Stamps rookie goes the distance

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

A career-best at a key time.

Just what a team needs from a rookie placekicker.

Just what the Calgary Stampeders needed to make the difference in Saturday night’s 23-20 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Lost in the euphoria of Ken-Yon Rambo’s triumphant return, Nik Lewis’ monster game and perfectly timed stuff job by the defence in the final minute was the outing from rookie kicker Rob Maver.

His fourth-quarter 45-yard field goal proved to be the difference. Actually, it was the second the freshman made on the night from that distance, and both were clutch.

“Yeah, it’s cool,” Maver said. “But it’s my job. I don’t really care about the distance of the kick. As long as everybody does what they’re going to do, if I get good wood on the ball, it’s gonna go in from pretty far.”

The first time Maver hit from 45 yards was early in the second quarter, and it seemed the 10-0 lead it created was setting the tone of a one-sided outing.

However, he needed another from the same spot late in the game to round out Calgary’s scoring.

Sure, it’s a milestone distance — at least until he drills one from 50 or more — but Maver figured it was no big deal.

“They already knew (I could do) that. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have drafted me,” he said. “The team already believed in me.”

He’s efficiently proven why the Stamps had that faith. Maver has hit 13-of-14 field goals to start his career.

The man he replaced — Sandro DeAngelis — left Calgary the CFL’s all-time most accurate kicker in history, but he has hit only 7-of-12 for the Hamilton squad he joined via free agency.

“I have confidence in him, or I wouldn’t have tried him,” head coach John Hufnagel said. “It’s always good to see a player on your team have success, and Rob’s kicking the ball awfully well right now.”


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