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Calgary Stampeders' Reggie Begelton grabs CFL weekly star honour

He hauled in four touchdown passes …

And some might argue, a fifth.

It was a night to remember for Reggie Begelton despite a rough 40-34 overtime loss to the visiting Montreal Alouettes.

The consolation is the Calgary Stampeders receiver is one of the Canadian Football League’s players of the week following his record-setting performance against the Alouettes at McMahon Stadium on Saturday.

Begelton tied a franchise record with four touchdown receptions in a single game, matching the mark set by Herm Harrison in 1970.

He was also one TD shy of the CFL single-game record held by Ernie Pitts (1959) and looked to have it late in the second quarter.

“My performance, I think, was very real, but it was bittersweet when you don’t come up with the ‘W’,” Begelton said post-game. “It’s hard actually to be happy about that. Individual stats is not my thing. I don’t go into every game worried about individual stats.

“I want to come out and do my best so we can get the win at the end of the day.”

Begelton’s TDs came on four throws from QB Nick Arbuckle: on a shovel pass that he ran in from 12 yards in the first quarter; on two fourth-quarter, over-the-top 56- and 69-yard passes; and on a seven-yard toss in the first OT session.

It looked like he had another TD late in the second half, but officials waved off his catch as incomplete when, deeming he didn’t have possession long enough before it was knocked out of his hands as he fell to the ground. That drive ended with a Rene Paredes field-goal.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” said Begelton with a glare. “They called it incomplete.”

On the night, he had a total of eight catches against the Alouettes and established a personal single-game best with 173 receiving yards. The bulk of the yardage came on two long catch-and-run touchdowns in the fourth quarter — a 56-yarder followed by a 69-yarder.

For the season, Begelton is among the CFL leaders in catches (third with 49), yards (third with 704) and touchdowns (tied for second with five). The 25-year-old native of Beaumont, Texas, has already established personal season-highs in all three categories.

Begelton is the third Stamps player to be honoured as a CFL player of the week so far this season. Fellow receiver Eric Rogers was named a star in Week 3, and cornerback Tre Roberson received the honour in Week 4.

Als QB Vernon Adams Jr. was also named a CFL star for Week 10. The 26-year-old quarterback completed 32-of-50 passes for a career-high 389 yards. After throwing two interceptions in the first half, Adams completed two touchdown passes, along with two rushing majors — both in overtime.

The other player of the week, Edmonton Eskimos QB Trevor Harris, passed for a season-high 420 yards, while converting 28-of-41 pass attempts and accounting for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in a 41-26 victory over the host Toronto Argonauts last Friday.