September 10, 2011
Rookie receiver happy with timely tackle
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - The stat-sheet will show two catches, Anthony Parker’s most productive night as a pro.
His biggest grab, though, was recorded as a tackle.
With the Calgary Stampeders hanging onto to a 17-6 lead in the third quarter of Friday’s Labour Day Replay at Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton Eskimos halfback Chris Thompson picked off a Henry Burris pass and was making a bee-line for the endzone when Parker tripped him up.
“If I don’t make that tackle, he has a chance to score so I’m definitely happy that I was able to stick an arm out and knock him down,” Parker said. “You just get there any way you can. I was fortunate to see it happen, see it take place, and I was able to be in the right position.”
The Stamps defence limited the Eskimos to a field goal after Thompson’s interception, maintaining their one-touchdown lead and rolling to a 30-20 victory.
Parker, a former Calgary Dinos star and the Stamps’ first-round selection in the 2011 CFL Draft, was pressed into action on offence after slotback Jabari Arthur was sidelined with bleeding in his thigh and knee.
Robert McCune suffered a knee injury that could keep him out for a few weeks, with rookie Akwasi Antwi filling in at middle linebacker.
“My young guys have played a lot of football this year,” Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said. “They have made plays for us.”