Revenge tastes sweet

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

In the defining moment of a crucial divisional win, Nik Lewis gave three Saskatchewan players a rough ride.

On the first play following a Riders turnover, Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris threw a bomb to Lewis.

The receiver shook off James Johnson, bowled over Tristan Clovis, then carried Reggie Hunt for the last part of an 85-yard touchdown that helped the Stampeders to a 44-22 win over Saskatchewan in front of a soldout crowd at McMahon Stadium.

"I expect to see that on the highlight reels all week long," said running back Joffrey Reynolds, who ran for 154 yards but couldn't make the three stars because of an amazing offensive explosion by the receivers.

"It was a great effort. We came out today focused. We were embarrassed by the first game there because they really tried to rub it in against us. They came in today with their egos up. I'm glad we responded and were able to answer the bell."

The win avenges a 49-8 pounding the Stamps took earlier in Regina, plus it extends Calgary's unbeaten streak to four games.

The 6-4-1 Stamps are hot on the heels of the 7-4 Roughriders, who have lost two straight.

Burris threw five touchdown passes, two to Jeremaine Copeland and one each to Lewis, Ken-Yon Rambo and defensive lineman Randy Chevrier.

Lewis' TD put the Stamps up 21-1 in the second quarter and came the play after Brian Clark picked off Kerry Joseph in the endzone to stop a scoring drive.

Copeland followed it up with an 84-yard touchdown strike, but even he was impressed with Lewis' effort.

"Nik is like a little pit bull, it's hard to bring him down," Copeland said. "One guy's not going to be able to tackle him too easy, because he's got a strong upper body and that was great effort.

"It's what you want to see from one of your leaders and that effort makes everybody want to make great plays."

Lewis felt the same.

"It's all about attitude," he said. "We've played for three years together, me, Cope and Rambo. As long as we have a chance to make a play, we'll make it. We feel like we're better than all the DBs we play against, so we're playing with a lot of confidence."

The Stamps came out sizzling on offence for the fourth week in a row. Burris engineered a 10-play, 90-yard drive and hit Rambo for a beautiful TD to start the game.

The Stamps improved to 4-0-1 when they scored on their first possession, and a defensive player scored for them for the first time this season on offence.

"Even Chevrier did it today," Burris said."


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