FREEMAN - RIDERS GET TWO W'S AND A GLIMPSE OF SOME FREEMAN MAGIC IN THE PROCESS
(Billings MT - UPI) The Rough Riders eeked out a couple of wins to bookend the weekend knocking off Cheyenne and Aurora in two hotly contested battles [of attrition]. Regardless, Rodeo Stadium in Billings was rocking on Thursday and Sunday nights with the home crowd getting their first in-person view of Daniel Freeman
.Riders 21 Wind Jammers 18
- Freeman was 10/30 in this one, with 3 TD's and 3 Int's and just over 200 passing yards. Granger- "It's going to take a little time, I mean...not only is this kid a rookie but he's new to our team!" There are a lot of things to get used to before he's going to fully blossom into everyone's expectations."
It didn't take long for the young QB to "get used" to playing with RB Matt Diaz
. All three of Freeman's TD passes were to Diaz, including the game clincher with over 60 seconds left in the game. Diaz's running game was non-existent but made the most out of the catch-run with 6 catches for 178 yards. The three scoring catches went for 44, 57 and 58 yards, respectively. Defensively the Riders forced two fumbles and a sack in keeping Cheyenne's offense at bay for the entire night. The Wind Jammers scored on a fumble recovery, a safety and FG's only. Billings visits Cheyenne in two weeks.Riders 12 Aurora 9
- Billings' defense once again stood tall in Rodeo Arena on Sunday night, holding the Sky Force to nothing but field goals - making it two straight games that Sherwood and Co. have not allowed a touchdown. And it was the second straight game that there were late-game heroics involved in notching the win. This time it was on the foot of Michael Roark
with a 49 yarder as the clock hit all zeroes.
Freeman's night was pretty rough as well, struggling to complete passes and he put up quite a few! 10/44 for 101 yards and 2 interceptions. Diaz's running game made an appearance with the RB picking up 61 yards on 18 carries and adding another 42 receiving yards.
The bigger news out of this game is the season-ending injury to Bart Gray
, who had just come back from injury. Gray had 6 tackles and 2 FF's and a recovery before leaving the game. Sherwood Williams
is settling into the new defense as he snagged 2 of Gauvin's throws and John Booth
swiped another as the Riders D forced 5 turnovers on the night.
Don't look, now [Riders Fans] - all this late game heroics and winning stuff will be in MAJOR jeopardy on Tuesday night as Billings will go into Rapid City
to take on the Iron Horse who are coming off of their first loss of the season in Syracuse, NY.
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