Encore, encore!

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders have changed from movie stars to producers in a mere few hours.

This week, the men who starred at McMahon Stadium Sunday will have to find a way to get their sequel green-lighted.

To keep their CFL season going past next weekend, the Stamps will need to have an exact replay of the beating they laid on the Edmonton Eskimos.

So that would mean Ricky Ray likely will have to throw three more interceptions as the Eskimos face the Stamps in the West semifinal Sunday at McMahon Stadium (4 p.m.).

The Stamps likely will need five offensive touchdowns and a mistake-free game from QB Henry Burris.

And the Eskimos defence likely will have to allow plenty of running room and wilt in the face of receiver Nik Lewis' brash trash talk.

Some say beating a team on consecutive occasions is the toughest thing in football. If the Stamps advance to the West final against the B.C. Lions, it would mark three straight wins over the Eskimos, who finished the regular season tied for the league's second-best record at 11-7.

"We have to stay humble about what just occurred," said Burris, who was impressive going 14-of-24 passing for 311 yards and three TD passes Sunday.

"We have to remember that this is a totally different game.

"They are going to give us everything they have. Every little wrinkle will be out there this week, so things are going to change a lot.

"We have to expect this team will leave everything on the field so we have to match intensity and take it to the next step.

"We can't have any shortcomings, no turnovers, because those terrible things can result in you going home."

Stamps head coach Tom Higgins had a big grin on his face walking through a party-like atmosphere in the locker-room for a brief rundown yesterday.

Then he took his team into meetings and reminded the players nothing has been accomplished yet.

The Stamps, who turned a 4-14 record from 2004 into an 11-7 mark this season, will host a playoff game for the first time since 2001. But that will be all in vain if they lose the West semifinal.

"It would be a shame if they weren't happy but you have to temper the enjoyment because if they're happy just to be in the playoffs, then we're in trouble," Higgins said.

"We'll get over that real quickly ... We'll watch the video and show them it was a matter of a couple of plays that could have swung the game back the other way.

"We're going to have to be on top of our game and have to be focused. But it's not a bad thing they are enjoying themselves."

Outside of a turkey the Eskimos delivered in Hamilton last month, Sunday's performance was the worst the club had in 2005.

So Burris isn't expecting them to come out as flat or pack it in just because they lost home-field advantage.

"This is the toughest game of our entire season," Burris said. "This is a veteran group with a lot of pride up there.

"This was a game they felt they could win. It knocked them out of first place.

"Guys like Singor Mobley, A.J. Gass, they take pride in their jobs.

"You have to expect they will come back down Hwy. 2 and play with a lot of heart. We have to be on top of our game or else it will be a long night."


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