In the dark

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

Scott Schultz should get consideration for the CFL quote of the year.

The Saskatchewan defensive tackle sat in the dark for nearly 30 minutes in the Rider dressing room during the freak power outage Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium.

"I felt like I was at a rave," said Schultz, painting the picture inside the Rider room. "Everyone took out their cell-phones and waving it around. I thought: Where is the ecstasy?"

The Eskimos were also sitting in the dark underneath the west-side grandstand.

Unfortunately, the back-up generator didn't kick in right away. At least a maintenance worker was able to give the Eskimos a flashlight to use.

"You are starting to tighten up and some of those dings and nicks that you have kind of accumulated throughout the game start to ache a little bit more," said Ricky Ray, on waiting out the 58-minute delay because of the electrical storm.

It's not Eskimos first blackout experience in Regina.

"I can't remember what year it was - it would have been 1995 or 1996 - we had the exact same thing happen here," said kicker Sean Fleming.

"A thunderstorm came through. It sent us inside and the lights went out. We were in here for 45 or 50 minutes."

If the game had been suspended Saturday night, two 10-minute halves would have been played on Sunday.

The ball would have been kicked off to start, meaning the Riders would have not scrimmaged from Edmonton's 44-yard line after forcing Fleming to abort a punt.

A junior game was scheduled for 1 p.m. at Mosaic Stadium.

The Eskimos would have also missed their flights home in the morning. And there would have been ticketing nightmares.


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