MAC'S MAIN MAN
The most recent chapter of the battle of Ontario had an extra point of interest Saturday as quarterbacks Henry Burris of Hamilton and Ricky Ray of Toronto Argonauts moved their rivalry to the East Division from their Calgary (Burris) versus Edmonton (Ray) wars of years gone by. However, it was not the gun slingers most deserving of this week's honour. Speedy second-year sensation Chris Williams put the Tiger-Cats on his back and tore up the gridiron with two special-teams scores as well as delivering the game's first touchdown, courtesy a 35-yard reception. Williams owned Argos kicker Noel Prefontaine in the first half as he took it to the house on an 87-yard punt return and an incredible 119-yard rampage for six off of a missed field goal. Simply put, the 24-year-old import is the most dangerous return man in all of Canada.
With wideout Andy Fantuz taking form and the rocket arm of Burris, Chris Williams is the perfect complement to put Hamilton in the CFL's upper echelon.
-- Andy McNamara
After struggling offensively in their previous outing, the Edmonton Eskimos bounced back with a solid output on Saturday. The Eskimos played with the lead early, which allowed them to open the playbook right up and put the spotlight on running back Hugh Charles. Charles pounded away, rushing 14 times for 51 yards. But it was his explosive 76-yard touchdown catch and run that not only sealed the game and win for the Green and Gold, it showed that the former Saskatchewan Roughrider can go off when given the chance. In what will be a very competitive West Division, and with the uncertainty at quarterback with Steven Jyles, a healthy and productive Charles can be a blessing for a team who is in the "rebuilding" stage after trading away Ray to the Argos this past off-season.
Hugh Charles, with 51 rushing yards on 14 carries, plus three catches for 145 yards and a touchdown, is this week's Carlan's Darling.
-- Carlan Gay
Honourable Mention: Toronto's bruising running back Cory Boyd, who rushed for an impressive 168 yards on 19 carries in the loss to Hamilton.
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