Maas loses game of dare

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

After three quarters of dump-off pass and short routes, Jason Maas finally took the bait.

The Calgary Stampeders secondary was daring the Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback to try throwing deep into its tight coverage.

He wouldn't, instead nickel-and-diming the Ticats down the field and keeping it close.

With nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Maas threw a bomb to D.J. Flick and Coby Rhinehart saw his chance.

The second-year Stampeders cornerback jumped and ripped the ball from Flick, giving Calgary a key turnover in its 23-22 win over the Ticats last night at McMahon Stadium.

"I saw the guy on the seam route and I had a bead on the ball," said Rhinehart. "It was a battle for it and I came down with it. That's what our defence does, take away the deep stuff and make them throw the short ones."

The game was much closer than it should have been with the dominating performance of the Stamps defence. Both of Hamilton's touchdowns were scored on Stampeders turnovers.

Stamps newcomer Tony Tiller also picked off Maas in his first game in Red and White.

Head coach Tom Higgins was pleased the defence kept his team in the game late.

"Most of those points weren't scored against them and at the end they were able to do what they had to do to help us win the football game," Higgins said.


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