November 4, 2012
Paredes may benefit from Eskimos' ice-the-kicker attempt
By Ian Busby, QMI Agency
CALGARY - If Rene Paredes wins most outstanding special teams player in the West Division, he might have to send Kavis Reed a thank-you card.
Had Paredes’ miss counted Friday, the Calgary Stampeders kicker’s average would have dropped, and it might have cost the Stamps a win.
And it would have been the sophomore’s only chance at a game-winner, which he failed.
Luckily for Paredes, the Edmonton Eskimos head coach called a timeout right before the snap, negating Paredes’ wide-left attempt.
With a second chance, he was dead perfect, and the Stamps walked off with a 30-27 victory.
“If you watch the replay, I kicked it and turned to the sidelines and celebrated with the team,” Paredes said. “As soon as I hit it, I knew it was good.”
Paredes finishes the season 40-of-43 on field-goal attempts, for a 93% efficiency. Had he missed, his efficiency would be 90.7%.
Regardless, he has the second-most-accurate season in history, and he is the fourth player in CFL history to go over 90%, joining the likes of Paul McCallum (2011, 94.3%), Lui Passaglia (90.9%) and Dave Ridgway (90.6%).
McCallum missed just three times last season and was named CFL special teams player of the year. The West Division nomination comes out Wednesday, and Paredes would be thrilled to get it.
“It would be a huge accomplishment,” Paredes said. “If I win it, I would feel blessed. It’s just my second year, and I’m doing things a lot of guys haven’t done. I’m proud of myself for going out there and doing my job.”
The secret is probably out on ‘icing’ Paredes in the future.
On Friday night, the extra time helped him quite a bit.
“I was a little bit rushed because it was second down and we had 12 seconds left,” Paredes said. “I thought they would go one more play. I was rushed into the field.
“Once it left my foot, I knew I missed it. I heard the whistle as soon as I hit the ball. I was relieved. I stepped back, took a couple of breaths and swings. I always like to reset again and do the same routine. I picked up (my tee), walked away and took a couple of swings. I approached it like a new kick.”
Franklin out for semi
Arjei Franklin hopes his season isn’t done.
But the Stampeders receiver might need his teammates to pick up a win or two before he comes back.
Franklin left Friday’s win over the Eskimos with a knee injury, a similar problem he suffered Sept. 7 in Edmonton, which cost him five weeks. With the Grey Cup in three weeks, the prognosis doesn’t look good.
“I have to hope and work with the intention of being back this season,” Franklin said. “If I don’t do that, there’s nothing to work for. I will approach this with the intention of being ready as soon as possible, whether it’s Week 2 or Week 3 of the playoffs ... It’s all I can do.”
The Stamps might be in a crunch for Canadian receivers as both Johnny Forzani and Anthony Parker are out with ankle sprains. Parker is closer to returning, but won’t be available this week.