Burris carries Stamps

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

CALGARY -- John Comiskey felt even before the first snap Friday night, the guy he was handing the ball to was set for a huge performance.

"In the first huddle, Henry said, 'We're a great offence, let's be offensive. Let's show everybody,'" the Calgary Stampeders centre said about quarterback Henry Burris.

"He just led us. There was no doubt. It was a great day to play football. Being in front of him, I didn't want anyone else back there."

Burris threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another three as the Stamps tied the B.C. Lions 45-45 Friday night at McMahon Stadium in one of the most entertaining games in years.

Down by a touchdown with less than three minutes left in regulation, Burris put together a calm, smooth drive in which he scrambled twice to keep it going.

DUMPOFF

On the first overtime possession, Burris saw a slight opening in the heart of the Lions defence and decided to crash his way into the endzone in a play similar to John Elway's famous one in the Super Bowl.

On the second OT possession and needing a touchdown and convert to tie, Burris moved the team 35 yards in two plays, finding Joffrey Reynolds open for a little dumpoff that the star running back took in for the major.

Had the Stamps decided to go for a two-pointer to win, Burris may have pulled more heroics but head coach Tom Higgins was satisfied in a draw.

Burris finished with 362 yards passing, his fifth straight 300-yard game, plus ran for another 50 yards. His one turnover -- an interception -- was off a tipped ball and not his fault.

"Henry took us, as an entire team, and put us on top of his shoulders," Comiskey said. "He went 13 straight passes hitting everybody. He was in the zone.

"Games like this, you have to be thankful for. This is why we play football. It was awesome."

The only problem was the Lions offence was just as potent and the Stamps could only salvage a tie. But Burris still ranks this as one of his best games.

"I put it up there in probably the top three," he said. "The only difference in some of my best games, we won. That's the only thing that's bitter about it.

"You do as much as you can, and to not get the victory, you can feel good about the way you played but it doesn't relieve anything. To see our offence perform that way gives us a lot of positives looking forward to in the second half."

The Stamps now have a week off before returning to the practice field and preparation for the Labour Day Classic against Edmonton.

With Burris clicking, there as several things to be positive about on offence.

All the receivers had good games, as Nik Lewis carried two players into the endzone for a tying score, Jeremaine Copeland made a TD grab in traffic and Ken-Yon Rambo made three superb snags.

Even running back Joffrey Reynolds, who only had four carries in Montreal, got to be a main part of the attack, running for 87 yards on 18 attempt and getting 55 receiving yards.

Reynolds was excited to see the offence on fire.

"It probably would have kept going for a few more overtimes," Reynolds said.

"It's something for us to build on because we played balanced football."


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