Boreham gets his kicks

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:05 PM ET

In yesterday's swirling wind conditions at Commonwealth Stadium, Saskatchewan punter Jamie Boreham emerged as one of the biggest stars of his team's 23-20 win over the Eskimos.

Boreham used a rugby-style kick on his punts, sprinting out from his set position to make the ball do even wackier things that it usually does.

Boreham's kicks helped Saskatchewan gain field position, and he even kept a key third-quarter drive alive by sprinting for the needed yardage.

"He did a tremendous job," said Riders head coach Ken Miller. "We've been working on that rugby-style kick, even last year against Edmonton when the wind was that strong. It's something in his repertoire."

It was a different Commonwealth experience for the six-year CFL veteran.

"I've never come to Edmonton and seen this," said Boreham. "Pre (Esks kicker Noel Prefontaine) and I talked before the game and he said, 'Bo, I think we're even up there,' because he's never kicked in this wind and I've never seen it. It wasn't easy either way it was going."

But Boreham was the guy who could send the low screamers to the Edmonton defenders to keep them off-balance.

"We work on it weekly," said Boreham. "We didn't plan for it today. (Field position) was huge, especially in the second quarter. The cover team was phenomenal. Their returns were limited when we were going into the wind. In the second quarter, we dominated field position, which was huge.

"I think we have the best cover team in the league. Getting Kitwana Jones back -- thank you, Edmonton -- he's a stud out there."

Grabbing a road win was a huge result.

"Edmonton is a tough, tough place to play," said Boreham. "This keeps us in control of our destiny. Right now we're tied for first, so we play it one game at a time."


Videos

Photos