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 11:
For those not yet satisfied with the rivalries put to test in the Labour Day classics, week 11 brought rematches to stoke the embers that were lit last week. To start the week, Ottawa hosted BC in a game that saw a little bit of tampering by Mother Nature. With Calgary going back to Edmonton, and Saskatchewan heading to Winnipeg, fans were guaranteed to see fireworks that lacked in the Friday night game. On top of those two high-octane games, Montreal hosted their division rivals in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday afternoon.
With the return of Travis Lulay, the BC Lions were extremely optimistic about their visit to Ottawa. Unfortunately, following a lightning delay and with rain affecting quarterback grip, Lulay was shaken up on an errant pass. As tweeted by Calgary Stampeder Keon Raymond, all parties surrounding the CFL wish the very best for Travis. Sadly, this wouldn’t be the last quarterback to be sidelined in week 11.
In the week’s second match up, Calgary travelled to Edmonton to try and sweep the season-series. Although Matt Nichols showed some tenacity in putting together a solid late-effort, it was all for not as the Stampeders were able to walk away with the sweep. Jon Cornish had yet another solid outing as he rushed for 109 yards on 17 carries. Marquay McDaniel led the receiving corps for Calgary with 124 yards over 4 receptions. For the Eskimos, Adarius Bowman (the league receiving leader) matched the game-high 124 receiving yards to extend his 2014 total to 886 yards.
In Sunday night’s Banjo Bowl, Winnipeg opened the gates quickly as they stabbed an early touchdown against the Roughriders. As the game evolved though, Saskatchewan took a commanding lead, closing the first half 30-15. In true comeback fashion, Drew Willy was able to craft an assault with 2 separate attempts to close the game with long passes. Both attempts were intercepted, and Saskatchewan ultimately took the game. The win was bittersweet though, as a play that should not have happened resulted in Darian Durant being hit awkwardly. The hit would take Durant slowly to the dressing room, and out of the game. Willy played admirably as he completed his 5th 300+ yard game in only 15 starts in the CFL, although he was unable to secure his squad the victory.
For a second week in a row, the RIVALUS Featured Player came from a game where the Tiger-Cats were playing. This time though, it was a Montreal Alouette who would take the honour. As the game began, the Alouettes defense struck early as a forced fumble picked up by Winston Venable would put the first points on the board. Zach Collaros answered the adversity though, and provided the Ticats an ample lead heading into halftime. Collaros would ultimately close the game with 338 passing yards over 33 throws and a completion rate of 70%. Montreal rallied in the second half, and thanks to special teams plays, like that of James Rodgers who returned a punt for an 82-yard touchdown, the Alouettes were able to best the cats. As has been the story of the year, Montreal’s defense played outstanding as they stifled the explosive Hamilton pass/run game. Linebacker Bear Woods had a career night as he was able to find the quarterback twice to add to his 10 tackles throughout the evening. Gabriel Knapton also had a highlight-filled night as he took down Collaros 3 times throughout the course of the game. It was a defensive back though, that truly stood out, as Billy Parker made a play that shifted the game’s momentum in an immense way. Midway through the 3rd quarter, as Montreal trailed 14-points, as Mitchell White deflected a pass made by Collaros, Parker was able to corral the ball prior to it hitting the turf. With a flock of angry birds to guide him, Parker returned the interception 45-yards to place Montreal’s offense on the 4-yard line. The ensuing touchdown brought the Alouettes within a single-score, which they would then capitalize on as Jonathan Crompton took the field and began reliably finding his targets. Billy would end the game with 5 tackles, 1 deflection, and 1 monumentally important interception. Billy Parker owned his performance from start to finish, and that is why he is the RIVALUS Featured Player of week 11.
Congratulations Billy, the effort you and your defensive teammates showed on Sunday truly paid dividends. Enjoy the win, and keep on grinding!
Make sure to check back to see who earns the selection for week 12’s Featured Player!