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 15:
The race to the finish line has commenced and week 15 brought about a few unexpected outcomes as a result. Some teams re-instilled confidence in their fan bases, and some outright shocked opponents. Here are a few highlights, and the selection of the RIVALUS featured player for week 15.
In Friday night’s late game, Saskatchewan hosted the league-leading Stampeders. Although the Stampeders got off to a very good start, the Roughriders came out in the second half (down 24-0), and rallied back to tie the game. Thanks to 4th quarter adjustments by Calgary defenders, the Stamps were able to hand the Riders their 2 consecutive loss. Players of note in the game were Jamar Wall, who contributed 8 tackles and 1 sack, as well as Shawn Lemon who was able to reach the quarterback for 2 sacks, and another 3 tackles. Although Tino Sunseri did not start for Saskatchewan, came in and looked much more comfortable behind center in the latter stages of the match.
On Saturday, Toronto hosted Edmonton in what turned out to be an exquisitely thrilling game. As most expected, the game resulted in high-scoring from both teams. By game’s end the Argonauts were able to subdue the Eskimos by a single point. Toronto’s success came from a plethora of athletes, but 2 really made the difference for the Boatmen. Chad Owens returned to form as he caught 9 balls to the tune of 106-yards and 2 touchdowns. The difference-maker though, was kicker/punter Swayze Waters, who went 7/7 on field goals from as far as 47-yards. Waters accounted for more than half of his team’s scoring.
In week 14’s final game, the BC Lions traveled to Hamilton. The game was close from kick-off to game’s end with huge contributions coming from both squads’ special teams. Hamilton’s offense was productive from a movement standpoint as Collaros once again found his passing over 300-yards. Like the Argonauts, Hamilton relied heavily on their own kicker/punter as Justin Medlock drilled all 5 of his field goal attempts from as far as 42-yards. The Ticats narrowly beat the Lions to remain undefeated at Tim Horton’s field.
The RIVALUS Featured Player of the week has traveled from team to team, but had not found its way to the REDBLACKS roster until Friday night. One needs only look at the stat-sheet of the Ottawa-Winnipeg game to see who the clear choice of week 15 is. Jonathan Williams, in but his second start of 2014 changed the way Winnipeg defended his offense. With 21 touches, Williams rushed for 180-yards and 2 touchdowns. He also caught 2 balls downfield for an additional 49 yards of offense. The mark of a true running-back in the CFL though, is success in a 3rd and often under-appreciated facet; blocking. Thanks to Williams’ protection in the backfield, Henry Burris was able to complete a season-high 24 passes for 284-yards.
Much like last week’s featured player Jonathan affected every decision the Blue Bombers defence made. He was productive in every assignment given to him and therefore is week 15’s RIVALUS FEATURED PLAYER!
Congratulations Jonathan, you left everything you had on the field, and your team walked away victorious because of it!
Make sure to check back to see who earns the selection for week 16’s Featured Player!