Kicker boots early jitters

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:27 AM ET

Growing up in Roswell, N.M., Clinton Greathouse knew all about alien invasions. Down the road from his house is the site of the infamous 1947 alien landing, which has now been found as a hoax.

But the Calgary Stampeders kicker had a familiar feeling since arriving in the CFL.

Greathouse stepped into a different world last week at Commonwealth Stadium and the performance was by his own standard a crash landing.

He's looking to redeem himself tonight against the Ottawa Renegades at McMahon Stadium (7 p.m., subject to blackout).

"I've been focusing on little things, watching what I did wrong on tape," said Greathouse, who went 1-for-2 in field goals, missing from 36, and punted 10 times for a 39.1-yard average.

"In punting, I'm trying to get the ball downfield. Those are little minute things but they can get my confidence back up."

Greathouse makes his second straight start in the place of Charlie Hebert, who was enjoying a fine season until he went down with an ankle injury on Labour Day.

Last week, Greathouse bobbled two snaps, one returned for a touchdown, in what GM-head coach Matt Dunigan described as anxiety taking over in a pressure situation.

"I expect a better performance out of Clinton," Dunigan said yesterday. "I'd like to see instant success but he was a bit nervous and it just wasn't there last week."

By coming to the team mid-season, Greathouse knows he needs to capitalize on this opportunity to stick around, even in a backup capacity.

But he's still a long way from stealing Hebert's job and becoming a permanent fixture on the team.


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