Lions versus Stampeders: Game Essentials

 

 
 
 
 
Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Drew Tate prepares to pass during the first half CFL football action against the B.C. Lions, in Vancouver, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.
 
 

Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Drew Tate prepares to pass during the first half CFL football action against the B.C. Lions, in Vancouver, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.

Photograph by: JONATHAN HAYWARD, THE CANADIAN PRESS

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THE SKINNY

In a game that had the earmarks of a preseason contest, with numerous starters idled and practice roster players activated for the first time, the Stamps improved to 14-4 as backup QBs Drew Tate and Bryant Moniz produced four TDs and demonstrated that Calgary’s second unit offence is better than half the first teams in the CFL. President Dennis Skulsky said the Lions had to be better at home this season. They weren’t -- 4-5 for the second year in a row and 7-11 overall, B.C.’s worst finish since 1996 (5-13).

ABSENT FRIENDS

Along with quarterback Jonathon Jennings, the Lions rested a host of stalwart starters, among them CFL tackles leader Adam Bighill, Ryan Phillips, Mic’hael Brooks, Chris Rainey, Khreem Smith, Jabar Westerman, Lavelle Hawkins, Bryan Burnham, Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Richie Leone and reception yards leader Manny Arceneaux. With Bighill and Hoffman-Ellis idled, second-year LB Bo Lokombo led the Lions with nine defensive tackles. Lokombo had one special teams tackle and finished the season with 24, tops in the CFL. Bighill ended the year with 117 defensive tackles, also No. 1.

SUTTON IMPACT

Lions feature back Andrew Harris reached 1,000 yards for the season on his first rushing attempt Saturday and had seven more carries to finish at 1,039. In search of his first CFL rushing title, he was pulled after the first quarter, with a 119-yard lead over Montreal’s Tyrell Sutton. It was not to be. Sutton peeled off 139 yards Sunday in the Als’ 30-24 OT loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders to finish No. 1 with 1,059 yards. Calgary’s Jerome Messam (1,006) was the third CFL rusher to reach 1,000.

DURANT, DURANT

Former Simon Fraser wideout and Centennial Centaur grad Lemar Durant showed why he may have been a steal for the Stampeders in the second round (18th overall) of the 2015 CFL draft. The 23-year-old rookie elevated to snare a pair of touchdown passes against overmatched Lions defenders, scoring on an 18-yard throw from Drew Tate in the second quarter and again on a 22-yard strike from third-string QB Bryant Moniz in the fourth. Durant was the No. 8 ranked prospect in the draft but slipped into the second round.

ORANGE AID

While he doesn’t figure to displace Lavelle Hawkins or Manny Arceneaux (both healthy scratches) for the West semi-final on Sunday, Geraldo Boldewijn looks to be a player worth keeping around. The lanky, long-striding receiver from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, had three catches for 64 yards, most of them coming on a 50-yard strike from Travis Lulay that set up a field goal in the second quarter. Boldewijn joined the Lions expanded practice roster on Oct. 6. He had brief NFL stops with Atlanta and Miami after his college experience at Boise State.

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Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Drew Tate prepares to pass during the first half CFL football action against the B.C. Lions, in Vancouver, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.
 

Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Drew Tate prepares to pass during the first half CFL football action against the B.C. Lions, in Vancouver, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.

Photograph by: JONATHAN HAYWARD, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Drew Tate prepares to pass during the first half CFL football action against the B.C. Lions, in Vancouver, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.
B.C. Lions’ quarterback Jonathon Jennings passes against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday October 23, 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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