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CFL Week 9

Posted by Mac App on August 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Hamilton 29 vs. Montreal 31

Two teams going in opposite directions met up. After a low scoring first quarter, Hamilton receiver Chris Williams (4 rec. 68 yards – 76 return yards 1 TD) did what he has done all season, returning a kick 69 yards for a touchdown opening the scoring to 10-1 Hamilton in the second quarter. The lead was cut to two five minutes later however, as QB Anthony Calvillo (329 yards 1 TD) spotted received S.J. Green (10 rec. 168 yards 1 TD) for the touchdown making history as Calvillo passed Warren Moon on the pro-football all time touchdown list. Following that, the teams would combine for four field goals and a quarterback sneak by Montreal to make the score 19-18 Hamilton heading into the fourth quarter. RB Avon Cobourne (8-50 yards 5 rec. 44 yards 1 TD) made his first start for the Tiger Cats of the season and made the most of it. He made a nice run for 37 yards then followed it up with a 15 yard touchdown catch extending the lead to eight. The lead was short lived however, as on the Als ensuing drive RB Brandon Whitaker (19-102 yards 1 TD – 6 rec. 56 yards) punched it in from the 3 yard line making it again a one point game. The teams would trade field goals in a game where the team with the ball last would win. With nine seconds left Sean Whyte (3/4 FG 3/3 XP) kicked the game winning field goal with nine seconds left giving Montreal their third straight win and handing Hamilton their third straight loss.

B.C. 20 vs. Winnipeg 17

Defence was the name of this game, along with turnovers and special teams. The Lions went for it on third down early in the game but back-up QB Mark Reilly threw an interception. Howver, the defence held as they have done almost all season. Coming off a 400 yard performance QB Joey Elliott (256 yards 1 INT) went for a bomb midway through the second quarter but was picked off in the endzone by DB Byron Parker (3 tackles 1 INT). After no score in the first quarter it was not until the two minute mark when B.C. kicked a field goal and a minute later scored again when QB Travis Lulay (220 yards 1 TD 2 INTs – 7-50 yards) dished it off to RB Andrew Harris (10-57 yards 1 TD – 3 rec. 31 yards 1 TD) for the 5 yard score. The Lions had not allowed an offensive touchdown in 16 quarters of play but on third and goal to go, the Bombers snuck it in, snapping the streak and making the score 10-8 Lions. This woke up the Bombers as they picked off Lulay deep in their own zone but only netted a field goal. The Bombers scored another field goal stretching their lead to four. With just over two minutes left, receiver Shawn Gore (4 rec. 70 yards) made a great 43 yard catch down to the Winnipeg twenty five. Two plays later Harris found his way into the endzone to give the leads the 17-14 lead. The Bombers wouldn’t go down though as Elliott found receiver Terrence Edwards (3 rec. 53 yards) for a nice pick-up leading to the tying field goal. After deferring to take the kick, Lulay made a quick 16 yard pass with the clock running down to 27 seconds. On the next play Lulay hit receiver Geroy Simon (4 rec. 63 yards) on a beautiful pass down to the Bombers 35 yard line. Two plays later and one second on the clock K Paul McCallum (2/2 FG 2/2 XP) hit the game winning 41 yard field goal. Winnipeg Head Coach Paul LaPolice was fired days later after a 2-6 start following a Grey Cup appearance last season.

Calgary 17 vs. Saskatchewan 10

Mother Nature played a role in this game as winds gusted up to 80 km/h (50 mph) throughout the game hurting the passing game. Battling the conditions QB Kevin Glenn (171 yards 2 TD) made a nice pass with receiver Joe West making an equally nice catch for the touchdown – the first reception of West’s career – giving Calgary the 7-0 lead. As time wound down in the first quarter, Glenn found receiver Romby Bryant (5 rec. 52 yards 1 TD) on a crossing pattern for the 14 yard score and 14-0 lead. To make matters worse QB Darian Durant (179 yards 1 INT) was picked off but thanked the wind later as Calgary had a 23 yard field goal blocked due to a low trajectory.  However, DE Charleston Hughes (2 sacks 1 INT 2 FF) was a force on his own for the Stamps defence as he had picked off Durant earlier then caused another turnover with a forced fumble. With seven minutes left the Riders got on the board with a field goal and three minutes later a touchdown by RB Kory Sheet s (11-74 yards 1 TD). With the wind and early lead, Calgary rode RB Jon Cornish (24-159 yards) the rest of the way eating up the clock. After starting 3-0, Saskatchewan has now lost 5 straight games.

Edmonton 26 vs. Toronto 17

After “giving” away their franchise quarterback to Toronto in the offseason, it sure hasn’t shown as the Eskimos won the season series 2-0 over the Argos. QB Steven Jyles (4/6 49 yards) who was sent to Edmonton in the same trade, was sacked in the first quarter and did not return. QB Kerry Joseph (169 yards 2 INTs – 4-44 yards 1 TD) filled in and did enough to keep the offence somewhat moving. After being released by Toronto, RB Cory Boyd (9-45 yards – 2 rec. 30 yards) faced his former team and did some damage in the first quarter rushing for 38 yards on five carries. QB Ricky Ray (251 yards 1 TD 2 INTs) did not have a good first half throwing two interceptions and trailing 16-3. Ray bounced back on their opening possession of the second half making a nice pass and catch hook-up with receiver Dontrelle Inman (8 rec. 117 yards 1 TD) closing the gap to 16-10. With Edmonton leading 19-10, Joseph was picked off deep in his own territory which led to RB Chad Kackert (8-58 yards 1 TD – 5 rec. 31 yards) pounding his way in for the score as time expired in the quarter cutting the lead to two. Eskies RB High Charles (15-67 yards 1 TD) put the nail in the coffin though early in the fourth sealing the 26-17 win.

CFL Fantasy Football

Galfur won the week, beating Mac D by 4.4 points thanks to big games from Whitaker (21.80), Harris (19.80) and Calvillo (19.66) . Green (22.80), Whitaker and Harris were Mac D's top performers. Scurds was third thanks to Whitaker, Harris and his two defences (EDM 12 and CGY 13).

With his past two strong weeks, Galfur trails overall leader Mac D by a mere 3.7 points setting up a great showdown for the final week of Mac App CFL Fantasy Football (still half a season left in the real schedule). Scurds sits in third,  18 points up on fourth place.



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Reply the immortal scurds
7:38 PM on August 28, 2012 
congrats mac and galfur. well picked, well played. i stand in awe of the rosters you two put together here.

-dont even think about finding 19 points somewhere next week jor-el!
Reply Mac D
12:15 PM on August 29, 2012 
Thanks Scurdsy! You too.

Homer pick but the Lions game ending was great. Down and needing a TD with 2mins left. Get it. Defence had been rock solid for the last 3-4 games. Bend and give up a field goal to tie. 27 seconds left just had a feeling they could get a field goal. Lulay to Simon was a great play. Then call a running play with 9 seconds left as the clock is running and get tackled with a second left and call timeout. Was too close for comfort there. Then McCallum kicked it home.
Reply Galfur
6:37 PM on August 29, 2012 
I'll try to tank this week. Don't want some yank from day-twah winning out in this one. Thanks scurdsy, congrats Mac. In honor of your handle, I'm picking No Ill over Iowa. Go MAC go.
Reply Mac D
7:27 PM on August 29, 2012 
It's all for fun I don't care if I win. Hope it expands the game and knowledge. Tuesday MACtion. Can't wait for it to start again!
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
4:36 PM on August 30, 2012 
Good stuff, love the CFL pool!

Nice picks Mac, Galf, and the immortal one!

Fared a lot better than last time, looks like a finish just off the podium for LSOK this time around... you never know though, and I am gunning for that 3rd place spot!

Jor-El was my pops, Scurds! No, not Nicolas Cage either, though he named his son KAL-EL as well... That gaffe alone is worth at least a bonus 5 points, I'd say! Make it happen, Mac! haha!

I'm out of town for the next few (and unfortunately will miss Ark this time around it looks like), so see you all next week sometime.
Reply the immortal scurds
7:36 PM on August 30, 2012 
well met KAL. see you soon!

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