Redblacks rookie kicker Lewis Ward sets CFL record


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Ottawa Redblacks rookie kicker Lewis Ward of Kingston, Ontario has made Canadian Football League history. On Saturday, in the Redblacks’ 28-15 win over the Edmonton Eskimos, Ward set the CFL record for most consecutive field goals in a season with 36.

Ward successfully kicked all seven field goal attempts for Ottawa in their 13 point win. Two field goals each came from 20 and 40 yards, while the other three field goals were from 22, 27 and 32 yards. The previous record was set by Rene Paredes of Pierrefonds, Quebec, who kicked 33 straight field goals for the Calgary Stampeders during the 2016 Canadian Football League season. Paredes also holds the CFL record for most consecutive field goals with 39. He achieved that mark over two seasons from 2012-2013.

In other action this past weekend, Winnipeg Blue Bombers running backs Kienan LaFrance and Andrew Harris, each of Winnipeg, Manitoba, found the end zone in Winnipeg’s 31-14 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Friday. Harris had a 20 yard touchdown catch from quarterback Matt Nichols, which put Winnipeg up 10-0 in the first quarter, while LaFrance had a seven yard run which put Winnipeg up 20-6 in the second quarter. Meanwhile, Cory Watson of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec had a 23 yard touchdown catch for the B.C. Lions in their 35-32 overtime win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday. Watson’s touchdown came at 5:51 of the second quarter and helped pull the Lions to within a field goal at 14-11 at the time. The other week 15 result had the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Toronto Argonauts 30-29.

In other CFL news, former Calgary Stampeders linebacker Mike Labinjo of Toronto. Ontario passed away on Saturday at the age of 38. Labinjo, who also played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004 and 2005 and for the Indianapolis Colts in 2005, was instrumental in the Stampeders winning the 2008 Grey Cup.




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