Stampeders' Charleston Hughes has history against Roughriders
By SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
|Stampeders defensive lineman Charleston Hughes during a break in action against the Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta., Sept. 14, 2012. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - If Charleston Hughes could put a personal highlight reel together, there would be a lot of green and white on the screen.
The Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman has feasted on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in recent years.
So obviously, he can’t wait to face the Riders Sunday in Regina, right?
“Why does everyone keep saying that?” Hughes asked.
Well, let’s look at thedamage.
In Week 9, Hughes was named CFL defensive player of the week after recording a pair of sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in a 17-10 win in Regina.
Last year, he had a 71-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a 67-yard interception return in separate games against the Roughriders.
Maybe that’s why, Charleston.
“I don’t know,” Hughes said. “I’ve been playing well against everybody lately.
“So far, it’s been one of my better seasons.”
That’s true. It’s not like he goes off against the Riders and then disappears against everyone else.
The 6-foot-1, 244-pounder has racked up a half-dozen sacks this season, just one back of B.C. Lions star Keron Williams, who leads the league.
“I try to have the same performance against every team,” Hughes said. “Maybe it happens better against some teams.”
Hughes and the Stamps defence will have to prepare for two quarterbacks.
Injured starter Darian Durant missed last weekend’s game in Montreal and is questionable for Sunday’s tilt. If he can’t go, rookie Drew Willy will get his second straight start for the Riders.
Hughes said it doesn’t matter to him which pivot he’ll be chasing.
“I expect to see either one,” Hughes said. “I hope to see them both, so I can at least have a chance to hit one of them. See them both personally, up close. Maybe whisper something into their helmet.”
Hughes said the defence will turn up the heat this week in practice after last weekend’s lopsided 44-3 blowout of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“We’re going to have to prepare a little harder because Saskatchewan is always a tough team to beat, especially at home,” Hughes said.
“All we can do is come out and play our best ball game. It’s a wild place and it’s a great atmosphere. It brings fun to the game of football for me.”
And if it’s another windy day at Mosaic Field?
No problem, Hughes said.
“It actually makes me faster,” he said. “That strong wind on my back will speed me up a notch.”