October 29, 2012
Stampeders' Maurice Price still enjoying big night
By Scott Fisher, QMI Agency
CALGARY -- Some of the story is fact. Some is speculation.
Maurice Price isn’t about to clear it up.
This is what we know: The Outriders cheer team performed an on-field number that ended up seeing some of the cheerleaders end up in the Stamps huddle.
Price was caught in the middle of the routine.
Rumour is he may have joined in.
“That may or may not have happened,” Price said. “It probably happened.
“I like to have fun. If you can’t have fun, you can do something else.
“That’s just me, though.”
Price had plenty of fun Friday night until his night ended after he slid face-first into an industrial heater on the B.C. Lions bench.
Before that, he torched the Lions for a 53-yard TD — on the exact same play he scored on the previous week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
When it was suggested teams should probably be on the lookout for the hitch pass to Price, he said it’s not that easy.
“I think B.C. was prepared for it,” he said. “But it’s one thing to be prepared for it and another thing to actually get out there and try to stop it.
“The guys did a great job of blocking it. So, even if you know it’s coming, you still have to get around the blocks and make the tackle.”
Once Price got through the hole, he turned on the jets and torched Lions defenders.
“It feels good to know that, if I get out in the open field, nobody’s going to catch me. Nobody,” said Price, who said he’ll accept the self-appointed title of fastest man wearing Red & White.
“There’s a couple of guys — Romby (Bryant), (LaMarcus) Coker, (Johnny) Forzani — but I don’t know.
“I always like to say I’m the fastest, but I have yet to race any of those guys. But I think I’m the fastest, so that’s what I’m going to say.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-lb. speedster said he wasn’t always so fleet of foot.
“I wasn’t the fastest when I was little,” he said. “I was always athletic, but I wasn’t always fast when I was smaller. I had to develop my speed.
“I probably wasn’t that fast until I was a junior or senior in high school.”
Price finished with four catches for 104 yards against the Lions for his first career 100-yard game in the CFL.
He said the century mark is just the start for him.
“I went in with the mindset that I wanted to have a good game and redeem myself from playing them the first time,” Price said. “I was on a mission.
“It feels good to get my first 100-yard game. I want to continue to build off that and get better.”
And it looks like he’ll get that chance this Friday in Edmonton after he avoided what could have been a catastrophic injury during the bizarre sideline slide.
“I was defenceless,” he said. “It happened so fast.
“Luckily, the helmet was a little banged up and not me.”
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