Kick in pants

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

REGINA -- Placekickers of the world, rejoice!

You are football players too, no matter what your teammates and critics might say.

Feisty Calgary Stampeders rookie placekicker Sandro DeAngelis, all 5-ft. 8-in., 195 lb., not only booted six field goals in yesterday's 29-21 win over Saskatchewan, he threw his weight around too.

After lunching the opening kickoff of the second half, DeAngelis charged across the field, threw himself at Roughriders returner Corey Holmes, stripping the ball loose.

Four plays later DeAngelis booted a 21-yard field goal to reduce the Stampeders' deficit to 21-9 while providing a jolt of momentum.

"I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder coming into this one," said DeAngelis, a possible team nominee for rookie-of-the-year or special teams player-of-the-year honours.

"Not only did I know we needed it for a big win, I'm really happy we won for the the guys, the organization and the city but last night I watched TSN and a couple of commentators said Gavin Walls (Winnipeg) or Tony Tomkins (Edmonton) are going to win rookie of the year. I'm not going to lie. That bothered me quite a bit.

"I know kickers can be losers, I know we're dweebs, I know we're loners, I know we're all of the above but I wanted to make a statement today to the rest of the country that hey, don't forget that stubby Italian guy in Calgary. I just felt very disrespected and I felt I had to have a big game for myself and my teammates.

"It put a fire in my belly and I was glad I could have a big game."

DeAngelis fought Taylor Field's persistent winds to hoof field goals from nine, 13, 21, 24 and a pair from 29 yards, points desperately needed as the offence failed to score a touchdown.

Meanwhile, teammate Nik Lewis collected the only TD on special teams, grabbing a loose ball after a bobbled a high snap to punter Paul McCallum, legging it 30 yards to paydirt in the third quarter.


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