Tough Luck for Stamps Kicker

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Never mind that Sandro DeAngelis basically was kicking from midfield.

The red-hot rookie felt he should have won the game for the Calgary Stampeders last night at the Rogers Centre.

With the Stamps trailing 18-16 against the Argos, the Niagara Falls native's 54-yard field goal attempt with 44 seconds left came up just left and short last night. Bashir Levingston then returned the miss 111 yards for a touchdown, giving the Argos a 25-16 win.

"I knew it was relatively in my range," said DeAngelis, who made a 56-yarder earlier this season and was 20-for-22 coming into last night.

"Obviously, you want it a little closer, but my job is to make kicks and I didn't get it done (last night when he was 1-for-3). I'll go back to the drawing board."

Stampeders coach Tom Higgins didn't hesitate in sending DeAngelis out on the third-and-six play from the Argos 46-yard line, instead of going for a first down.

"It's within range and the game's over if you don't convert (for a first down)," Higgins said. "(The Stamps decided) let's give him a shot. That's in the range and it's makeable and he just didn't make it."

One can argue the Stamps blew the game before the miss on a failed two-point convert play from the one-yard line -- after the Argos were called for offside on two previous convert attempts -- with just over two minutes to go. Needing the two-point convert to tie, quarterback Henry Burris snuck ahead but didn't appear to cross the goal line. He felt otherwise and made that known loud and clear to the officials.

"I stretched the ball and it's at the line I thought if the ball crosses the plane of the goal line, it's (a two-point convert)," Burris said. "I really don't know what to say about the rules of football. The call was made and they made the call at their discretion ... But I thought I was in."

Of course, you can't forget about Levingston, who also had a 109-yard punt return for a touchdown earlier in the fourth on a play where two Stamps missed pretty easy tackles.

"He is truly dynamic and he is a very good returner," Higgins said. "One of our strengths through the first part of the season has been our cover guys. They feel bad, but they were kicking to somebody who has done that to many good football teams."


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