Prefontaine stellar since rejoining Argos

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

TORONTO - Noel Prefontaine has somehow been relegated to the back burner.

His plight during his return as an Argo is very similar to an offensive lineman who doesn’t get noticed because all he does is go about his business.

The only time an offensive lineman gets noticed is when he gets called for a penalty or yields a sack.

Prefontaine joined the Argos five games ago and has basically not skipped a beat from the time he last played for Toronto in 2007, before his trade to Edmonton.

As a place-kicker, his only miss came on his first attempt, which was no gimme given it was from 57 yards out.

In the ensuing attempts, he has made all eight.

In last week’s 16-13 over the Ticats in the Eastern semi-final, Prefontaine’s perfectly placed coffin corner punt forced Hamilton into playing a long field.

And now comes Sunday’s Eastern final in Montreal.

For Prefontaine, it will be his eighth appearance in the East final and his 14th career post-season kickoff as an Argo, which ties him with Bill Stukus and Jack Wedley for fourth most in club history.

“It feels great,’’ Prefontaine said. “I’m still in the process of learning and understanding my teammates.

“After all, they’re the ones who got into the playoffs. I came so late and it’s hard to contribute, but I’ll do what I can. It’s an extremely exciting time for them in what they’ve accomplished and it’s exciting for me being back to where my career started.”

Special teams often become heightened in the playoffs, an area the Argos dominated last week in Hamilton and it’s an area that clearly favours them going into Sunday.

Prefontaine isn’t giving himself enough credit for his work in The Hammer and he figures to be a pivotal player at the Big O, a site that is not foreign to Prefontaine.

“What the guys have to keep in mind is that it’s going to be loud,’’ he said. “The best way to quiet them is to jump out on them and score early.”

Prefontaine won a Grey Cup as an Argo in 2004, a journey that included a win at the Big O in the East final, and has been part of some pretty dominant teams.

What he saw last week impressed the man known as Pre.

“One of the things we showed last week is that this is a very physical football team,’’ he said. “If we bring that same physicality to this game, we’re going to have a good chance.”

And chances are good that Prefontaine will have an impact on the outcome.

He enters the game nine points shy of 100 career playoff points.


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