Stamps go cold

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- That was a warmup for the playoffs?

If so, the Calgary Stampeders are colder than the chilly citizens shivering yesterday at the corner of Portage and Main, Prairie folklore's most frigid spot.

The Stamps spent the week of preparations telling anyone who would listen that last night's "nothing game" meant plenty to them, even if second place in the CFL West had already been wrapped up.

Calgary called its clash with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers an important springboard into the playoffs, a game they needed to win to build momentum for the post season but fell flat, losing 28-13.

On a night when a brisk, cold wind blew through Canad Inns Stadium, the Stamps just couldn't get their motor to turn over, let alone run.

Bombers running back Charles Roberts had no problem getting into gear.

The reigning CFL rushing king, who entered the night trailing Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds by 58 yards, has reclaimed the title for another season.

He rushed for 151 yards on 27 carries and scored a touchdown.

He has a league-leading 1,560 yards to Reynolds' 1,541, while the Bombers still have one game remaining.

Reynolds carried the ball just 15 times for 74 yards.

"It's always a goal to stop Charlie when you play Winnipeg," said linebacker Scott Coe. "We tried to fill the gaps and we didn't get it done. To stop Winnipeg you have to stop Charlie and we didn't."

The Bombers dominated ball possession in that period, 11:26 to 3:34 while outscoring Calgary 14-0 to open a 21-10 lead.

The Bombers admittedly had much more to play for, with second place in the East still a possibility.

Bombers starter Kevin Glenn completed 17-of-28 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

Stamps pivot Henry Burris found the on just 15 of 30 attempts for 155 yards and one TD. He also threw one interception that the Bombers converted into a Chris Brazzell TD.

"You never want to finish out on this type of note, going into a bye week we wanted to have some momentum going," Burris said.

"Getting ready to go into the playoffs we wanted to get something good going. But now the reality is we can't lose anymore games and if this was the playoffs, it would be over."

"They hurt, they feel bad right now," head coach Tom Higgins said.

"Only if they can carry that on through when we line up to play (in the playoffs), will we have a chance to do something in the playoffs.

"I want them to remember the feeling. I want them to remember how it feels in your gut because otherwise it can easily happen again."

The Stampeders have a bye week before hosting the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West semifinal Nov. 5.

Reynolds was sensational on the Stampeders' second offensive series, running the ball six times for 51 yards to set up Calgary's first touchdown. It was his only consistent production in the game.

Jeremaine Copeland scored the Stamps only touchdown on a four-yard strike from Burris.

The Bombers converted a second-quarter interception by Robert Bean in to a 12-yard Chris Brazzell touchdown.

Milt Stegall also hauled in a nine-yard TD grab in the third quarter as Winnipeg opened a 14-10 lead.

Stegall is now just one TD from tying the CFL record of 137 held by George Reed and Mike Pringle.

Bombers wide receiver Derick Armstrong caught a 10-yard TD pass.

Stampeders placekicker Sandro DeAngelis kicked field goals from nine and 43 yards.


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