'Gades won't give up

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

The Renegades are still alive -- just barely.

A win over Montreal at home on Saturday would extend Ottawa's playoff aspirations into the final week of the season

The Renegades would then need another victory over Toronto at home on Nov. 5, combined with a Saskatchewan loss at B.C. later that night.

If all that happens -- and it's a longshot -- the Renegades would qualify for the CFL post-season for the first time in the club's four-year history.

SOMBRE MEETING

Coach Joe Paopao reviewed this scenario with the players yesterday during a meeting at Frank Clair Stadium.

"The mood was sombre because we've come down to crunch time and we lost a game that we should have won," said linebacker Jason Kralt, referring to last Friday's 40-32 loss in Hamilton.

"Joe told us that we're either going to pack up the tent, or we're going to fight. He was positive at the end because we still have a shot at this."

Kralt also spoke of his frustration with the team's performance against the Tiger-Cats.

"We seem to not want to help ourselves when we can,'' he said. ''When somebody says to us, 'Here, take this gift,' we say, 'Naw, just leave it there because we don't want it right now.' ''

Offensive lineman Val St. Germain hasn't given up hope.

"I've been on teams with losing records that have made the playoffs before," he said. "Once you get in, you never know what's going to happen. It's a second season and it's a new lease on life."


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