Stompin' Stamps

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

The sun hadn't even dipped behind the McMahon Stadium bleachers before Nik Lewis was standing in the opposing endzone emulating Superman.

It was an odd touchdown dance but the move was a sign of things to come.

The Calgary Stampeders offence was sure flying last night and the Saskatchewan Roughriders were just along for the ride.

The much-criticized unit got on track early and often as the Stamps beat the 'Riders 44-18 last night in front of a soldout crowd of 35,652 at McMahon Stadium.

Quarterback Henry Burris ran for two touchdowns and threw a 20-yarder to Lewis as the game was decided before halftime.

For the first time this season, when Burris put the ball on the money, players such as Lewis gobbled it up. Suddenly the overthrows and dropped balls that have plagued the team were gone.

"We made some tough catches at first and Hank got comfortable," said Lewis, who added his TD dance was a tribute to former Stamp Sulecio Sanford.

"(Burris) started putting it in there for everybody. He was threading it beautifully and everyone was playing with confidence."

The win put Calgary back in the thick of the West Division race at 2-2, while it dropped Saskatchewan to 3-2.

Burris finished 21-of-30 passing for 302 yards but the biggest reason for success was he spread the ball around.

Lewis led the Stamps with six catches for 92 yards but every receiver caught a pass in the game. And once Calgary had the lead, it was the Joffrey Reynolds show.

The powerful running back had 150 yards rushing and two scores, the killer being a 34-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half.

Receiver Ken-Yon Rambo caught a 28-yard pass to set up the touchdown.

"Joffrey played big this week but he plays big every week," said Rambo. "If it keeps clicking like that, everyone will be able to make plays. That's what led us to a win. We just have to keep it consistent."

Receiver Gerald Harris, a Week 2 addition, caught a 56-yard bomb that Burris put on a rope to set up Reynolds' other TD.

Rookie Brett Ralph made a 17-yard grab on an out pattern to keep a drive alive.

And Burris took off running seven times, amassing 42 yards along the ground.

The entire system let Reynolds run wild on the Saskatchewan defence.

"We were able to stretch them out because they play man-to-man defence and keep a lot of people around the line of scrimmage," Reynolds said. "It kept them off-balance and kept their offence off the field."

Rookie Stamps kicker Sandro DeAngelis continued his perfect season with field goals of 25, 56 and 47 yards.

Paul McCallum had a 14-yard field goal and a long single, while Nealon Greene dove in for a one-yard TD and hit Jason French with a seven-yard strike to round out Saskatchewan's scoring.

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CALGARY STAMPEDERS: 44

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS: 18


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