As the unofficial end to summer came to pass Monday afternoon, several WVU football alumni were in action on Labor Day in order to help their respective CFL teams fight for playoff positioning as the second half playoff races in the East and West divisions begin to heat up.
First up on the special holiday slate of games was that of the Ontario-based rivalry between the defending East champion Hamilton Ti-Cats, and the division leading Toronto Argonauts. Rookie Argos’ running back, Steve Slaton, was activated by Toronto for the game. Previously, Slaton had been scratched from the Argo’s depth chart the past two games as he spent another brief stint on the team’s one-game injury list.
The game proved to be a defensive struggle throughout as both teams lost two fumbles a piece, and had to rely on special teams to gain an edge. Slaton led Toronto in rushing yards on the afternoon with 17 yards on four carries; he also recorded two receptions for negative yardage as the Argos fell to their cross-province rivals 13-12. Toronto drops to 3-7 with the loss, yet they still lead the East division. Hamilton, on the other hand, is now 2-6 on the year, and sit second in the East.
The late afternoon game of Monday’s double header featured the often fierce “Battle of Alberta” between rivals Edmonton and Calgary. For a second consecutive week, Selvish Capers got the start at left tackle for the Eskimos, while Jock Sanders made his return to the Stampeders line-up following a two-week hiatus.
Sanders recorded eight rushing yards on three carries, while pulling in a 20 yard reception early in the first quarter to help Calgary gain an early lead on their bitter rivals. Pat White rushed the ball just one time for three yards during Monday’s action, but he and his team’s efforts were not enough as Calgary wins 28-13. Calgary improves to 8-1 on the season, and takes a one-game lead in the West division standings. Edmonton drops to 7-2 with the loss, and is now in third place in the West.
Elsewhere in Week 10 CFL action:
• Robert Sands was eligible to return to the Edmonton line-up, but was scratched for a second consecutive week. Sands was previously placed on the team’s six-game disabled list following an injury in week one. No word on his status for week 11
• Noel Devine was deactivated by Edmonton for a sixth consecutive week. He has yet to appear in a single game for the Eskimos since signing with the team in early July.
• CFL Week 11 schedule:
– BC LIONS @ OTTAWA FRI. 09/05 7:30PM (ESPN3.COM)
– CALGARY @ EDMONTON SAT. 09/06 7:00PM (ESPN3.COM)
– HAMILTON @ MONTREAL SUN. 09/07 1:00PM (ESPNEWS)
– SASKAT. @ WINNIPEG SUN. 09/07 4:00PM (ESPN)
– BYE: TORONTO
(TEAMS IN BOLD HAVE WVU ALUMNI ON THE ROSTER)