by Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
RIVALUS has joined the CFLPA to break down; the stats, the plays, and the intangibles of our players to determine the best selection for the RIVALUS Featured Player of the Week. The players of the CFL work tirelessly so that they can be one step quicker, and one rep stronger than the opposition on game-day. With the help of the safe and effective nutritional supplements designed and tested by RIVALUS, they can. Here’s who owned their performance in week 10:
With new uniforms and old rivalries, the 2014 Labour Days Classics across Canada had fans out of their seats and into CFL football. All games in week 10 featured divisional games, which meant that even despite the historic rivalries that existed between the squads, the playoff implications alone were enough to supercharge excitement. The CFL showed its diversity as there were games decided defensively, there were offensive shootouts, and there were even special teams plays that shifted the landscapes of games.
As Montreal and Ottawa met at Molson Percival Stadium, both teams looked to cauterize their wounds and emphatically stop their respective losing streaks. At home, it was the Alouettes that would ultimately take the game 20-10 in a tight contest. With Jonathan Crompton at the helm of the Al’s offense, stars like Brandon Whitaker and Duron Carter were finally given the opportunity to let loose. Whitaker rushed for 100 yards on 17 touches, and Carter received for 127 yards over 5 catches as Montreal ended their 6-game losing streak. On Sunday, it was the always controversial matchup between Winnipeg and Saskatchewan that had everybody talking. The pre-cursor to the Banjo Bowl was a high-scoring affair which was ultimately taken by the home team; Saskatchewan. With a 3-pronged attack in the offensive backfield, the Roughriders have been wearing down defensive fronts by keeping their running backs fresh. Jerome Messam had a great afternoon as he rushed for 64 yards and received for an additional 35. Defensively, the Riders kept Drew Willy contained for most of the game, and Ricky Foley was able to walk out with another 2 sacks to extend Saskatchewan’s sack lead over the rest of the league.
In the most anticipated game of the week, the 2 top teams in the league clashed as Calgary hosted Edmonton. In his second game back, Jon Cornish had his best game of the season as he rushed for an astounding 163 yards against the barrel-rolling Edmonton d-line. In front of him was the reason why Calgary would ultimately win, as the Stampeders’ offensive line only allowed 1 sack and helped secure 205 rushing yards.
It was in Hamilton though, that week 10’s Featured Player took the field. Although Ricky Ray hit a career milestone, reaching 50,000 passing yards to become one of only 6 quarterbacks to complete such a target in the CFL, it was the quarterback on the other side of the field that stood out. For the first time in 2014, Zach Collaros led his Tiger-Cats to victory against his former team. The game was important for several reasons; most notably that the Tiger-Cats needed to relent a downhill skid that saw them lose 3 games in a row. The Labour Day Classic this year also launched the brand new home of the Tiger-Cats: Tim Horton’s Field. Nothing short of a win at their new home would have sufficed.
To look at Collaros, one could never have guessed that he was in his first contest in over 7 weeks. From the opening drive (on which the Tiger-Cats were able to secure points), Hamilton tested the Eastern division leaders in the Argonauts. Indeed, in his first full drive which started on the Hamilton 1-yard line, Zach was able to march down the field and punch in the first ever touchdown at Tim Horton’s Field. Zach ended the night completing 27 of his 38 pass attempts for 317 yards in the air. What was most impressive though, was that even when pressure dictated that a throw couldn’t be made, in true Collaros-fashion, Zach was able to extend plays with his mobility, and find positive yards. The young pivot was able to put the team on his back, and answer any questions that his health might affect his play. Collaros owned the game he played in, and he owned his performance. For that reason, Zach is the RIVALUS Featured Player of week 10.
Congratulations Zach, you led your team to victory and looked damn good doing so!
Make sure to check back to see who earns the selection for week 11’s Featured Player!