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 19:
As the hunt for the playoffs continued in the east this week, many players took the challenge as an opportunity to perform. Week 19 may have been one of the strongest weeks for accolades thus far in the season. In the West, some teams are still jockeying for position but what is more important is to remain healthy and prepared to compete in the post-season.
In the week’s first game, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats travelled to Ottawa to take on the REDBLACKS. While Hamilton’s offence played commendably, it was their defence and special teams that stole the show. Brandon Banks may well have logged his 2014 highlight on Friday with a 103-yard kick return for a touchdown. Brandon Stewart, Ed Gainey and Delvin Breaux all had interceptions in the match, with 2 of them being returned for touchdowns. The REDBLACKS were no slouches though as several big plays were turned in from the home team. Most notably Jeremiah Johnson figuratively broke the ankles of Craig Butler on a touchdown rush seen here. Hamilton ended the game up 34-25.
On Saturday, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers closed their season in Calgary to take on the Stampeders. Although trailing at the half 10-3, Winnipeg returned to the field prepared to finish their season with a victory. Lirim Hajrullahu connected on 4 of his 5 field goal attempts to help put his team over the top. On Calgary’s end, Jon Cornish rushed for 105 yards in one half of football, before being sidelined due to injury. Matt Walter stepped into the void though and added another 109 yards of rushing offence. In the snowy affair, Winnipeg ended Calgary’s win streak 18-13.
Sunday’s only game was scheduled between the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes. This game (like that of Hamilton’s) had huge playoff implications as Toronto could control their destiny with a win, and Montreal could officially clinch the playoffs with the same. It was Montreal that took advantage of the situation though as huge contributions came from several key players. Tyrell Sutton rushed for 135 yards over 23 touches, which not only changed Toronto’s defensive scheme, but also managed the clock for the angry birds. Duron Carter had his best game of the season as the young wide receiver caught for 181 yards over 11 catches. In any other week, Carter’s performance could well have earned him the RIVALUS nod. Bear Woods had yet another stellar performance adding 10 tackles to his season totals. In beating the Argonauts 17-14, Montreal stamped their tickets to the post-season.
It was in Edmonton though, that this week’s featured player set a new CFL record and did so in a big way. The Edmonton Eskimos handily beat the BC Lions in the Saturday evening match-up. Mike Reilly was efficient, John White was productive and Adarius Bowman was, well Adarius Bowman yet another game above the 100-yard receiving threshold. The Eskimos would ultimately take the game 37-3, but something bigger than that occurred at Commonwealth Field. Solomon Elimimian entered the game only 6 tackles shy of JC Sherrit’s 2012 single-season tackle record. By the end of the game, Elimimian had doubled that quota with 12 tackles and an interception. With a game left to play, Solomon has now set a CFL record that sits at 137 tackles in only 17 games.
At the beginning of 2014, most BC fans knew something was special about #56 this season. With support from veterans: Adam Bighill, and the newly acquired Jamall Johnson, Solomon Elimimian was the mack in one of the strongest linebacking corps in the CFL. With a relentless motor, Solomon finds the ball on every play. If he is not the first man to the offender, he is usually second, even if he started on the other side of the field.
Congratulations Solomon, you have established yourself as a part of CFL history and have continuously made your fans proud. Take the field in your last regular season game and blow the season record out of the water!
Make sure to check back to see who earns the final selection for the RIVALUS Featured Player!
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