Garrett admits 'I just wasn't good enough'

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

CALGARY -- Nik Lewis spent the week spouting off.

But when the lights were turned on and the ball started to fly yesterday at McMahon Stadium, Lewis showed off.

After trashing talking and bashing the Edmonton secondary in the days leading up to the Stamps-Esks battle, Lewis backed-up his words with a marvellous performance.

The sophomore slotback sensation finished with a game-high eight catches and 145 yards against Edmonton's Shannon Garrett, who Lewis said was too old to cover him.

But the most important fact was Lewis scored a touchdown, the first TD scored against Garrett this season.

However, after the Stamps' decisive 43-23 victory, Lewis was singing a different tune after making headlines through the week in the Edmonton Sun.

"I kind of feel like some of my teammates didn't appreciate what I said," remarked Lewis, "but at the same time, that's me.

"I knew I had to play great and if I didn't everybody would have had something to say. Out of respect to (coach) Tom (Higgins), I'm not going to do it again."

Included in Lewis's list of shots before the game was: "If (the Edmonton secondary) expects to cover me, they can't cover me with one person."

To no surprise, Garrett didn't have much to say after the season.

"I just wasn't good enough," said Garrett.

"I didn't make enough plays."

Lewis's outstanding afternoon moved him to second-place on the CFL receiving chart for the year with 1,379 yards.

But he might not have a chance to have a second outstanding afternoon in the span of a week against Garrett.

The 31-year-old veteran strained a quad muscle in his right leg on Lewis's 20-yard TD score in the fourth quarter.

His status for next week's semifinal is unknown.

However, he spent considerable time after the game in the trainer's room with a massive ice bag taped to his right leg.

LATE HITS: Ace returner Tony Tompkins joined Garrett on the trainer's table after the game with ice taped to one of his ankles. He could have returned punts late in the game, but the coaching staff kept him on the sidelines as a precaution.


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