November 25, 2018

What. A. Play.

EDMONTON – He figured his team needed a spark.

So he produced one.

With the Stampeders holding a slim 14-11 lead and time ticking down in the first half, Terry Williams looked down the field and saw Ottawa Redblacks kicker Richie Leone boot a 46-yard punt his way.

He caught it on Calgary’s 13-yard line and started running for daylight.

He didn’t stop until he went 97 yards for the major, setting a new Grey Cup punt return record in the process.

“Gotta hit it – that was the biggest thing I needed to do,” said Williams. “When I saw that, I was like I’ve got to outrun everybody and coach told me that I’m the fastest person in the league so I just wanted to show that.”

Show it he did, bringing the crowd to its feet as he tacked on another six points to pad the Calgary lead – 21-11 – after 30 minutes.

He finished the night with two kickoff returns for 46 yards, five punt returns for 112 yards and two rushes for 16 yards, as the Stamps beat the Redblacks 27-16 in the 106th Grey Cup.

“It felt good, I knew my team needed a spark, Ottawa was battling back and we knew we needed to make something happen especially before the half to keep the momentum going and keep everybody’s spirits high so that’s all I wanted to do,” he said.

Williams has a nickname among his teammates that’s well earned, said quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

“We call him Scary Terry because when he’s moving at full speed, he is scary,” said the pivot.

Mitchell, named the game’s MVP for his performance, said that play, at that moment, made a huge difference in their victory.

“It was kinda funny, I’m standing next to (special teams coach Mark) Kilam on that play and (Williams) starts to slip down and Kilam’s like ‘Shoot!’ and all of a sudden, he’s gone,” said Mitchell.

“Honeslty, that play … you talk about three plays winning a game? That was one of those three plays.”

It’s the type of play every football player dreams of making in the game, agreed Williams.

“It feels good just to be a part of this organization, it’s a great organization, got to win a Cup,” he said. “We’re bringing one back to Calgary, that’s all that matters.”