Scouras gets a kick out of 'Gades

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

The Renegades' first-ever kicker has his old job back.

At least for a day, probably for two weeks ... maybe longer.

When the Renegades line up to play the Montreal Alouettes at the Big O tomorrow, Demitris Scouras will handle their kickoff, field-goal and convert duties -- just as he did when the franchise played its inaugural game in the spring of 2002.

Scouras will replace import Brian Holmes, who filled in the last two games for Sandro Sciortino, the team's kicker for the first 14 games this season until his season was ended by testicular cancer.

Sciortino remains home in Markham and is getting treatment at Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital.

"Things happen," coach Joe Paopao said of bringing Scouras back almost three full seasons after he cut him. "You have to give the young man credit. He attended some NFL workout camps, he became bigger and stronger. I see improvement in his kicking. His leg strength is better."

Benefiting from the ratio move is import running back Raymonn Adams, who will suit up for the first time in five weeks.

Ironically, Scouras was brought in for a look by the Als last month when they were searching to replace Matt Kellett. When they decided to go another route, Scouras dropped by Ottawa on his way back to his home in Winnipeg.

"It's almost like I feel this is my home," said Scouras, who figures he's been to the capital five times visiting friends the past two years.

Performing well in the next two games could land Scouras a job for next season, whether it be here or elsewhere in the CFL. But Scouras says he won't be distracted by that thought.

"I've here with two games left and there's no pressure," he said. "I'm here to have some fun and enjoy myself.

"It's a blessing we have to be able to play this game. For me, to be able to do it in Ottawa is unreal."


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