'Gades get a kick start

Renegades coach Joe Paopao says the team will win or lose with Darnell Kennedy at quarterback...

Renegades coach Joe Paopao says the team will win or lose with Darnell Kennedy at quarterback tonight vs. the Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton. (Ottawa Sun File/Sean Kilpatrick)

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

HAMILTON -- If the fact they are facing elimination from the 2004 Grey Cup race isn't enough, the Renegades should expect some added, real life, motivation tonight.

First-year kicker Sandro Sciortino is scheduled to take a break from his battle with cancer to greet and support his teammates when they meet up with the Tiger-Cats in a must-win game.

The very popular Sciortino, who is recovering from testicular surgery performed two weeks ago, plans to drop by and say hi to his friends prior to tonight's game at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

It will be the first time he has seen them since the operation.

"He's excited to be there," said coach Joe Paopao. "He's excited to support his team."

CANNOT LOSE

The Renegades will fall short of their playoff goal even with a tie. They need to beat the Ticats tonight, then defeat the Alouettes next weekend and pick up yet one more win against Hamilton Oct. 30 at Frank Clair Stadium in order to advance to post-season play.

And all that won't be enough unless the Argos also prevail when they square off against the Tabbies at the SkyDome next weekend.

The Renegades will be without starting quarterback Kerry Joseph tonight. He will miss the rest of the season with a sprained collarbone.

KENNEDY THE MAN

In his place, Darnell Kennedy will be under centre, looking for his second victory as a Renegades QB. Sciortino kicked a last-minute field goal to seal the win in his first.

"We'll do anything it takes," Kennedy said in discussions involving his team's oft-questioned game plan. "We just have to quit worrying about injuries and about winning games. We have to worry about only what we do on the football field and everything else will take care of itself."

The Ticats are on a roll since they kicked the stuffing out of the Renegades the last time the teams met. They have won two in a row and are 4-2-1 in their last six.

A loss will not only eliminate Ottawa, but ignite ownership's restructuring of the organization.

"It's a must-win for us in the true sense of the words," said Paopao, who will stick with Kennedy only until he feels he absolutely has to turn to third-stringer Brad Banks.

"We can't worry about being without Kerry. We've got to go to war with Darnell. We've got to get the job done."


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