Top of the o-line performance

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Many a CFL quarterback has been left beaten, battered and bruised after a night facing the B.C. Lions.

Leos defensive ends Cameron Wake and Brent Johnson are especially notorious for punishing opposition pivots with their combination of size, smarts and speed.

After leading the Stampeders to last night's 28-18 victory over the Lions at McMahon Stadium, Calgary QB Henry Burris looked like he'd been barely touched. His 1,000-watt grin had extra beams coming off it because of the win, but he looked like he still had enough energy to play a double-header.

"We did a few things to neutralize those guys rushing up field," said Burris, alluding to play-action and increased early running attack.

"They got some early pressure up front in the middle, but you've got to expect some pressure from B.C. because they're too good.

"But you've got to credit those guys. It says a lot about them when they do a job like that against the best d-line in the league."

Wake was both the CFL's top defensive player and top rookie last season. The year before, Johnson was the top defensive player and top Canadian.

The accolades are well deserved.

Last night, though, Johnson's only big play was an interception, while Wake was silenced -- only noticeable when Calgary receiver Nik Lewis pancaked him with a perfect block to spring Joffrey Reynolds for a big gain.

Not bad for an offensive line that has three newcomers.

"We had a good night," admitted tackle Jeff Pilon. "It's not just Cameron Wake and Brent Johnson -- they have a strong, strong defensive line, and we had a good night.

"We still have to prove ourselves. We've got to go out next week because it's a big test against Edmonton. Once we start putting together this back-to-back, then we can start talking."


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