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IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

Usually, they fire the ball through their legs and keep their heads down while doing their job.

This week, CFL long-snappers can hold their heads high.

We're not talking about any fantastic snaps, instead of two long-snappers getting touchdowns. Calgary's Randy Chevrier started the scoring against the Roughriders, rolling out as a tight end for a rainbow pass from Henry Burris.

Then Winnipeg's Mike Mahoney was in the right place at the right time against the Tiger-Cats, just moments after getting drilled while covering a missed Troy Westwood field goal.

Hamilton returner JoJo Walker was trying to get out of the endzone when Matt Sheridan drilled him, knocking the ball right into Mahoney's hands for a TD. Mahoney, an injury replacement for the Blue Bombers, had just taken a huge block from Zeke Moreno when he received the gift.

Both deserve kudos for their efforts, even if a bit of luck was involved. Chevrier was replacing Rob Lazeo in the formation when the veteran went to centre to fill in for injured starter John Comiskey.

"It's another wrinkle to our offence and it just happened it was my number called," Chevrier said.

OPENING DRIVE

Welcome back to Canada, Casey Printers. It's a bit rougher than you remember, isn't it? Bombers DL Tom Canada made sure of that, sacking the new Tiger-Cats QB three times. ... Henry Burris, who recently moved past Marcus Crandell into fifth for Stampeders franchise passing yards, has moved past both Dave Dickenson and Danny Barrett for touchdown passes in a Calgary uniform and now leads the league with 24 this season ... When Ricky Ray eclipsed Warren Moon for most passing yards in Eskimos history, the outstanding quarterback just bit his tongue. Not that he wouldn't comment on the record, it's just that Ray took a huge hit from Montreal DL Dario Romero and was bleeding afterwards. The Eskimos have now inserted the mouthguard-less Ray on short-yardage situations after being largely unsuccessful on those plays earlier this season with backups.

ENDZONE TOSS

Winnipeg's Milt Stegall needs just 527 yards to pass Allen Pitts and become the CFL's all-time receiving yards leader. Stegall passed Darren Flutie as the former Lions, Eskimos and Tiger-Cats receiver was inducted into the Hall of Fame, while Pitts was so honoured last year. It would only be right to put Stegall in the Hall the day after he hangs up his cleats. But getting those record-breaking yards may be tough for Stegall if Kevin Glenn (sprained knee) is out for an extended period ... Hold off those career obituaries of Jason Tucker and Geroy Simon. Both outstanding receivers came out with great performances this weekend. Tucker scored a 62-yard major on the first offensive play for the Eskimos, while Simon looked to be his old self for B.C., catching short passes and zig-zagging through defenders for long gains. Tucker moved from the 22nd-leading receiver to 12th with his 217-yard game ... Is there something fishy in Montreal these days? Alouettes GM/head coach Jim Popp plucked receiver Brad Smith off the Argos practice roster and activated him. Smith is the son of Als president Larry Smith, while the team also employs Smith's son-in-law Damon Duval as its kicker. Both have pressure to perform, but Brad Smith was a legitimate prospect with Toronto before getting snagged away. He's more comfortable now in Montreal. "I'm an Als fan. It hurt me playing for another CFL team," Smith said.

EXTRA POINTS

The Eskimos avoided their first four-game losing streak since 1990 by beating Montreal. Anybody stuck in traffic must be miffed. The Eskimos scored 16 points in the first five minutes and it was basically over ... How desperate are things in Hamilton? Even the Ticat mascot was riding the bike in the third quarter of Saturday's loss.


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