Elks earn dramatic win over Roughriders with late field goal


The Edmonton Elks survived a late charge from the Saskatchewan Roughriders to record a 26-24 victory Friday night.

Kicker Sergio Castillo hit a 47-yard field goal with 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for Regina.

Saskatchewan, which trailed 23-14 early in the fourth, took a 24-23 lead with 1:08 left on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Cody Fajardo to Kian Schaffer-Baker.

The Elks improve to 4-10 with the win while the Riders drop to 6-8 as they head into a bye week.

WATCH | Castillo of the Elks throws the winning basket against the Riders:

Elks Sergio Castillo hits a late field goal to seal the win over the Roughriders

Edmonton defeated Saskatchewan 26-24 in a home-and-away game Friday night in Regina.

Edmonton’s offense totaled 423 net yards behind an impressive 202 rushing yards.

Quarterback Taylor Cornelius completed 13 of 24 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. He also added 93 rushing yards on eight carries. Running back Kevin Brown eclipsed the 100-yard mark, gaining 109 yards on 14 carries.

Edmonton controlled the score for much of the game despite 12 penalties for 158 yards.

Despite the mishaps, the offense used big plays to take advantage of a shaky Saskatchewan defence.

Cornelius connected with Dillon Mitchell on a 77-yard TD reception in the second quarter to take the lead after trailing 10-0 early in the game. On the ground, Cornelius and Brown recorded longs of 56 and 36 yards respectively.

Along with his game-winning field goal, Castillo also hit from 13, 23 and 43 yards.

The Riders, who entered the game giving up a league-high 51 sacks, gave up eight to the Elks.

Wide receiver Shaq Evans scored on a 42-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter for the Riders, while kicker Brett Lauther added three field goals at 39, 34 and 22 yards.

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