The Calgary Stampeders ran their record to 7-1 by beating the BC Lions (1-7) 48-35 in front of 25,127 at Empire Field in Vancouver. First off I love Empire Field! If it was remodeled with modern conveniences it would be the perfect CFL stadium. The fans are on top of the action, and really has a different feel than the cavernous BC Place.
Unfortunately the injury bug was hitting everywhere in this game. Even the officials couldn’t get through the game unscathed as the referee suffered a leg injury and had to leave the game. The Stampeders receiving core took a hit as well with a couple of guys having to leave the game with some nagging injuries. The worst one for the Stamps may have been Rombe Bryant who got flipped in mid air and landed on his head, and clearly had his bell rung but I think he should be alright.
But those paled in comparison to the scary injury suffered by Lions WR Darius Passmore. Passmore stretched out for a pass that was out of bounds and well into the collapsible sideline advertising, however the one sign didn’t collapse as he hit it perfectly on the corner of the ad right in his throat. Fortunately the Stampeders and Lions training staffs were right on him, and while they took every precaution it looks as though Passmore suffered only a bruised larynx and a cut on his throat. He was taken to hospital as a precaution but gave everyone the thumbs up as he left the field on a stretcher.
The Stampeders in the game stuck to the game plan, of setting up the offense through the ground game. The Stamps ran for a total of 215 yards compared to the BC Lions who could only muster 44 yards on the ground. Joffrey Reynolds had 12 carries for 94 yards while Jon Cornish had a nice day in front of family and friends carrying the ball 6 times for 70 yards. Henry Burris ran 3 times for 34 yards and a TD.
Henry Burris was solid again completing 20 of 34 passes for 276 yards and 2 TD’s, however once again Henry made a couple bad decisions in a 5 minute period that led to two of the three interceptions he threw on the day. This problem has to be addressed before the Stamps face the Als and Roughriders in a few weeks because they will kill you with those turnovers. Ken-Yon Rambo led the way for the Stampeders receivers catching 9 passes for 108 yards and 2 TD’s.
The Stampeders defense was stellar again. The Lions put up to late TD’s to make the score look much more flattering than the game was. While in the first half the only time the Lions moved the ball was when the Stampeders turned it over and gave BC great field position. The Lions only had 266 yards of offense and half of that came in the last two possessions with the game well out of reach.
Next up for the Stampeders is the annual Labour Day Classic at McMahon Stadium hosting the Edmonton Eskimos! Throw out the records for this game as they mean nothing on Labour Day!
Have a good one!
About the Author
Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!