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 doesnt 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 weeks 16-13 over the Ticats in the Eastern semi-final, Prefontaines perfectly placed coffin corner punt forced Hamilton into playing a long field.

And now comes Sundays 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. Im still in the process of learning and understanding my teammates.

After all, theyre the ones who got into the playoffs. I came so late and its hard to contribute, but Ill do what I can. Its an extremely exciting time for them in what theyve accomplished and its 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 its an area that clearly favours them going into Sunday.

Prefontaine isnt 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 its 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, were 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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