Turnovers stuff Stamps

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

HAMILTON -- As if losing to the woeful Tiger-Cats wasn't enough, the Calgary Stampeders now face life without the red-hot Henry Burris.

The Stampeders blew an 11-point lead last night in Hamilton, but the toughest pill to swallow was Burris injuring his left shoulder late in the 24-20 loss.

While driving for what would have been the winning touchdown, Burris scrambled out of the pocket and stretched out for the first-down marker near the Ticats seven-yard line.

Ticats defender Zeke Moreno landed on Burris out of bounds and the Calgary quarterback suffered what appears to be a shoulder separation.

"I can't even talk right now, I'm in so much pain," said Burris afterwards.

Facing a third down the next play, Akili Smith's pass was intercepted by Dwight Anderson after the Stamps were backed up on an illegal substitution.

"That hurt. There's a couple seconds left on the clock and Burris is hurt. It's bad," said receiver Ken-Yon Rambo, who had two first-half touchdowns. "He was on such a roll and that was awful. He ran out of bounds and some dude landed on him. It's sickening. They didn't even call a penalty.

"We have Akili backing him up, and he's a great player. It was a huge play and he wasn't warm. He just tried to come in and make something happen. That's what happens. They played a good game.

"Hat's off to Hamilton."

The loss ends a three-game winning streak for Calgary (6-5-1) and gives Hamilton its second win of the year.

Stamps head coach Tom Higgins didn't want to comment on the Burris injury, but he was just as disappointed in five Calgary turnovers.

To make matters worse, he had to deal with a health scare after the game when offensive line coach Kris Sweet was taken to hospital by ambulance complaining of chest pains.

"It's a shoulder injury, way too early to say anything," Higgins said of Burris. "Other than it's a shoulder. We're still grieving over the fact we couldn't come to Hamilton and win a football game. They were plus-three (on turnovers) and deserved the victory."

Neither team mustered much offence in the second half, but the Ticats had the excuse of losing both quarterback Casey Printers (hamstring) and running back Jesse Lumsden (suspected concussion) to injuries.

Early in the second half, Hamilton cut the Stampeders lead to five when Nick Setta kicked his fourth field goal from 51 yards out, just short of his career long of 52.

Both sides traded singles, making 18-13 when the Stamps were driving into the red zone early in the final frame. But running back Joffrey Reynolds fumbled, Calgary's third turnover of the game.

Once the Ticats drove to midfield, Lumsden came back onto the field to a roar from the 23,115 in attendance.

Showing huge determination and guts fighting through what the team thought was a concussion, Lumsden took a dumpoff from backup QB Richie Williams and rumbled 19 yards for the go-ahead TD.

Williams then hit Jason Armstead for the two-point convert and the Ticats had a 21-18 lead. Two plays later, Reynolds fumbled for a second time, but the Calgary defence held the Ticats to a fifth Setta field goal and were down 24-18.

"They ran the ball with their quarterback," said Stamps linebacker Scott Coe. "We let them get out and make some plays. That had some screens that killed us."


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