No coast in Stamps

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

CALGARY -- At halftime, fans in Saskatchewan were likely screaming at the Calgary Stampeders.

With nothing on the line for the Stamps, the likes of Henry Burris and Joffrey Reynolds took a seat yesterday against the B.C. Lions.

However, top receiver Ken-Yon Rambo stayed in, long enough to secure his first yardage title, and the Stamps' depth players capitalized on their change to shine.

Backup quarterback Barrick Nealy ran for three touchdowns, running back Jon Cornish scored his first major and Rambo made a critical 49-yard reception from Will Proctor as the Stamps beat the B.C. Lions 41-30 yesterday at McMahon Stadium.

You're welcome, Saskatchewan Roughriders fans.

The Stamps win means the Lions must go to Regina next Saturday for the West semifinal, with Calgary hosting the winner Nov. 15.

The defence did their part in Rambo's title, holding Lions slotback Geroy Simon to just 27 yards on three receptions.

"We had to look out for our guy," said Stamps linebacker JoJuan Armour. "You guys in B.C., you all dress warm in Saskatchewan now."

Rambo had three catches for 81 yards to finish with 1,473 on the season to top Simon at 1,418.

"Defence is what did it for me," said Rambo. "They played really well and shut Geroy down. Big kudos go to them. We're clicking and things are at their peak. It's all flowing together. Everyone knows their assignments. It's post-season time and we're ready for it. We're going into the playoff on a win streak and that's real big."

Before leaving at halftime, Burris was sharp in going 11-of-18 passing for 165 yards and a touchdown to Nik Lewis.

He left healthy and confident for the playoff run as the Stamps finished with a 13-5 mark.

"Everybody said this was a game that meant nothing to us but every game means something to this team," Burris said. "We've let opportunities go by us in the past. This is one chance to get better and feel great going into the West final."

Reynolds had just one carry for 15 yards, but he still won the rushing yard title ahead of Riders running back Wes Cates. This is the first time in Stamps history they have both the top receiver and top rusher.

"This feels good from a personal standpoint but I'm glad both me and Rambo have done it," Reynolds said.

"It was an excellent team effort. It was a nice cap to the season. We're just looking to gain momentum going into the playoffs. It didn't help us in the standings but it was nice to play some good football."

Although Nealy only threw two passes, completing one for nine yards, the backup managed the game well.

"We proved to ourselves despite who is in there, we will keep focus," Burris said. "Despite the situation of the game, the guys are going to keep focus and get the victory. We made a precedent that any time we step on the field, we have the intent to win. It was great to see us play like that with so much intensity. This was a big win."


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