Kicker's son is born

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Noel Prefontaine is putting his body through quite a test this week.

The Edmonton Eskimos kicker has covered a good portion of the country in the last few days - Edmonton to Toronto to Vancouver - to see the birth of his baby boy Noah and still be on the field tonight at B.C. Place.

Missing three Eskimo practice sessions this week to be with his wife Tanya in Ontario isn't a concern for the 11-year CFL veteran.

But the lack of sleep this week might be a bit of a problem when the fourth quarter rolls around during the Eskimos-B.C. Lions game at B.C. Place tonight (8:30 p.m. MT, TSN, CHED).

Still, Prefontaine wouldn't have changed a thing this week.

"It really couldn't have worked out any better. It was nice for him to come out on the day (born Wednesday) he was supposed to come out. It has been a great couple of days," Prefontaine told Sun Media before boarding a plane at Toronto's Pearson airport yesterday to fly to Vancouver.

With Noah entering the world in healthy condition and allowing Prefontaine to fly to Vancouver to play in tonight's game means the Esks don't have to use raw rookie punter/kicker Derek Schiavone as an emergency replacement.

Prefontaine has a solid 76.2% success rate on field goals and a 47.2 yard punting average this year.

QUICK HITS: The Denver Broncos are interested in signing B.C. defensive end Cameron Wake next year, Sun Media has learned ... The Eskimos will make a gametime decision on receiver Fred Stamps, who suffered a leg injury last week.

If Stamps can't play tonight, Greg Prator will fill the hole. Prator made the trip to Vancouver yesterday...

EXTRA POINT: For the first time ever, the Lions will wear a new decal on their helmets tonight honouring their late leader Bob Ackles. The name BOB will be in big letters over a black Lions' paw print on the orange helmets.

The helmets will be put up for auction after the season to raise money for the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

Ackles died earlier this season.

"This is something very unique and acknowledges what Bob did for football in this country," said B.C. Lions head coach Wally Buono.

PARTING SHOT: "I just hope that I'm fortunate to be a better father (to Noah) than a football player," said Prefontaine on being a father for the first time this week.


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