4th time's the charm for Wilson in end zone

CFLS NOTEBOOK

October 23, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

Walter Wilson finally found the end zone yesterday but not before he swallowed another dose of adversity.

The Baltimore wide-out dropped a sure-thing touchdown pass, and another was knocked away at the goal line in the second quarter.

Then in the third quarter, he made a touchdown catch that was called back because of an illegal blocking penalty. But Wilson salvaged the day with a fourth-quarter touchdown catch that helped the CFLs put away the B.C. Lions, 48-31, at Memorial Stadium.

The fact he got a chance to make the 26-yard reception in the fourth quarter was what Wilson, an alumnus of Southern High, appreciated most in the win.

"Any time you drop a ball, you want to redeem yourself," Wilson said. "Tracy [Ham] gave me a chance to redeem myself two times after that, and I came through.

The drop came at the end of the first half. On second down from the B.C. 53, Wilson ran under a long pass from Ham inside the 20 -- then had the ball bounce off his face mask.

"Hit me in the face," he said. "When the ball is in the air so long, you have a tendency to wonder how you're going to catch it. I relaxed instead of reacted."

One series before, James Jefferson broke up another certain touchdown pass when he deflected the ball away from Wilson at the last second.

Wilson got his first touchdown in six weeks in the fourth quarter on a simple streak route. He beat Jefferson deep and Ham fired a perfect pass. That opened up a 45-24 Baltimore lead.

Wilson set up Baltimore's first touchdown of the game with a juggling catch at the B.C. 15. Diving for the pass, Wilson tipped it, then caught the ball one-handed as he lay on the turf.

Record hunting

Baltimore running back Mike Pringle virtually sewed up the rushing title in the CFL this season with his 216-yard effort. Now the question is, which of the records will he break?

With 1,692 yards and two games left, Pringle is on pace to gain 1,903. That would break the league record of 1,896 set by Calgary's Willie Burden in 1975.

With 2,107 yards from scrimmage, he is on pace to accumulate 2,370 yards. That would shatter the mark of 2,207 set by Winnipeg's Robert Mimbs in 1991.

With 2,849 all-purpose yards, Pringle is on pace to gain 3,205. But that would be shy of the record of 3,300 set by Toronto's Mike Clemons in 1990.

Pringle takes a seemingly insurmountable 409-yard lead over runner-up Blaise Bryant of Winnipeg into Saturday's showdown with the Blue Bombers.

B.C. coach Dave Ritchie probably said it best Friday when he questioned Sacramento's judgment in trading Pringle last summer. "They need their head examined," he said.

Miscellaneous

Donald Igwebuike's streak of 10 consecutive field goals since returning to the team Oct. 1 ended when a 37-yard attempt caromed off the right upright in the second quarter. Igwebuike converted kicks of 23 and 29 yards, and is 11-for-12 since returning after being cut. . . . B.C. was penalized nine times, running its season count to 226, four off Saskatchewan's league record, set in 1992 and repeated in 1993. . . . Ham moved into 10th place on the CFL's all-time passing list with 25,395 career yards. He passed Condredge Hollway (25,193) with 246 yards yesterday. . . . The 48-point total was a season high for Baltimore.

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