Cahoon got a kick out of jackpot winner

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:34 PM ET

Poised to become the first receiver in Alouettes history to string together four consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, Ben Cahoon has a pretty strong kicking leg to go with his sure hands.

He did, however, fail with a 50-yard attempt during practice at Frank Clair Stadium yesterday, claiming he was hampered by cold conditions and noting that he once made a 55-yarder inside B.C. Place.

Prompting yesterday's efforts was the feat of Brian Diesbourg, who hit the jackpot with a successful 50 yarder in a Wendy's Kick for a Million promotion at the Argos game Thursday.

"I was at home, alone, standing and watching (Diesbourg on TV)," said Cahoon. "I was cheering for the guy. It was awesome."

RANEK MILESTONE: Moving in on his own 1,000-yard rushing season is Renegades RB Josh Ranek, who sits at the 981 mark. This would be Ranek's third straight season reaching the plateau by which rushers are generally measured. Ranek and his wife Danielle are awaiting the birth of their first child due Feb. 1 -- the couple's third anniversary. "He or she is going to have to stay in a little longer," said Ranek. "That's going to be our day."

IN MEMORY OF HOLTBY: The Renegades and CHUM Radio yesterday unveiled the Don Holtby Award, which will go annually to the team's most outstanding Canadian player. The late Holtby was a highly respected member of the community, spending large portions of his life as a player, coach, GM and broadcaster. "For those who knew Don, one word summarized him and that's competitor," said Chris Gordon, VP and GM of CHUM Radio in Ottawa. "I know he'd be proud of this award to honour his legacy."

EXTRA POINTS: Renegades coach Joe Paopao said a throwing hand injury recently incurred by QB Kerry Joseph was not serious enough to keep him from playing against Montreal today ... A crowd of around 21,000 is expected. It would be the Renegades' largest of the season.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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