Scouras back for more kicks

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

The Renegades have taken a page out of the history book to write the next chapter in the team's placekicking saga.

In a surprise move, the club had Demetris Scouras --- yes, the same one who booted the kickoff for the Renegades on opening night in 2002 -- in for a tryout at Frank Clair Stadium.

"I never thought I'd come back to Ottawa, but this is a blessing," said the 32-year-old Winnipeg native.

"Getting the opportunity to come back and kick again for the Renegades is awesome. This is where it started and, hopefully, this is where it finishes 15 years down the road."

If Scouras is added to the team's roster for Friday's game in Hamilton against the Ti-Cats -- a possibility according to coach Joe Paopao -- he would become the third placekicker for the team this season.

Rookie Sandro Sciortino kicked for Ottawa during the first 14 games this year, but had his season cut short after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer last month.

COMPETITION 'GOOD'

Import Brian Holmes, making his CFL debut, went 1-for-3 on field goal attempts during Saturday's home game vs. Saskatchewan, missing from 28 and 41 yards before hitting an 18-yarder in the second half.

"Any time a guy struggles, it's good to bring someone in because competition is good for everybody," said Holmes.

"It was definitely a rough first game, but that's how first games often are. The goal there is just to get better every week."

Scouras scored the first points in Renegades history on a 29-yard field goal against Saskatchewan on June 28, 2002, but missed a 49-yard attempt in overtime during a 30-27 victory for the Roughriders.

He suffered a hamstring injury during the second game of the inaugural season and lost his job to David Miller-Johnston, but regained it later when Miller-Johnston struggled.

Scouras, however, had another setback when he missed a 21-yard field goal on the last play of the first half on Aug. 22, 2002 in Hamilton, an error that would have given the Renegades a lead.

"That field goal was one of those things, I just kind of dumped it," said Scouras. "You're going to miss field goals as a kicker. It's one of those things like you drop passes as a catcher.

"I think the lowest point in Ottawa was the second time I got released. I just felt like even though I was here, there was always somebody over my shoulder. It wasn't very comfortable kicking."

Dan Giancola took over and was injured before GM Eric Tillman brought in all-star import Lawrence Tynes who held the job for the second half of 2002 and all of last year before landing an NFL starting job with Kansas City.

Scouras has spent the last few weeks on the practice squad of the Montreal Alouettes. He also worked in Winnipeg as an athletic therapist and a kicking/special teams coach for the University of Manitoba Bisons.


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