Tabbies turn tables

DAN TOTH, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

HAMILTON -- The winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats owed the Calgary Stampeders a little retribution and served up a heaping helping of it last night.

The Cats, beaten two weeks ago on a last-play field goal in Calgary, rode the toe of newcomer Mark Myers who booted the 44-yard winner as time expired for a 20-17 victory.

The winning kick was set up by Calgary punter Burke Dales' shank from his own 19-yard line with just 24 seconds remaining.

With the loss, the Stampeders fall to 3-2 but remain in first place in the CFL West, while Hamilton, 1-4, finally hits the win column under interim head coach Ron Lancaster.

"Hey, of course this one hurts. Nobody wants to lose, especially to a team still looking for its first win," said Stampeders receiver Jeremaine Copeland.

"We didn't expect to come here and lose but all teams get the upper hand whenever their head coach gets fired.

"We didn't want to fall into that hole but it happens. Whenever you go out there and take 15 to 20 penalties, that's the way the game goes and we flat-out shot ourselves in the foot too plenty times.

"We have to play better, play smarter and minimize all those penalties and maybe the game would have been different."

Stampeders starter Henry Burris posted just 228 yards passing, completing 15 of 24 passes including one touchdown.

He also threw a first-quarter interception to Tay Cody, a pick Hamilton starter Jason Maas converted into the Ticats' first major, keeping the ball on a two-yard run.

"We finally had a little adversity but we never got in sync and we just didn't make enough plays," said Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins.

"We had a chance to take this thing into overtime and we didn't get as good a kick as we wanted."

Calgary was flagged 16 times for 111 yards.

The Stampeders had opened an 11-10 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 30-yard toss from Henry Burris to Ken-Yon Rambo.

Stamps placekicker Sandro DeAngelis made it 14-10 with a 42-yard field goal with 10 minutes remaining but the Tabbies regained the lead on a 15-yard TD run by Corey Holmes.

DeAngelis tied it 17-17 with a 36-yarder with two minutes remaining, setting the stage for Myers' heroic boot.

The Stampeders held a substantial edge in yardage at the half -- 227 to Hamilton's 127 -- yet trailed 7-4.

"We had 220-some yards of offence at half-time -- we just didn't execute what the coaches had for a game plan," said Stamps tackle Jeff Pilon.

"The plays were called but we kept making little mistakes everywhere."

After a sensational game last week in Regina, Burris again struggled finding his receivers, either because of botched routes or overthrows.

The Cody pick in the first quarter left Burris and intended receiver Nik Lewis hashing out the miscue on the sidelines.

"That was just a lack of communication between the two of us, something we've got to work on," Burris said.

"I've got to be smart in that situation, take what they give me. We need to work on our timing and communication."

Stamps safety Trey Young said penalties and miscues cost the team a chance to take command of first place in the West.

"There were some penalties on key second downs to give them the ball back on downs and that eats the clock up and get them down the field," Young said.

DeAngelis kicked three field goals but was also wide left from 39 yards in the second quarter for a single. It was his first miss after connecting on 16 consecutive attempts dating back to Game 2 vs. Edmonton.


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