Souza's seething

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

TORONTO -- Most 22-year-old quarterbacks are still in school.

If they have graduated to the pro ranks, they're doing little more than holding a clipboard and trying to stay out of everyone's way.

Mike Souza started his first pro game last night in Toronto and, while he made a few mistakes, the kid looked pretty good.

The youngster completed 21 of 40 passes for 251 yards and carried the ball five times for an additional 25 yards, as the Stamps fell 49-24 to the Argonauts.

"I feel very comfortable with him out there making plays," said head coach Matt Dunigan. "The way he ran the offence at such a young age, he's got a bright future. Hopefully, he'll learn from that man over there, number one-seven, Khari Jones. (Souza) could play 15, 16, 17 years in this league."

Souza's numbers impressive considering he faced one of the CFL's premier defences.

But it was his three first-half interceptions that left a bad taste in his mouth.

"I made a few too many mistakes in the first half," Souza said. "A couple of stupid mistakes on my part put the defence in a position they never should have to be in. I did that twice. That's my fault and I have to take responsibility and try to get better."

Souza spread the ball around well, hitting eight different receivers. His favourite target was Mike Juhasz, who recorded a career-high seven receptions for 121 yards.

Still, the young pivot was unable to smile.

"We had a couple of good drives but we need to do more," he said. "I think (the Argos) had a nine-yard and a four-yard drive for touchdowns. You can't do that."

Khari Jones, the man who will take over the starter's role in two weeks when the two teams meet again in Calgary, said he was impressed with Souza's composure.

"I thought he did pretty well," said Jones, who watched from the sidelines in street clothes.

"That's a tough defence, especially to make your first start against. I've had my share of ups and downs against that defence over the years. I thought he hung in there real well and made some good drives in the third and fourth quarters when he could have folded.

"He made his mistakes but he came back and did all right."

Jones is looking forward to getting on the practice field.

"I hope I can add something to the offence," Jones said. "I just want to get the ball to the right guys.

"The biggest thing now is just learning the offence as well as I can and being ready for the next game."


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