Spencer doesn’t mince words in win over Riders

OTTAWA — REDBLACKS receiver Diontae Spencer’s war of words with enigmatic Saskatchewan cornerback Duron Carter did not end with the final whistle of Ottawa’s 40-17 win over the Riders on Thursday Night Football.

“I guess they had a good vacation,” Spencer quipped in a post-game interview with Ottawa’s TSN 1200. “They came and saw Parliament. Pack your bags and go home.”

The speedy Ottawa wideout had a running battle with Carter throughout the night, and wound up with 82 receiving yards and a key third-quarter touchdown which made it a three-score game.

“I don’t wanna talk about it, (but) from now on, he’s not 89,” Spencer told CFL.ca. “I never let anybody with No. 89 cover me. All he does is talk — he knows what’s up with me. He’s got to change his number if he wants to play against me next time.”

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Much had been made in the lead-up to Thursday’s contest about Carter playing defensive back — Chris Jones said he had improved as a DB, while Carter himself said he was not scared of Ottawa’s receivers.

“We nice, we know we nice. We don’t need anybody to tell us we’re good,” continued Spencer, who said Ottawa’s 40-point outburst was “100 per cent” a message to the rest of the league. “We tough all around the board — it don’t matter who it is, from Greg (Ellingson) to D(ominique) Rhymes to Brad (Sinopoli) to Noel (Thomas Jr.), we tough.”


The REDBLACKS performed well on both sides of the ball, racking up 459 yards of offence and limiting the Riders to 304 yards prior to garbage time.

“It’s a good thing (to win) because winning doesn’t come easy in this league, (and) our guys are pretty humble,” said Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell. “It’s important (to win at home) because we love our fans and all that, but our guys have been really good about not getting caught up in home or away, or opponent or all that. They go about their business and don’t get caught up in the other stuff.”

The REDBLACKS will head west to face the Calgary Stampeders (1-0) in next week’s edition of Thursday Night Football (9 p.m. ET).