Prefontaine takes blame for missed kick

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:03 AM ET

HAMILTON - Noel Prefontaine has won games in the past, either by making a play with his arm in a punt formation, directional kicking that leads to no returns or the ultimate ending by executing a successful field goal.

A miss Saturday night in the Hammer from a distance the veteran would make in his sleep didn’t exactly cost the Argos, but it did haunt the team on a night where every point was critical when so many points were being put on the scoreboard.

To his credit, Prefontaine offered no excuses, wouldn’t attribute the miss to a wonky quad to his kicking (left) leg that kept him out of the last two games, refused to blame a new holder.

“Without question I didn’t do my job,’’ Prefontaine would concede in the aftermath of Toronto’s 37-32 loss, the team’s six successive setback. “It hurt us.”

Momentum has been as elusive as a win for the Argos this season, a team that had control of the game heading into intermission at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

With the score tied 17-17, the Argos would have settled for a field goal and a 20-17 lead even though a time count did cost Toronto a down.

Instead, Prefontaine’s gimme from 20 yards went wide right, a single point awarded but it was momentum that would be compromised.

The half ended with Justin Medlock nailing a 50-yard field goal that would give the Ticats a 20-18 lead at halftime.

Veteran slotback Jeremaine Copeland has replaced linebacker Kevin Eiben as the holder.

“Cope did a good job getting the ball down,’’ Prefontaine said. “It was just one of those things. It happened and I put it on myself.

“I let the team down at that point.”

All night, it was obvious the injury to his quad was limiting Prefontaine.

He hurt the quad in the pre-game warmups in Edmonton two weeks ago and did not suit up during Montreal’s visit last week.

“It’s not as strong as I’d like it to be,” said Prefontaine, who averaged 36.0 yards on five punts against the Ticats. “There’s still no reason not to make a 20-yard field goal.”


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