Big hit earns Nik 'Gladiator' status

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

TORONTO -- It was fitting Nik Lewis picked up the Friday Night Gladiator watch last night.

He knocked Zeke Moreno into next week with a timely block.

With quarterback Henry Burris scrambling, the Calgary Stampeders slotback caught the Toronto Argonauts middle linebacker with a devastating shoulder to the chest.

Burris completed a six-yard pass to Teyo Johnson and the Stamps were able to get a tying field goal during the 23-20 victory.

Afterwards, Lewis was presented with a watch from TSN's Glen Suitor.

It also didn't hurt that Lewis had five catches for 188 yards, including a 52-yarder late in the fourth quarter.

"It goes on the highlight reel," Lewis said of the hit.

"Some of their guys said I'm a marked man now but I said I've been marked every since I hit Cam Wake last year.

"It's all legal. You can't mark somebody if it's legal.

"Hank was running for his life and I tried to do whatever I could."

Asked for reaction on the hit, lockermate Jeremaine Copeland could barely find the right words.

"Just ooo. Put a whole lot of Os in a row. Oooooo. That was my reaction," Copeland said.

It left Moreno down on the field for a lengthy time and he didn't return to the game.

The former Blue Bomber and Tiger-Cat was having a great game with an interception, knockdown and fumble recovery.

"I was going to talk to him and see if he's OK but he left the field and I didn't see him," said Lewis.

"You can't take anything away from them.

"That's a great defence. They did a lot of things sound on that defence."


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