Kackert down after fumbles

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:56 AM ET

MONTREAL - Given his kick at the proverbial can, Chad Kackert ended up kicking himself in the back side.

No matter what the future holds for this import running back, Kackert deserves credit for standing up and taking accountability for the two fumbles he lost in his debut in three-down football.

Of the two, none was as impactful as his goalline gaffe with the Argos poised to score and make a one-sided game close.

When a pitch by fellow rookie, quarterback B.J. Hall, was gathered by Kackert, he put one hand on the pigskin when two was required.

In a flash, Chip Cox punched it out of Kackert’s grasp, grabbed it and ran 108 yards to paydirt to tie a CFL record for longest fumble return, sealing Montreal’s 40-17 win.

“I made a mistake,’’ Kackert said. “They put the game in my hands with the game on the line. I felt like I let my guys down. It’s very upsetting. I don’t think you can put in the newspaper what I was feeling.”

Kackert’s first fumble came on a pass reception.

Unfortunately, lost was his 53-yard touchdown reception on one of the few well-schemed plays the Argos ran all night.

Curiously, the Argos had third-stringer Hall in the game when they attempted a one-yard keeper.

“I thought I was in,’’ Hall said. “I reached for it (end zone), but I guess they (officials) never saw it.”


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