Karikari grabs some glory

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

MONTREAL -- He picked off eight passes in the regular season, but it's the one in the post-season that Montreal Alouettes safety Richard Karikari is cherishing now.

The Ghana native, who grew up in Pickering, recorded a key interception for his team in its 30-14 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the East semi-final at Olympic Stadium yesterday.

The Als turned the turnover into seven points on the ensuing series.

"My job is to make plays and I made it," Karikari said.

"The ball was in the air and I've always said when it's in the air it's my job to go get it.

"This is the biggest (interception) since it's the playoffs, but the whole year for me has been a blur. But I'm happy for all the interceptions and I'm happy we won."

Karikari said he's looking forward to Sunday's East final against the Argos at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

"I'm probably going to get about 60 requests for tickets," he said. "Going back to T.O. is where I want to go and play that game. That's fine with me.

"It's probably going to be the first time I've seen the stadium packed since I used to watch the Blue Jays in '93. It's going to be a great atmosphere."

NO HOLDING BACK

Roughriders general manager Roy Shivers, who never has been shy about speaking his mind, didn't hold back when asked about his future. He is under contract for two more years.

"As I've stated before, if they're looking for change, there's no big deal," he said. "They can change if they want to. If I'm not wanted someplace, they can buy me out and I'll go about my business."

DON DOES IT AGAIN

Als head coach Don Matthews set a Canadian Football League record with his 18th post-season appearance, surpassing Frank Clair. Now he moves to his latest division final.

"I've cherished every one of them," he said. "As a competitor it doesn't get any better than this."


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