Stampeders 48 Lions 10
VANCOUVER — Quarterback Henry Burris threw three touchdowns passes and Joffrey Reynolds ran for two more as the Calgary Stampeders continued to dominate the B.C. Lions with a crushing 48-10 victory Friday night.
While Reynolds shredded B.C. by rushing for over 130 yards, the Stampeder defence mauled the Lions with five sacks and two interceptions. Defensive end Odell Willis led Calgary with three sacks.
The Stampeders erased a 7-4 deficit by scoring 34 unanswered points as the defending Grey Cup champions improved their record to 2-2.
It was Calgary’s fifth consecutive victory over the Lions, including three regular season games last year and the CFL West final.
Jeremaine Copeland had touchdown catches of seven and five yards, while rookie Jermaine Jackson hauled in a five-yard major. Reynolds scored on a pair of five-yard runs.
Burris completed 15 of 28 passes for 159 yards.
Copeland appeared to make a falling, circus catch for a third touchdown but it was ruled incomplete. The Stampeders challenged but the ruling on the field was upheld.
Calgary receiver Ken-Yon Rambo left the game late in the first quarter with a leg injury. Rambo was hurt when his right leg buckled under him while being tackled by Lions linebacker Javier Glatt.
An animated John Hufnagel, the Calgary coach and general manager, argued from the sidelines that Glatt’s tackle was a horse collar, but no flag was thrown on the play.
The Stampeders were already playing without Nik Lewis who missed the game due to a hip injury.
Kicker Sandro DeAngelis kicked field goals of 35, 27, 42 and 47 yards.
Jarious Jackson scored the Lions’ touchdown on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter. Rookie kicker Sean Whyte added a 45-yard field goal in the fourth.
It was a rough night for the Lions, who dropped to 1-3.
Both Jackson and starting quarterback Buck Pierce were booed. Many among the crowd of 27,191 headed for the exits even before the third quarter was over.
The last time the Lions started the season 1-3 was in 2004. B.C. went to the Grey Cup that year, losing to Toronto.Pierce, who was knocked out of last week’s game with a suspected concussion, put together one good drive in the first quarter, which ended in Jackson’s touchdown.
After that the B.C. offence was stagnant. Pierce was sacked twice, overthrew a couple of receivers and tossed an interception.
He was replaced by Jackson to start the second half, but returned again in the fourth quarter.