Stamps D made its point

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

Of the defensive stats piled up in a victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, one player's number stood out.

Defensive back Coby Rhinehart picked up 47 points in Saturday's dominating 23-7 win by the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon.

The number is calculated by defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan based on points for knockdowns, tackles, interceptions, sacks and forced fumbles.

Rhinehart did it all.

"That's amazing for a defensive back," said Creehan.

"A linebacker can score 40 in our system. He had 47!"

A week earlier, Rhinehart was victimized by 'Riders receiver Matt Dominguez for an amazing touchdown reception when the cornerback appeared to have him covered.

In the rematch, Rhinehart was the one to make the highlight-reel play with an interception that was nothing short of beautiful.

As the two players were diving for a Kerry Joseph pass, Rhinehart bounced the ball around until he could grab it while falling across Dominguez.

The second-year Stampeder also picked up eight tackles, knocked down two passes and sacked Joseph for a forced fumble.

Creehan wasn't the only one who was impressed with Rhinehart. Linebacker Scott Coe couldn't believe the way the corner responded to the loss last week.

"A pick, sack, pass breakups and about 150 tackles ... it was fun to watch," Coe said. "I was glad to be a part of it.

"It's not like he played bad last week, so those thing kind of live with you. (Dominguez) made a touchdown catch that was amazing but Coby had a chance to redeem himself this week."

The Stamps defensive unit came out focused and defensive lineman Rahim Abdullah's powerful hit on Joseph during the opening series set the tone.

Although they allowed 356 net yards, they shut down the 'Riders in the one stat Creehan counts first: Touchdowns allowed.

Rhinehart was quick to deflect most of the credit, even after head coach Tom Higgins named him the defensive star.

"The only thing that mattered to me was we came out on top," Rhinehart said. "I don't think it was just me. It was the whole defence.

"One person can't play all 12 people. All 12 of us were playing well and it showed. We held them to seven points.

"We're getting back on the right track as far as winning games. We'll take some momentum into next week (against Montreal) and try to shut them down."

ONLY HUMAN: For the first time all season, Sandro DeAngelis looked human on field-goal attempts Saturday. The sophomore kicker missed from 29 yards in the victory over the Roughriders, the first time he has been unsuccessful with the wind at his back on a medium-range kick.

He also missed from 50, marking the first time he has failed to make a kick in a game with more than one attempt.

"It wasn't a very good game but I'll bounce back," DeAngelis said. "I always say that I'm not at my best until the situation is at its worst. The team helped me out and I can't wait to return the favour to them."


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