July 18, 2018

A Fond Memory

CALGARY, AB - JUNE 16, 2018: The Calgary Stampeders won 28-14 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at McMahon Stadium on Saturday's Home Opener. (Photo by Angela Burger/Calgary Stampeders)

Do you remember the last time the Montreal Alouettes were at McMahon Stadium?

Terry Williams sure does.

For good reason, too, as Sept. 29, 2017 marked the running back’s first career start for the Stamps.

And what a start it was – Williams rushed for 156 yards and tallied three touchdowns in a breakout performance, as the Stamps crushed the Alouettes 59-11.

“I was on the practice squad for the longest time,” Williams recalled. “To get my opportunity was a boost for me, knowing I could actually do it – my first pro start.

“It gave me confidence for the rest of last season, and even coming into this year, knowing I could play the position at a high level.”

The fond memories of that night are shared by running backs coach Marc Mueller, who saw the explosive rusher prove what a game-changer he could be.

“Terry played confident, protected the ball, protected the quarterback, and had a lot of really nice runs in that game,” said Mueller. “That’s what we expected of him then, and that’s what we expect of him now.

“He’s a guy who’s a tough runner, and if you give him a seam he can run until somebody catches him – and that’s not going to happen very often.

Fast forward to present day, Williams remains on the one-game injury list after missing last week. It’s uncertain if he’ll play Saturday night at 7 p.m. when the Red & White host the Alouettes.

“He’s doing well,” said Mueller. “He’s working his way back, and whether he’s on the roster Saturday or not we’ll find out later in the week. But he’s working hard to get back on.”

And hopefully have a repeat performance.

“This is a new season, they’re a new team,” said Williams. “If I do play I’m trying to come back and play fast. If not, I want to cheer on my teammates, my guys, and make sure everybody is on the same page and ready to play.”

The Alouettes currently sit last in the Eastern Division at 1-3, but Mueller isn’t putting any stock in the record, given the visitors’ veteran defence.

“They’ve got Chris Ackie, Henoc Muamba, John Bowman, who have been good players for a long time in the CFL,” Mueller explained. “They have a really good defence, they’re not going to get fooled on a lot of things – you just have to play hard and take what they give you.”

“We’re 4-0 trying to be 5-0,” said Williams. “We’re going to play our game, and be the Calgary Stampeders that we know how to be.”