Dave Sheldon | Email David.Sheldon@corusent.com
The Calgary Stampeders erupted for 34 first half points and never looked back, humbling the BC Lions 41-21 on a frigid night in Calgary.
The Stamps jumped on BC Quarterback Mike Reilly and also the BC defence, putting up a 24-0 lead after just 10 minutes of play. For the better part of the first half, the Lions had no answers on either side of the ball or on special teams where Paul McCallum was having troubles punting the ball in the sub-zero conditions.
Calgary had touchdown passes from three different quarterbacks in this game, with Kevin Glenn, Drew Tate and Bo Mitchell all tossing majors in the opening half of the game. Anwar Stewart led the Stampeder defence, taking down Reilly four times as Calgary put eight sacks up against the Lions on the night.
BC did make the game interesting, cutting the lead to 34-21 late in the third quarter, but were unable to hang on to the ball, fumbling a number of opportunities to get back in the game. The Lions fumbled the ball away five times on the evening, including three by Reilly.
As bad as the game was for BC, the good news is that the game will not affect the standings in the CFL West. BC falls to 12-5 on the season, but has top spot locked up, while Calgary moves to 11-6 and has second place wrapped up and a home date in the West Semi-Final.
The Lions will wrap their season up next weekend at home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.