Stampeders boot Lions, take first place

Sandro DeAngelis had to kick the winning points twice but Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris says Saturday’s 28-26 victory over the B.C. Lions was just “another day at the office.”

Stampeders 28 Lions 26

VANCOUVER — Sandro DeAngelis had to kick the winning points twice but Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris says Saturday’s 28-26 victory over the B.C. Lions was just “another day at the office.”

There was no time left when DeAngelis stroked a 22-yard field goal after the Stampeders had marched to the B.C. 15-yard line.

But Calgary was called for procedure and penalized five yards. DeAngelis then nailed the clinching field goal from 27 yards out.

“We actually rehearsed this same situation in practice, 1:30, 1:35 (remaining on the clock),” said Burris who engineered an 80-yard drive that moved Calgary into sole possession of first place in the CFL’s West Division.

“The coach gives us no time outs and we’ve got to march down and give Sandro a chance to make a field goal.

“That’s why you didn’t see any panic on our side . . . just like another day at the office.”

Calgary improved to 10-6-1 and face the Saskatchewan Roughriders next week in Regina with first place and a bye into the West final on the line. Saskatchewan lost 24-6 to Hamilton to give the Stamps a chance to break the first-place tie.

The loss was a second heartbreaker in as many weeks for the Lions (8-9).

They are tied with the Edmonton Eskimos for third in the West and are still looking to clinch a playoff berth going into the final weekend of the season. The Lions play Edmonton in Vancouver on Friday.

Tiger-Cats 24

Roughriders 6

HAMILTON, Ont. — DeAndra Cobb and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defence blew past the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton effectively countered gusting winds with Cobb’s 159-yard rushing performance with a TD and six sacks by its defence to dispatch the Riders 24-6 before an Ivor Wynne Stadium gathering of 24,586 spectators.

Hamilton’s defence held Saskatchewan to just six points with the wind, which gusted between 59 and 81 kilometres an hour throughout the contest. The unit also forced four turnovers and its sack total was the most since registering five against Toronto in September 2005.