Stamps turn it around on Argos

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

CALGARY -- Consider it a bit of payback while getting on the right track.

The Calgary Stampeders exacted a measure of revenge on the Argonauts last night a week after taking a beating in Toronto.

Marc Boerigter scored a 70-yard touchdown reception, Trey Young took a fake punt in for another score and the Stamps defence make Mike McMahon look below average in a 33-10 victory last night at McMahon Stadium.

Receiver Jeremaine Copeland didn't score but was Henry Burris' favourite target, catching five passes for 114 yards, including a beautiful 66-yard bomb that set up a field goal.

Copeland was in on every offensive down because the team made Nik Lewis a healthy scratch and the move paid off.

"It feels good to get our offence executing the way it should," Copeland said. "We can get better but it was a good start."

Following two blowout losses on a six-night road trip, the Stamps got out to a better start in this one, building a 13-0 second-quarter lead on a Joffrey Reynolds three-yard touchdown pass, a Sandro DeAngelis field goal, a Burke Dales punt single and a conceded safety.

The entire time the offence was doing this, the defence was holding the Argos to four straight two-and-out series.

On the opening drive, fans started booing the offence after it took a time count penalty. Burris hooked up with Brett Ralph on a 39-yard catch and run on the next play to prove to everyone they still have enough to get the job done.

"The play called wasn't good against the front they showed," Burris said.

"Instead of trying to run something that wouldn't work, we took the penalty.

"But we kept everybody relaxed and in check. The fans were impatient but that's what they do."

Burris finished 16-of-31 passing for 307 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, he didn't turn the ball over with interceptions or fumbles and the ground attack started working.

Joffrey Reynolds ran for 102 yards on 12 carries and had three receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown.

"We just kept taking the underneath stuff, nickel and diming them," Burris said. "But when we saw situations where they were creeping up, that's when we jumped on them.

"It's a game of chess and we were working off them. We were patient and didn't try to force things. We knew just getting back home would be good.

You saw an energized group out there tonight."


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