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Ottawa Redblacks looking to win consecutive games for the first time

07/03/2015 05:43 EDT | Updated 07/03/2016 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Redblacks would love nothing more than to make a little history in their home opener Saturday night against the B.C. Lions.

After winning their season opener against the Montreal Alouettes, the Redblacks (1-0) have an opportunity to win a second straight game — something that eluded them in their inaugural season.

Winning in Montreal was also a first for the Redblacks, who did not post a road victory last year. It has them brimming with confidence as they prepare to host the Lions (0-0).

"We want to take the momentum from last week," said receiver Chris Williams. "Every time you're coming off a win you're feeling good about yourself."

Trailing early in the fourth quarter, Ottawa was able to take advantage of its opportunities and didn't relinquish the lead once they had it.

"We knew we had it in us, I guess we just had to see it on the field," added Williams. "Now guys really know what type of team we really have because we didn't really play that well in the first half, but we just kept fighting and I think it was a big boost for us."

The Redblacks were 0-2 against B.C. last season, but wide receiver Ernest Jackson is now a member of the home team. Last season, he burned Ottawa with a career-high nine-catch, 195-yard receiving performance in a 41-3 B.C. rout.

"I'm going to go out there like I do every game and get it done regardless of what team it is or whoever," said Jackson.

Ottawa quarterback Henry Burris will be looking to make improvements. He threw three interceptions in the opening half against Montreal.

"We've just got to relax," said Burris. "I think it's all about us being comfortable and relaxed and focused. Last week we were jitterbugs. I think we just need to come out calm and composed and I know guys will be excited, but we need to stay focused when we're between the lines and everything else will take care of itself."

Redblacks backup quarterback Brad Sinopoli has also been looking forward to this game since signing with the team as a free agent last winter. The former University of Ottawa pivot has fond memories of playing at TD Place.

"It's going to be special," said Sinopoli. "It's already been pretty cool. The stadium looks a little different than when I played here and I'm really looking forward to it."

Notes: The Redblacks will make a number of changes to their lineup for Saturday's game. Defensive lineman Andrew Marshall will replace defensive end Connor Williams, linebacker Malik Jackson takes over from Travis Brown, defensive back Brandon Thompson is in for Jermaine Robinson and Jock Sanders is in for running back Jeremiah Johnson. … The Redblacks are looking for their 10th straight sellout. As of Friday afternoon, there were still over 500 tickets remaining.

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