Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gott Relishing Chance with Redblacks as Ottawa Closes in on Playoff Spot

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gott Relishing Chance with Redblacks as Ottawa Closes in on Playoff Spot

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Gott relishing chance with Redblacks

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OTTAWA - After spending weeks on the sidelines, Jon Gott is getting a chance to help the Ottawa Redblacks clinch a playoff spot.

The veteran offensive lineman is expected to be in Ottawa's lineup Friday night as the Redblacks (8-5) try book their ticket to the post-season for a fourth straight year with a win or a tie over the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7-7).

Gott, who turned 33 years old earlier this week, has something to prove after sitting out the last five games. He had been patiently waiting for his opportunity to get back in the lineup, and while it comes due to injuries, he will take it.

The Redblacks placed offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan and defensive back Antoine Pruneau on the six-game injured list Thursday morning.

"It's never fun to say that you're not playing any more," Gott said. "It's been a while since I've sat on the bench so it was something different. I dealt with it and tried to help the guys as much as I could and just come in with a good attitude.

"I've been playing for ten years so I think I've proven how I can play so I'm just going out there to have fun and help the team win."

Gott said his time on the sidelines had him pondering his football future.

"It comes into mind and you can't help thinking about it a bit, but you've just got to help the team out as much as you can and worry about that when the season is over."

Meanwhile, kicker Lewis Ward looks to continue his exceptional rookie season.

The Kingston, Ont., native, generously listed at five-foot-seven, has been instrumental to the Redblacks success. The University of Ottawa graduate has made 40 of his 41 field goal attempts and two weeks ago set a single-season mark for consecutive field goals, breaking the previous record of 32 set by Calgary Stampeders kicker Rene Paredes in 2016. …

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