CFL: Simoni Lawrence, Cody Fajardo, Dane Evans top performers in Week 16

Simoni Lawrence, Cody Fajardo and Dane Evans were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week for Week 16 of the CFL’s 2019 season.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges who independently send their selections to the CFL head office. The panel includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Ford of TSN and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


Hamilton’s star linebacker Simoni Lawrence re-wrote the CFL history books in the Tiger-Cats’ 33-13 victory in Winnipeg on Friday night. Lawrence recorded a CFL-record 17 defensive tackles to surpass former Roughrider Reggie Hunt’s 16 set in 2003.

Lawrence notched five tackles included a tackle for a loss in the first half, before he exploded with a dozen more and a pass knockdown while smothering the Winnipeg offence. His record-setting tackle came with 46 seconds remaining and Kenny Lawler falling victim to his defensive prowess.

With his historic outing, Lawrence now sits second in the league with 78 tackles – one shy of Cory Greenwood. The native of Upper Darby, Pa., also has four sacks and two interceptions on the season.


Saskatchewan quarterback Cody Fajardo led the way in a 41-16 road victory in Toronto as the team booked its ticket into the 107th Grey Cup playoffs. The Nevada alum completed 23-of-27 passes (85%) for 278 yards and a trio of touchdowns, while adding 80 yards on the ground and a rushing major.

Midway through the second, Fajardo found Kyran Moore who dodged several tackles before reaching the endzone for a 28-yard major. A stellar second half saw the Brea, Calif., native connect with Shaq Evans for another touchdown before he called his own number and scampered in from eight yards out to make it 23 straight points for the visitors. Fajardo ended his day by finding Emmanuel Arceneaux in stride for a 55-yard touchdown.

This season, Fajardo has accumulated 3,140 passing yards with a 72% completion rate and 23 touchdowns (13 pass, 10 rush). He has now been recognized as a Shaw CFL Top Performer on three occasions, including nods in Weeks 3 and 8.


Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Dane Evans (9) throws against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg on Friday, September 27, 2019. (John Woods / CP)

Tiger-Cats pivot Dane Evans was 25-for-32 (78%) while passing for 359 yards and three touchdowns as Hamilton registered a 33-13 victory in Winnipeg. It was the Tulsa product’s fourth consecutive game passing for 300+ yards, and his fifth of the 2019 campaign.

After falling behind 7-0 early in the contest, Evans connected with Bralon Addison for an 8-yard score to kickstart the Hamilton offence – it would be the first of 24 straight points for the visiting side, including a 10-yard strike to Brandon Banks midway through the second frame. Evans went on to total 308 passing yards in the first half.

The native of Sanger, Texas, wrapped up Hamilton’s 11th victory of the year by finding Tyrell Sutton for an 8-yard TD in the fourth quarter – his first as a member of the Tiger-Cats. It also marked Evans’ second game-in-a-row with a trio of passing majors.

Evans’ breakout season now includes 2,646 yards through the air on 70% passing. He has 14 touchdown passes, while rushing for three more. This is his second weekly honour in addition to a Week 12 selection.

Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week!

Andrew Harris won Week 15 of Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week and collected 10 bonus points.

1 Trevor Harris 450
2 Willie Jefferson 335
T-3 Brandon Banks 250
T-3 Vernon Adams Jr. 250
T-5 Winston Rose 200
T-5 William Stanback 200
7 Cody Fajardo 195
T-8 Charleston Hughes 150
T-8 Tre Roberson 150
10 William Powell 145
11 Dane Evans 135
T-12 Janarion Grant 110
T-12 Chris Streveler 110
14 Andrew Harris 105
T-15 Greg Ellingson 100
T-15 Dylan Wynn 100
T-15 Eric Rogers 100
T-15 McLeod Bethel-Thompson 100
T-15 Simoni Lawrence 100
20 Sean Thomas Erlington 85
21 C.J. Gable 75
22 Matt Nichols 60
T-23 Bralon Addison 50
T-23 DeVone Dedmon 50
T-23 Dominique Davis 50
T-23 John Bowman 50
T-23 Jumal Rolle 50
T-23 Jake Wieneke 50
T-29 Mike Miller 35
T-29 Reggie Begelton 35
T-31 Ja’Gared Davis 25
T-31 Shaq Evans 25
T-31 Ryan Lankford 25
T-31 DaVaris Daniels 25
T-31 Derel Walker 25

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