Stamps showing late kick

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Football is all about finishing, which is what the Calgary Stampeders are doing, but there will be renewed focusing on starting well the next time they take the field.

The Stamps managed to come back from 12- and 10-point deficits to sweep the Labour Day doubleheader from the Edmonton Eskimos, including the 20-17 win Friday at Commonwealth Stadium.

Had the offence got going right out of the gate, those heroics by Henry Burris and Co. wouldn't have made it so interesting.

"We do need to get out to better starts. We've done it a couple of times this year but have gotten away from it the past few weeks," said Burris, whose club is 3-0-1 when they score on the opening drive. "We know it's one or two plays that have halted drives. The thing is we know we can come back and put the ball in the endzone each drive."

Next up for the Stamps are the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday at McMahon Stadium, and they will bring their No. 1-ranked defence to face Burris.

It should be a good matchup, pitting a hot offence against a solid front seven.

The Stamps locker-room was buzzing about taking on the first-place Gang Green, and Burris can't wait to see if his group can continue to roll.

Although Burris had his streak of six 300-yard passing games broken, Joffrey Reynolds hit the century mark in rushing, and Burris also scampered for 64 yards to even things out.

"We feel we can score every time we step on the field because we have enough playmakers," Burris said. "When we don't, we feel it's more of us stopping ourselves. Winning teams always believe that, so we want it to continue. We need to continue to be consistent."

By matching an Edmonton fumble with an interception Friday, Calgary still hasn't won a turnover battle since losing at Montreal in early August.

In that game, Reynolds only had four carries. Through a three-game unbeaten streak, the Stamps have used their star even when in a deficit, and he is averaging 16 carries in those games.

"We've stuck to our game plan, and we've been able to execute down the stretch," Reynolds said. "The big thing is when we have had turnovers, we immediately bounce back from it.

"We were folding up the tents early this season.

"Offensively ... guys are feeling more confident in each other."


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