of the Riders told the Green Zone on Thursday.
On one side, you have Andrew Harris. The workhorse offensive standout of the Bombers will probably get between 20 and 25 touches on Sunday.
The Riders counter with Cameron Marshall and Marcus Thigpen. A thunder and lightning type duo, who will split the time. Marshall has been very productive recently, while Thigpen took over the East Semi-Final last year to lead the Riders to victory.
But as much as it is running, it’s as much on the defence to stop it.
The Riders and Bombers are almost equal in both running and run stopping.
So what makes the difference, it could just come down to home field, the noise and the energy the players feed off of it.
That’s why I’ll take the Riders to advance to next week’s West Final.