Monday, October 13, 2008

Calgary regains first with win over Riders








The Calgary Stampeders gained sole possession of first place in the CFL West Monday, with a convincing 42-5 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Calgary.

The Stamps took control early, scoring on their first two posessions. After a Saskatchewan turnover, Calgary scored on an 81 yard pass play from Henry Burris to Ken-Yon Rambo. Sandro Deangelis then booted a 42 yard fieldgoal, putting the Stampeders up 10-0 near the midway point of the opening quarter. Jamie Boreham drilled a 56 yard punt into the Calgary endzone nearly two minutes later, putting the Riders on the board via the conceded single.

The Horseys regained the 10 point lead early in the second via a conceded single off a Deangelis miss from 46 yards out. Luca Congi cut into the deficit 4:45 into the second, booting a 51 yard fieldgoal, cutting the deficit to 11-4. However, that's as close as the green and white would get. Two minutes later, Burris hit Jermaine Copeland with an 18 yard touchdown pass, upping their lead to 18-4.

Turnovers continued to hurt the Riders in the second half. A lost fumble by Bishop near centre field, the third Saskatchewan turnover of the game, set up Calgary with a short field. Deangelis booted a 15 yard field goal, putting the Stamps on top 24-4 at the 9:45 mark. Deangelis converted again, after the Riders turned it over on downs. His 43 yard fieldgoal increased Calgary's lead to 27-4. Boreham notched Saskatchewan's final point of the day with a 73 yard punt single on the final play of the third quarter, making the score 27-5 in favor of the Stampeders.

Calgary put the game out of reach with an 85 yard touchdown pass from Burris to Nik Lewis halfway through the fourth quarter. The Stampeders wrapped up the game with a pair of scores with just over a minute remaining. Demetris Summers scored on a six yard run and Deangelis booted a 73 yard single on the ensuing kickoff, making the final score Calgary 42, Roughriders 5.

Henry Burris completed 14 of 28 passes for the Stampeders for 304 yards and three touchdown. Nik Lewis was his favorite target, catching 5 balls for 135 yards and one touchdown. Sandro Deangelis toed 17 points, on 4 of 5 fieldgoals, 4 of 4 converts and 2 singles. Michael Bishop completed 17 of 33 passes for Saskatchewan for 298 yards, but also tossed three interceptions. Weston Dressler had a big day for the green and white, catching 8 passes for a total of 133 yards. He was named the Riders offensive star of the game. Perhaps the deciding factor in the Thanksgiving Day contest, was that Saskatchewan gave the ball away seven times, while Calgary didn't turn the ball over once.

The Stamps take over first in the West at 10-5 for 20 points. The Riders slip to 9-6 for 18 points, tied for second with B.C. and Edmonton. Next up for Saskatchewan is a Sunday contest at Mosaic Stadium in Regina against the East Division's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Hamilton enters the game with a 3-12-0 record for six points, last in the East, 14 points behind division leading Montreal, who beat the Ti-Cats 42-11 Monday. Kickoff is set for 2:00pm Central time. As always, you can catch all the exciting play-by-play with Rod Pedersen (http://rodpedersen.blogspot.com) and Carm Carteri on The Home of the Home teams, 620 CKRM, beginning an hour before kickoff. You can listen online at http://www.620ckrm.com.

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