Tiger-Cats get hammered

Stampeders running back Joffrey Reynolds weaved his way through the Tiger-Cats defence Thursday...

Stampeders running back Joffrey Reynolds weaved his way through the Tiger-Cats defence Thursday night. SUN MEDIA/Stuart Dryden

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Taming a Tiger has never looked so easy.

The Calgary Stampeders dominated all three facets in whipping the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 43-16 last night in front of 31,166 spectators at McMahon Stadium.

The win moves the Stamps to 3-1 on the season, while the Ticats drop to 1-3.

"It was a great team effort," said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel. "We were flying around in all three phases. Everyone contributed to the win.

"Defensively, we created some turnovers. Offensively, we scored some early points, which allowed us to go into halftime knowing if we came out and played the same way in the second half as we did in the first, good things would happen."

All the elements of a powerhouse team were there for the home side:

* Quarterback Henry Burris threw for 345 yards on 26-of-33 passing and tossed two touchdown passes while only making one costly mistake -- an interception that defensive back Rontarius Robinson needed a circus catch to get.

* Running back Joffrey Reynolds punched in three touchdowns -- a career-high -- and had 96 yards along the ground and 18 through the air.

* Slotback Nik Lewis had two touchdown grabs, including a beautiful stretch-out grab in the first half where he kept his feet on the back end of the endzone line. Lewis did his version of the Lambeau Leap by jumping into the northwest stands.

* The punt-coverage team made a huge play in the first half. Defensive back Brandon Browner nailed Tiger-Cats returner Tre Smith as he was juggling the ball. Browner also recovered the fumble.

* The front seven swarmed Ticats quarterback Casey Printers, forcing four two-and-outs to start the game. The Stamps had two sacks and a forced fumble by Dwaine Carpenter and Charleston Hughes.

* Stamps kicker Sandro DeAngelis was perfect with field goals from 20 and 44 yards.

* Linebacker JoJuan Armour exacted revenge on his former team, picking off Printers to end the first half.

Choosing one game star was tough, so Burris offered it to the four Stamps who were with the Ticats last year: Armour, Howard Hodges, Dwight Anderson and Richard Karikari.

"They got the guys going emotionally throughout the week," Burris said. "They fed us the energy and the team rallied behind them."

Without star running back Jesse Lumsden, the Ticats were just roadkill.

Lumsden missed the game with a knee injury and his replacement, Smith, didn't have a chance to get anything going because the visitors were down 18 points before they even knew it.

With the onus on Printers to pick up the slack, the former B.C. Lions quarterback wasn't all that impressive. He was yanked in the fourth quarter after going 17-of-26 for 209 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions and a fumble. The Ticats highest-paid player has yet to throw a TD yet this season.

"When you put that many hits on any player, there's only a few guys who can step up to the plate, and tonight he didn't," said Armour.

"Our theme for the year is this is ours for the taking. Any ball that's thrown, every rush they have -- that's the attitude we go into the game with."

The turnover differential was 6-1 in favour of the Stampeders, another facet the hosts dominated.


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