Darian Durant and Weston Dressler upstaged Henry
Burris and Andy Fantuz.
Durant threw four TD passes, including three to Dressler, to lead
the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a convincing 43-16 win over Hamilton
in the CFL opener for both teams on Friday night.
The Ticats were one of the CFL's most active teams this
off-season, acquiring the 37-year-old Burris _ the 2010 CFL's
outstanding player _ from Calgary and also making the biggest splash
in free agency by signing Fantuz, the six-foot-four, 220-pound
slotback who spent his first six seasons with Saskatchewan and was
the league's top Canadian in 2010. The 28-year-old Fantuz signed a
four-year deal reportedly worth $190,000 annually to play closer to
his hometown of Chatham, Ont.
But while an Ivor Wynne Stadium gathering of 25,682 came
expecting offensive fireworks from Burris and Fantuz, it was Durant
and Dressler who stole the show.
Durant finished 25-of-34 passing for 390 yards and was sacked
just once, while Dressler was his favourite target with 13 catches
for 180 yards.
Burris was 28-of-39 passing for 284 yards and an interception,
while Fantuz had a quiet night with five catches for 49 yards. Chris
Williams, the CFL's top rookie last season, had a career-high nine
receptions for 109 yards.