'Gades beat themselves up

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

REGINA -- This time, the fighting hurt someone.

It hurt the Renegades.

In keeping with the spirit of the week, SB Demetris Bendross was thrown out of yesterday's loss to Saskatchewan early in the second quarter for throwing punches.

The ejection crippled Ottawa's offence, as Bendross is second on the team in touchdowns with seven.

The object of Bendross' ire was Roughriders DB Darnell Edwards, who pushed the Renegades receiver to the ground a couple of times after a Kerry Joseph pass was intercepted in the end zone.

"The last time, he pushed me through the facemask," said Bendross, who watched twice last week as fights broke out at Renegades practice. "I know what I did was wrong, but the ref wasn't doing anything, so I had to take matters into my own hands.

"I drove him into the stands, and when I did, he didn't like it. I felt a nudge, so I started swinging.

"I'm just trying to protect myself. I could have got hurt."

While Edwards was without a helmet during the confrontation, he was not injured. While Bendross was throwing, he didn't land much of anything.

Ah, yes, it was that kind of day for the Renegades.

HIGH AND OUTSIDE: The Renegades fell for the ol' raised eyebrow play yesterday. Saskatchewan WR Travis Moore was so obviously offside on his 18-yard TD reception in the second quarter -- everybody knew it but the men in stripes -- that as he crossed the line, he looked at Ottawa DB Anthony Malbrough and stopped, expecting to hear a whistle that never sounded. So off he took, leaving a surprised Malbrough in his tracks and pulling in a Henry Burris pass for the major. "He knew he was offside and when he looked at me, his eyebrows went up like, 'Uh-oh, I'm caught,' " said Malbrough. "A few plays before the same thing happened and they blew the whistle. This time, they didn't. It was stupid on my part. I've got to finish the play. Coach always tells us, 'Don't rely on the ref.' If I would've played that play, he wouldn't have got a touchdown. He knows he got a gift on that one." ... Frustration boiled over in the third quarter, when Joseph waived his arm and screamed at the Ottawa bench for not sending the play in quick enough. TV cameras caught coach Paopao waiving his arm and scream "shut the hell up" back at his QB ... David Azzi has been thrown two balls this season, his first with the Renegades, and he has caught them both. Yesterday, he picked up his first touchdown and reluctantly kept the ball as a souvenir. "People told me to so I did," said Azzi. "But I didn't want to. It was quite meaningless. I wish I would have scored it when we were winning, or for the winning touchdown. The way I see it, I'm still looking for that first touchdown."

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM...: Renegades C George Hudson is not impressed by the rowdies at Taylor Field. "All I can say is some of the people here are classless," Hudson said, refusing to get specific. "They're saying things they shouldn't. When you buy a ticket, it entitles you only to so much. I don't care how much you pay for it. You can't cross the line." ... For some reason, the Renegades keep trying to hit Sherrod Gideon with the bomb. Joseph had him open inside the Riders' 15 late in the first quarter, and while the throw was a little long, it also looked catchable. Gideon, aka "Birdman," didn't extend his wings, and it's not the first time he's been guilty of such a crime ... After kicking a 53-yard field goal to win the game last week, Sandro Sciortino could have had a chance to four-up himself on Ottawa's opening drive but Joe Paopao elected to send in punter Pat Fleming rather than allow Sciortino attempt one from 57 yards out. Sciortino might have had a chance at it, as he did have a wind that was gusting from 17-30 km/h at his back ... Sciortino was sent in for only one field-goal try, a 40-yarder into the wind with his team trailing by 14 in the fourth quarter. He hit the left upright.

CHIP SHOTS: There may be no less enjoyable an experience than watching a game in the press box reserved for reporters at Taylor Field on a bright afternoon. Not only is the sun in your eyes the whole day, but the magnifying glass they use for windows ensures the sweat is, too ... Happy belated birthday to former Rough Rider great Ronnie Stewart, who turned 70 on Saturday.


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