August 19, 2017

Paredes: It was a team win

Rene Paredes and Rob Cote during a game at BC on Aug. 18, 2017

There were people on Twitter saying that I was the one that won the game for us last night in BC because most of our points came on the field goals. I appreciate the comments, but it was definitely a team win.

If you think about it, it’s still the offence. I can’t kick field goals if the offence doesn’t move the ball. Even when they can’t get the touchdown, they still give me a chance to kick a field goal. Also, I don’t snap the ball. I don’t hold it. So it’s a team game, no matter what.

It was a tough game against the Lions but a win is a win, and it’s especially nice when it’s a division game. I can’t speak for the offence because I don’t know much about it but it was a tough one last night and my kicks came through for 15 points and that was enough to win it.

Alex Singleton helps celebrate one of Rene Paredes‘ five field goals from Friday night. (Photo by Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

Obviously, the number of field-goal tries I get in a game isn’t up to me. If I get called on six or seven times or if it’s just one, it doesn’t matter, I’ll go on the field and it’s my job to make the kick.

I think it helps getting a field goal early like I did last night. Getting a PAT early helps a lot, too. I also like kicking off first – I feel that helps you get into the groove of the game. But at the end of the day, whether I kick a 52- or a 25-yarder for the first one, you’ve just got to make it.

Other than the three missed extra points in the second Ottawa game, I think things have been going well this season. I haven’t missed an extra point since and I’m at 88 per cent now on field goals, so I can’t really complain about it.

I’ve got to keep working hard during the week and hope that work will translate into success during games.