Bombers kicker Liegghio named CFL top performer of the week

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Two days after he nailed four field goals, including the game-winner, Winnipeg Blue Bombers rookie kicker Marc Liegghio has been named one of the CFL’s top performers of the week.

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Liegghio, 24, hit a 45-yard field goal with 37 seconds left in the game to give the Bombers an 18-16 win over the Calgary Stampeders. Liegghio initially missed, from 35 yards, but the play was ruled dead because of a time-count violation against the Bombers. After the ball was moved back 10 yards, Liegghio booted it right down the middle for the winning score.

He went four-for-four on field goal tries, also hitting from 50, 42 and 37 yards.

He did miss a 32-yard convert attempt in the first quarter. He also punted seven times for a 44.3 yard average and seemed to have good control of his direction and placement.

Liegghio was selected by the Bombers in the fifth round of the 2020 CFL Draft and came to training camp as the only kicker. However, he struggled with his place-kicking accuracy and the team chose to sign veteran Tyler Crapigna to handle field goals and converts.

Crapigna didn’t fare well in the first three games of the season. Head coach Mike O’Shea was reluctant to let him try any field goals outside of 40 yards and the only two kicks he made came from 22 and 15 yards. He missed twice in the Bombers 30-23 loss to the Toronto Argonauts on Aug. 21.

Liegghio fared much better, although a day after his big game, the team signed American kicker Ali Mourtada as competition and insurance.

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