After three-week drought, Payton is sacking again


Baltimore rush end Elfrid Payton had been getting close, but three weeks had passed since he sacked a quarterback, one of the things Payton lives for.

Yesterday, his two sacks of Saskatchewan's Warren Jones during Baltimore's 29-27 victory gave Payton a league-leading 18 for the season. On his second sack, Payton knocked the ball loose. Matt Goodwin recovered to set up the third-quarter touchdown that gave the Stallions their first lead.

"I had been beating my man all day. It's just that he [Jones] was throwing it just as I was getting there. I was hoping our coverage would make him hold the ball for that one extra second. It felt good to get there again."

* Yesterday's outstanding performance was nothing new for Saskatchewan receiver Donald Narcisse. It merely reinforced his standing as one of the top wide-outs in the CFL.

Narcisse caught 13 passes, the most completions ever allowed one receiver by Baltimore. He went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the seventh consecutive season. He also wasted no time extending his streak to 141 games in which he has caught at least one pass. On the game's first play from scrimmage, Narcisse caught a 4-yard completion.

* Carlos Huerta, the CFL's leading scorer, needed only one point to become Baltimore's all-time leader. Huerta accomplished that with his convert in the second quarter, following Chris Wright's 89-yard punt return.

Huerta then went on to make five of six field goals. On the season, Huerta has 201 points and has connected 50 of 63 field goal attempts (79.4 percent).

On his game-winner, Huerta said, "I was basically trying not to get so pumped up I'd make a dumb mistake. I just tried to relax."

Huerta also credited rookie Dan Crowley, the team's third quarterback and holder. "He puts me at ease. He has good hands and he stays calm," said Huerta. "He hasn't held like a rookie."

* The Stallions' bye week comes at an opportune time for cornerback Irv Smith. He dislocated his shoulder late in the fourth quarter and could be out for two weeks, meaning he might return for the October 21 game against British Columbia. . . . Coach Don Matthews moved into fourth place on the all-time CFL victory list with his 123rd win. . . . Gerald Alphin's touchdown was the 50th of his career and his first of the 1995 season. . . . Stallions nose tackle Jearld Baylis presented owner Jim Speros with the game ball in the locker room.

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