Sports Hall to induct QBs

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

An Ottawa Rough Riders quarterback reunion of sorts will take place during next month's Grey Cup Festival in the city.

Former Rider pivots Rick Cassata, Condredge Holloway, Tom Clements and J.C. Watts will be inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame during a Nov. 18 ceremony at the Civic Centre.

All but Clements, who is the offensive co-ordinator of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, will be in attendance.

Clements was the quarterback during the last Grey Cup win by an Ottawa team, when he completed a last-minute touchdown pass to Tony Gabriel in the 1976 game against Saskatchewan. The former Notre Dame star was named the game's MVP.

Watts was the last QB to take the Riders to a CFL championship. The underdog Riders led 20-1 at halftime during the 1981 Grey Cup but lost 26-23 to Edmonton. He began a political career in the U.S. following his football career and was elected, out of his home state of Oklahoma, to U.S. Congress in 1994.

Holloway played seven seasons with the Riders before being traded to the Argonauts.

Cassata played four seasons in Ottawa and won a Grey Cup with the Riders in 1973.

A MANITOBA AFTERNOON: The kickers in Saturday's game at Frank Clair Stadium, Demetris Scouras for Ottawa and Jamie Boreham for Hamilton, share a significant collegiate link. When Scouras completed his four-year kicking career for the University of Manitoba Bisons, he helped coach Brian Dobbie recruit Boreham, a B.C. native, to be his replacement. "It's pretty neat for the Manitoba boys to play against each other, especially to be kickers," said Scouras.

ON THE MEND: Renegades QB Kerry Joseph, who has missed two games with a sternum injury, threw footballs before practice yesterday. "I can rip them pretty good for about 20 yards, but I don't think I could wind up and throw one 70 or 80," he said. Joseph has family visiting Ottawa this weekend and he might dress as Ottawa's No. 3 QB behind Brad Banks and Tyler Paopao for Saturday's game.


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