Points on the Flag: Week 3
Its time for our weekly roundup of the top 11 Canadian performances of the CFL week that was, one for each point on the Canadian Maple Leaf.
11. Cory Watson, SB, BC Lions (Concordia)
Stats: 3 Receptions, 58 Yards
Watson was playing against his former team for the first time and was one of the few Lions getting separation late in the game, breaking free on a deep ball at a key moment. It was all for not but his effort was noticed.
10. Natey Adjei, SB, Edmonton Eskimos (Buffalo)
Stats: 2 Receptions, 25 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 1 Special Teams’ Tackle
While Adjei’s stat line might not be the most impressive, his impact on the game shifted momentum in Edmonton’s favour. His toe dragging touchdown catch was a key moment for the Edmonton and he followed it up with a massive hit in kick coverage. Adjei doesn’t get a lot of opportunities but he made the most of it this week.
9. Justin Sorenson, C, Edmonton Eskimos (South Carolina)
Stats: Lead Run Blocker for 165 Yard Rushing Performance by CJ Gable
The monstrous man in the middle of Edmonton’s offensive line deserves a lot of credit for the success of the Eskimos run game. As the brain of the unit, Sorenson made the right calls and got his hat to the second level often. Most of Gable’s success was straight up the gut and Sorenson also helped make sure that Davon Coleman didn’t re-acquaint himself with Mike Reilly’s rib cage.
8. Bo Lokombo, WLB, BC Lions (Oregon)
Stats: 6 Defensive Tackles
Lokombo is finally getting a legitimate opportunity to contribute on defence and took most of the reps away from Dyshawn Davis. He’s presence on the game was noticeable and he may have been a stronger chin strap away from changing the momentum of the game back in BC’s favour.
7. Sam Hurl, MLB, Saskatchewan Roughriders (Calgary)
Stats: 7 Defensive Tackles, 1 Special Teams’ Tackle
Hurl has long been critically panned by the online CFL prognosticators, but his Week 3 performance was one of the bright spots in a miserable game for Saskatchewan. Leading the defence and contributing on special teams, Hurl continues to defy the odds as a starter.
6. Andrew Harris, RB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Vancouver Island Raiders)
Stats: 14 Carries, 66 Yards, 3 Receptions, 17 Yards, 1 Touchdown
Making his third straight appearance on this list, Harris has been nothing if not consistent. While the Winnipeg offence sputtered, Harris continued to be the guy grinding out yards and scoring touchdowns.
5. Chris Ackie, WLB, Montreal Alouettes (Wilfrid Laurier)
Stats: 7 Defensive Tackles
Ackie is really coming into his own as a starting CFL linebacker and is using his athleticism to rack up the tackles all over the field. He once again made more tackles than Henoc Muamba and was key to silencing the Saskatchewan offence.
4. Antoine Pruneau, S, Ottawa Redblacks (Montreal)
Stats: 8 Defensive Tackles, 1 Special Teams’ Tackle
Ottawa laid an absolute egg offensively versus the Stampeders, but somehow their defense kept them competitive through 3 quarters despite massive injuries. Pruneau played a large role in that as the last line of defence at the safety position, and the fact that he led his team in tackles shows how much the rest of the team struggled.
3. Kwaku Boateng, DE, Edmonton Eskimos (Wilfrid Laurier)
Stats: 3 Defensive Tackles, 2 Sacks
After dropping in the 2017 CFL Draft, Boateng impressed enough to earn the starting job his sophomore season. The first two games were quiet for the EarthKwaku but he more than made up for it by putting continuous pressure on Jonathan Jennings and taking him to turf twice.
2. Sean Thomas-Erlington, RB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Montreal)
Stats: 11 Carries, 92 Yards
Last week, the Ti-Cats rolled with Mercer Timmis grinding it out in the backfield and while Timmis was responsible for the Hamilton scoring, the flashy running of Sean Thomas-Erlington was showcased this week. Hurdling Taylor Loffler in vengeance of the 2015 Vanier Cup put an exclamation point on a break out performance.
1. Christophe Mulumba-Tshimanga, WLB, Edmonton Eskimos (Maine)
Stats: 6 Defensive Tackles, 1 Special Teams’ Tackle, 2 Sacks
Mulumba was an obvious impact performer for the Eskimos from start to finish, roaming from sideline to sideline and getting acquainted with Jonathan Jennings on multiple occasion. He very nearly added a pick to his stat line as well and was key to a bounce back performance by the Edmonton defence.