Stampeder Game Day

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

STAMPS (4-12) AT LIONS (11-5)

8 P.M., B.C. PLACE TV: TSN, RADIO: QR77

COMING IN:

The Stampeders will miss the playoffs for the third straight season but are riding an emotional high after knocking off the Toronto Argos 29-11 last Saturday at McMahon Stadium. The Stamps have won two of their last three contests.

The Lions are cruising into the post-season after clinching first place in the CFL West with a 32-29 win over the Alouettes last Sunday in Montreal.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

The Lions have had their hands full with the Stampeders this season in two previous games at McMahon. Calgary gave the first-place Lions a run for their money but lost 25-18 in overtime Aug. 21 then won the rematch, 22-21, three weeks ago. Running back Scott Regimbald's winning touchdown that night on a one-yard plunge is still disputed by the Leos' defenders. Regimbald was sent to Winnipeg 48 hours later as part of the Khari Jones swap.The Stamps hold an 85-62-1 all-time edge of their divisional rival.

ROSTER MOVES:

CALGARY -- The Stampeders not only won last week against Toronto but escaped without serious injuries and will field the same starting lineup for the second consecutive game.

B.C. -- Import halfback Mark Washington moves to the IR (knee) and is replaced by Tony Walker.

MATCHUPS:

WHEN CALGARY HAS THE BALL -- Expect new quarterback Khari Jones to give import running back Ronney Jenkins as much opportunity to prove himself as Joffrey Reynolds enjoyed last game against Toronto. It won't be easy against the Lions, whose defence is statistically the toughest in the CFL against the run, allowing just 72.1 yards per game.

Jones continues finding his comfort zone with his new club and he'll be working with an expanded playbook in his second start as a Stamp. Jones found Sulecio Sanford for more than 100 yards passing against Toronto and should focus on spreading the wealth this week. The Lions secondary is vulnerable, having allowed the third-most passing yards in the CFL this season.

WHEN B.C. HAS THE BALL -- The Stampeders have been successful getting after Lions quarterback Casey Printers during the first two meetings and will do the same no matter who starts tonight. Poor protection is a concern for the playoff-bound Lions, who can't afford to lose Printers or Dave Dickenson in a meaningless contest. Both could see action tonight along with third stringer Spergon Wynn. The Lions passers will enjoy one of the league's strongest receiving corps with Chris Brazzell, Frank Cutolo, Ryan Thelwell, Jason Clermont and Geroy Simon.

NOTABLES:

GM-head coach Matt Dunigan is looking for more progress from quarterback Khari Jones in his second start as a Stampeder. "Now that we have an experienced quarterback like Khari with his intelligence and dedication to film study and things of that nature, you feel completely at ease with putting together the game plan ... We're continuing to massage our thoughts and do what's best for the team, his capabilities, what he likes to do and what's good against B.C." ... The Stampeders sacked Casey Printers four times in their last meeting ... Geroy Simon is the Lions' leading receiver with 92 catches for 1,628 yards while Nik Lewis leads the Stamps with 937 yards in 65 grabs ... Stamps linebacker George White returned an interception 84 yards to score in the last game against the Lions ... The Stampeders have allowed the second-fewest sacks this season (19) while hauling down opposing quarterbacks on 42 occasions, tied for first with Montreal and Saskatchewan ... Printers was sacked four times the last time the teams met and seemed confused by the Stampeders pressure defence. "It's just a matter of making plays," Printers said yesterday. "They do a lot of things over there on defence and sometimes it does get confusing but it's a matter of doing the right things and getting our players in the right place and getting the ball to the right guy. That's all that matters." ... The Stamps' 4-12 record leaves Dunigan tied with two former first-year Stamps bosses. Jack Hennemeir (1955) and Jack Gotta (1977) both led the team to 4-12 marks in a 16-game CFL season ... B.C. is one of Jones' three CFL clubs. He spent three seasons in Vancouver after signing as a free agent before the 1997 campaign ... Former Stamps placekicker Duncan O'Mahony has the fifth-best field goal percentage in the CFL at 71.4%.

Catch all the action tonight on QR77. Jay Donald and Billy Powers will have the pre-game show at 7 p.m. Mark Stephen provides the play-by-play with colour work by Greg Peterson. Join Jay Donald and Billy Powers for the post-game show.


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