Schiavone shows his stuff

CON GRIWKOWSKY

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

If he'd missed more game, Derek Schiavone might have had his face plastered all over a milk carton.

Schiavone has been on the practice roster all season while veteran Noel Prefontaine has handled all the kicking duties.

Last night, the possible Eskimos kicker of the future finally go a chance to show what he could do.

Schiavone was good on all three field goal attempts (21, nine and 28 yards), punted three times and booted five kickoffs.

For the former University of Western Ontario Mustangs kicker who the Eskimos signed as a free agent in May, just getting into a game was a good first step.

"Yesterday, when I was told I was playing, I was a little nervous," said Schiavone.

"I controlled my feelings. When I came out today, I was surprised by being not nervous. I did really well in warmups.

"Pre was there helping me out, so it made it a lot more easier on me.

"After the first kick, it was like I was back in the game again."

The CFL rookie has been tutored by Prefontaine all season, an unusual situation that has given him an interesting perspective.

When Prefontaine was released by the Argos after they had signed Mike Vanderjagt, it gave Schiavone an entire season to get comfortable with the pro game,

Every day at practise, the two kickers are solitary figures on the Clarke Park field while the rest of the team goes through its paces on the adjacent practise field.

"I'm very fortunate, even though I'm not starting and I'm on the practise roster," said Schiavone.

"I probably wouldn't have been able to do as good as I did if he hadn't been helping me out all year. I'm grateful for that."

His trickiest field goal was the bad-angle nine-yarder, but having three short-distance chances, Schiavone made no mistake.

"Sometimes, the shorter ones have tougher angles, they're tougher to hit straight," said Schiavone. "Once I got the first kick out, I was good."


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