Edwards exacts revenge on his former team

ROB LONGLEY

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

The knockout punch all but delivered, Argos running back Robert Edwards couldn't resist.

The former Alouette had just slashed through his former team's defence for a 67-yard run late in the third quarter of last night's important CFL East clash.

With a Rogers Centre crowd roaring its approval, Edwards opened his arms and nodded his head at the Alouettes bench and general manager/coach Jim Popp.

One man's trash had become another man's treasure and three plays later, Edwards finished off what he started with a one-yard touchdown plunge to give the Argos a killer 28-10 lead on their way to an easy, 35-17 win.

SOMETHING TO PROVE

"They said I couldn't do it no more so I definitely wanted to come out and prove to them I could perform at a high level," said Edwards, who ran for 115 yards on 15 carries, the second time he's cracked the century mark in the past three games.

"I wanted to stay level -headed and play my game. I didn't try to overdo anything and let the game come to me."

Edwards, who was released by the Alouettes in early summer, was picked up by the Argos in August and as a result, the team has its most viable running game in years.

His teammates saw his determination in practice all week and last night shared in the reward.

"We should have just handed it to him from the first whistle," said Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons, who admitted Edwards was playing like a man on a mission.

"He's been a great addition. We haven't had that presence in a long time."

One of the big reasons that Edwards reportedly was sent packing was his tendency to fumble, including a particularly untimely cough-up in last year's Grey Cup.

So it was with great irony that his successor Jarrett Payton's fumble deep in Argos territory midway through the second quarter was a key turning point last night.

Trailing 10-7 at the time, the Argos marched downfield and knotted the score at halftime on a 27-yard Noel Prefontaine field goal.

"We definitely got the momentum on that play," said Edwards, who topped 1,000 yards in rushing for each of his two seasons as an Alouette.

"It was definitely a big turnaround."


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