Johnny on the spot

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

There was plenty of gawking Saturday night at McMahon Stadium, thanks to the first appearance of suspended NFL running back Ricky Williams.

Yet the Calgary Stampeders defenders, including linebacker John Grace, certainly weren't caught standing around watching the controversial and talented Toronto Argos ball carrier.

Grace, making his second start after sitting four contests, wrapped up Williams three times, including once in the backfield for a two-yard loss.

Grace registered seven tackles in Calgary's 39-18 win, the team's sixth win in its last seven CFL contests.

"He's a good back who runs faster than he looks and stretches the field out on you," said Grace, who helped hold Williams to 57 yards rushing on 11 carries.

"When he runs laterally and I had to chase him, I misjudged just how fast he was going. You can't overplay him because then he'll stop and cut back and has enough power you can't reach back and bring him down. Overall, he's a solid running back.

"When he runs the ball he attacks your shoulder so you can't get a good lick on him. His vision is good."

Grace's night included a memorable collision with Williams in the second quarter, with the Stamps linebacker uncharacteristically giving up ground to the running back.

"I read the play the wrong way and I was trying to run back," Grace explained.

"I stopped and basically I just caught him, not like a head-on collision. He dove into me and I wasn't attacking the line of scrimmage like I should have been."

DALES OVERSHADOWED: Placekicker Sandro DeAngelis' six-for-six night on field goals overshadowed another fine outing by Stampeders punter Burke Dales.

Dales booted the ball five times for a 50.8-yard average despite a shank that wound up hopping down the field after a fortunate bounce.

"It could have been better but I had a couple of mishits and there was the one bad one that rolled," Dales said.

"I got that off the side of my foot and shanked one on the third or fourth punt when I was trying to directionally punt it."

The solid outing was made even better by virtue of having punting idol Noel Prefontaine watching the Collingwood, Ont., native from the Toronto Argos sidelines.

"He's somebody I've always respected," said Dales, who entered the weekend trailing only Prefontaine for punting average.

"He's been an all-star the last five or six years and he's been somebody I've respected over the years, a very consistent punter."

KNOCK ON WOOD: The Stamps continue to enjoy a remarkably lucky run of games without serious injuries. DB Coby Rhinehart injured his knee against the Argos but won't miss any games.

Veteran right tackle Jeff Pilon (knee), appears ready to return to the lineup Saturday in Toronto. His replacement, Tyler Lynem, has played well enough that the Stamps don't feel the need to rush Pilon back into the lineup.

Defensive tackle/long-snapper Randy Chevrier has been hampered by a sore hamstring but is expected to play Saturday in Toronto.

"If it's up to me I'm always going to play but I have to be smart about it, too," Chevrier said.

"I feel good, snapped the ball well and still got down field well."

CLAYTON SAFE: Rookie o-lineman Riley Clayton, a fourth-round draft pick out of Manitoba in 2006, was added to the 46-man roster against Toronto to protect him from being claimed off the practice squad. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who have used 12 different starters on the o-line this year, expressed an interest in Clayton, a 'Peg native.


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