Stampeders 37 Lions 30
CALGARY — When pressed into duty, quarterback Drew Tate proved he could be a valuable player for the Stampeders.
Tate tossed a four-yard touchdown strike to Jermaine Jackson late in the first half and then ran for a one-yard TD in the third quarter of Calgary’s 37-30 pre-season victory over the B.C. Lions on Wednesday
“You’re not going to get many chances so when you get those few chances, you’ve got to be ready to go,” said Tate, who spent the last two seasons on the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ practice roster.
“Fortunately I got the call to come here and I got thrown in and I’m just trying to learn the system every day and just go from there.”
The Stamps built a 6-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a pair of field goals from 37 and 19 yards out by Sandro DeAngelis.
Henry Burris started at quarterback for Calgary and completed 3-of-7 passes for 42 yards before giving way to second-stringer Barrick Nealy.
Just 11 seconds into the second quarter, Nealy capped off a seven-play, 75-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run to put Calgary up 13-0.
Starting B.C. pivot Buck Pierce responded by engineering a seven-play, 72-yard drive, which he completed with a 12-yard TD pass to Greg Heatherington. B.C. kicker Sean Whyte then booted field goals from 23 and 26 yards out to tie the score 13-13.
Late in the first half during a Calgary drive, Nealy went down with an apparent knee injury and Tate was pressed into action.
“I knew once he settled down he’d be alright,” said Burris. “I just told him to take what they give you, don’t force it, and take care of the ball which is No. 1 for us. He did a good job.”
After being sacked on his first play, Tate settled down and eventually found Jackson wide open in the B.C. end zone to put the Stamps up by a touchdown heading into halftime.
Just 43 seconds into the fourth quarter, B.C. quarterback Zac Champion tossed a four-yard TD pass to rookie receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux before DeAngelis kicked his third field goal of the game from 49 yards out to put Calgary up 30-20.
Following a 41-yard field goal by Whyte, Jabari Arthur caught an 81-yard TD pass from Matt D’Orazio, Calgary’s fourth QB of the game.
But the Lions refused to quit. They pulled to within seven points when Travis Lulay, also B.C.’s fourth QB of the game, threw a 14-yard TD pass to Lyle Green.