Deep Dive: Inside Lewis Ward’s Consecutive FG Streak

The REDBLACKS’ Lewis Ward has made 67 consecutive field goal attempts dating back to last season (Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca)

Ottawa kicker keeps adding to his professional record for consecutive FGs

Playing a position where one is only as good as his last attempt, the Ottawa REDBLACKS’ Lewis Ward continues be a model of consistency.

Through week eight of the CFL season, Ward has connected on 67 straight regular-season field goal attempts. In last year’s Eastern Conference final against Hamilton and Grey Cup matchup against Calgary, Ward was 2-for-3 on field goal attempts.

In his debut against Saskatchewan, Ward was good on three of four attempts, missing his final try. The streak began seven days later in a week three 24-14 loss at Calgary. For his career, Ward has hit on 70 of 71 field goals for a success rate of 98.6%. To put that number in perspective, only three CFL kickers in addition to Ward made =>90% of their field goal attempts in the 2018 season (minimum 40 attempts).

Ottawa is 13-11 during Ward’s streak, playing 12 home games during the streak (6-6), with Ward making 39 field goals. In 12 road contests (7-5), Ward has been good on 28 tries.

DateOppScoreFG
06/28/2018@ CGYL 14-242
07/06/2018@ MTLW 28-182
07/12/2018vs CGYL 3-271
07/20/2018vs BCW 29-255
07/28/2018@ HAMW 21-157
08/02/2018@ TORL 41-422
08/11/2018vs MTLW 24-173
08/17/2018@ WPGW 44-212
08/31/2018vs MTLL 11-213
09/07/2018@ BCL 14-262
09/15/2018@ SSKW 30-251
09/22/2018vs EDMW 28-157
10/05/2018vs WPGL 32-40 (OT)3
10/13/2018@ EDML 16-343
10/19/2018vs HAMW 35-312
10/27/2018@ HAMW 30-131
11/02/2018vs TORW 24-92
06/15/2019@ CGYW 32-283
06/20/2019vs SSKW 44-416
07/05/2019vs WPGL 14-292
07/13/2019vs MTLL 19-362
07/19/2019@ WPGL 1-310
07/25/2019vs CGYL 16-173
08/02/2019@ MONW 30-27 (OT)3

Field Goals by Quarter

QuarterFG
Totals67
112
219
317
418
OT1

Field Goals by Distance

DISTANCEFG
Totals57
10-1913
20-2912
30-3921
40-4917
50+4

Ward’s original career long of 52 yards was his 45th straight made field goal, breaking the professional football record of 44 held by Adam Vinatieri. The previous CFL record of 39 was held by Rene Paredes. Ward has since hit on two 53-yard field goals so far in 2019.

In 24 games during the streak, Ward has made two or more field goals 20 times. His record in a game is seven (twice), and also has games of five and six to his credit. Only once (July 19, 2019 at Winnipeg) has Ward failed to attempt a field goal.

Field goals vs. opponent

OPPONENTGFG
Montreal513
Edmonton210
Hamilton310
Calgary49
BC Lions27
Saskatchewan27
Winnipeg47
Toronto24

Current CFL kickers’ consecutive field goal streak*

PlayerTeamFG
Lewis WardOTT67
Sergio CastilloBC7
Lirim HajrullahuHAM7
Justin MedlockWPG6
Brett Lauther (IL)SSK6
Gabriel FerraroSSK4
Tyler CrapignaTOR2
Boris BedeMTL1
Rene ParedesCGY1
Sean WhyteEDM1

*Through August 3, 2019

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