DeAngelis feels kicking colleague's pain

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Sandro DeAngelis feels Justin Medlock's pain.

The kicking fraternity is a tight one in the CFL, and DeAngelis obviously felt bad watching Medlock stand by instead of getting a chance at a tying field goal Friday night.

Instead, Toronto Argonauts head coach Bart Andrus opted for a passing attempt, leaving his kicker a bit miffed.

The result benefitted DeAngelis and the Calgary Stampeders, who won 23-20 to improve to 4-4, but the CFL's most accurate kicker of all-time wouldn't have second-guessed his coach.

"Whenever you don't get a chance on the field goals you think you can make, it's always disappointing," DeAngelis said.

"At the same time, you understand the coach has a lot of experience and he knows what he's doing. He's your boss.

"You have to listen to your boss just like any line of work. The competitor in you wants to be out there, and there's always a method to the madness. I just trust the years of experience."

Medlock and DeAngelis were locked in an interesting battle Friday night, of two of the most dead-on kickers this season.

Both were perfect with DeAngelis hitting a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter to take a 16-13 lead.

Medlock didn't get his chance, despite improving to 20-of-21 this season for a 95.1% average.

Other than Medlock, only Noel Prefontaine of the Edmonton Eskimos, who kicked a 48-yard game-winner Saturday night against Hamilton, has a better percentage (94.1%) than DeAngelis (90.9%) this season.

"Justin's an excellent kicker," DeAngelis said.

"He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs if I'm not mistaken.

"He's been through the gamut and all the highs of being drafted and lows of being cut.

"He's a skilled guy, and I'm sure the Argos are happy with what he's been doing this year."

The Argos are at Hamilton for the early Labour Day game next Monday.


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