Boris Bede honours injured long-snapper Jake Reinhart with No. 58 on tee

Toronto Argonauts’ kicker/punter Boris Bede honoured injured long-snapper Jake Reinhart by putting his No. 58 on the tee he used to kick a game-winning field goal on Monday.

The Argos trailed the Hamilton Tiger-Cats early in the fourth quarter by a score of 20-8. A pair of touchdowns from Chandler Worthy and DaVaris Daniels gave Toronto a 21-20 lead, after which Taylor Bertolet kicked a 12-yard field goal with 1:30 remaining.

The Boatmen drove the field, setting up Bede for a game-winning field goal that he placed perfectly between the uprights. He was swarmed on the field when he was photographed holding up his tee labelled with Reinhart’s No. 58.

The long-snapper suffered a season-ending elbow injury in last week’s 35-16 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks. The native of Guelph, Ont. went unselected in the 2012 CFL Draft but has been a member of the Double Blue since 2014. He has dressed for 110 career games, recording 33 special teams tackles.

Reinhart was replaced by Maxime Latour, who was claimed off the Ottawa Redblacks’ practice roster.

Bede has connected on 14-of-18 field goal attempts this season with a long of 54 yards. He has also made all 16 convert attempts and punted 61 times for an average of 45.1 yards.

The Laval product had played his entire five-year career in Montreal prior to being traded to Toronto. In 2019 he converted on 31-of-35 field goals (88.6 percent), while leading the league in kickoff yards (5,772) and kickoff average (69.5). He also finished third in the CFL in punt average for punters who had at least 100 attempts (44.6).

The six-foot-four, 225-pound kicker is the CFL’s all-time leader in kickoff average at 69.3 yards, more than three yards longer than number two on the list. The Tiffin University and Laval University alum was a CFL East Division all-star in 2015 after nailing 36-of-40 field goals (90.0 percent).

The Argos (6-3) are now four points ahead of the Montreal Alouettes (4-4) and the Ticats (4-5) for first place in the East Division.

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