Hebert dedicates TD to dead cousin

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:48 PM ET

Kyries Hebert tucked the football under his arm and headed for the sidelines.

After scoring his third defensive touchdown of the season during Ottawa's key win over Hamilton on Friday, Hebert wanted to keep something special to remember a dear cousin who had died earlier in the week.

"Hopefully, he's in heaven," said the Renegades linebacker of his cousin, 31-year-old Telly Hebert.

"He was like a brother to me, and I cried most of the day here."

Hebert scored the major late in the second half after teammate Da'Shann Austin intercepted a Danny McManus pass in Ottawa territory.

Austin returned the pick 18 yards before intentionally fumbling the ball near the north sidelines to a trailing Hebert.

MAN ON A MISSION

Hebert looked like a man on a mission, covering the remaining 58 yards for a key score that gave Ottawa a 21-point lead.

"I wanted to come out and do well for him," said Hebert, who turns 25 today. "I wanted to score so I could have a ball to bury him with."

Renegades coach Joe Paopao learned of Hebert's situation on Thursday when the player approached him for a meeting.

"He was struggling with it, very emotional and he could barely talk," said Paopao. "It was somebody who was near and dear to him, like a big brother."

Hebert told Paopao that he wasn't sure he'd be in the proper frame of mind to play Friday's game, but decided to play through it.

"When he scored, I went up to him and gave him a wink and told him that was a great way to honour his cousin's memory," said Paopao.

Hebert scored his first TD of the season in July on a fumble return against Calgary, and got his second at in Regina two weeks later after Anthony Collier flipped the ball over his head to a trailing Hebert who went the rest of the way for the major.

THE WELCOME MATT: Renegades K Matt Kellett was in great form Friday, kicking two long field goals before missing a third and final attempt -- but just barely -- from 42 yards out in the third quarter. The Ottawa-born and Regina-raised Kellett nailed a 48-yarder through the rain early in the second quarter and followed with a 53-yard line drive that got over the crossbar and through the sticks on the final play of the opening half. "I'm proud of him," said Paopao of Kellett's performance. "We need him to be like that." The 53-yarder was three feet shy of Kellett's career longest he kicked for the B.C. Lions against Winnipeg three years ago. Kellett said having Pat Fleming back in the lineup as his holder makes a difference. "We have a good chemistry out there," said Kellett. "It's nice to have Pat back." Fleming missed four games to a broken thumb before returning to action on Sept. 28.

BRIEFLY: Rookie LB Cam Yeow suffered the only significant injury in Friday's game, straining an upper back muscle, but is likely to recover during the bye week and be okay for the next game in Hamilton Oct. 21.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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