Burris says start-to-finish scoring key to team's hopes

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

As well as the Calgary Stampeders offence finished in the loss in Edmonton, they would rather have played more consistent through four quarters.

So when Henry Burris and Co. head to Montreal tomorrow to face the Alouettes (5 p.m., TSN), the focus will be on getting out to a strong start, instead of getting down 14 points by halftime.

Playing from behind is extremely tough on the road, and the Stamps watched the Alouettes get out to a four-TD lead on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week.

Against the Eskimos, the Stamps had just seven points off 139 yards during the first half, while they put up 24 points on 268 yards in the second half.

The recovery was nice, but the start was brutal.

"We don't feel we're an offence that should only get seven points in a half," Burris said.

"To us, that's embarrassing.

"Kudos to what Edmonton did, because they executed their game plan. We did some things to kill our drives, as well.

"It happened, but it was a good response by the offence. We just need to continue the play of the second half and build off that."

Usually a turnaround like that means there was plenty of half- time adjustments, but Burris said that wasn't the case.

The Stamps just cut down on mistakes in the form of penalties and executed better.

"We did the same things, just better," Burris said. "We made the plays, moved the chains and got them on their heels some, put the ball in the scoring zone and then hit the endzone."

Montreal has the x-factor

There are several reasons why the Alouettes have had a great home record over the years.

The intimate atmosphere at McGill Stadium is loud and tough to execute an offence.

The Alouettes have also been competitive for more than a decade.

But there is the x-factor. Former Alouettes safety Richard Karikari said the nightlife can lure a young team away from their beds and leave them worn out for the game.

"For a rookie who has never been to Montreal and is still learning about Canada, he will find out very quick how many adult entertainment spots you can hit in one block," said the Stampeders safety.

"You can lose track of time very quickly."


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