Line lovin' sacks-y statistic

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

The CFL teamed up with Purolator to tackle hunger six years ago, but the big eaters with the Calgary Stampeders aren't helping out this season.

When a league quarterback is sacked, Purolator donates his weight in food to local food banks.

The Stamps offensive line has allowed just one sack of Henry Burris per game this season, which is the stingiest in the league.

It's obvious these 300-lb. men like hogging food from those in need.

"We don't care -- we are going for that sack title," said veteran right tackle Jeff Pilon, who is the longest-serving member of the team.

"As an offensive lineman, that's what you do -- keep your quarterback from getting touched. We're trying to let Hank do his thing and give him that extra second to work his magic ... run, pass, whatever he wants."

Beefy centre Rob Lazeo doesn't want to see anyone go hungry, but he would rather bring some donations on Labour Day when the Stamps host the Edmonton Eskimos.

That's when the team hosts its annual 'Be a Fan, Bring a Can' event.

"I will bring a couple cans of beans, and (Dimitri) Tsoumpas will have to provide the Campbell's Chunky Soup," said Lazeo with a laugh about the rookie's 'Chunky' nickname. "This is our goal, and so far, so good."

What's making this feat more remarkable is Lazeo is the only other veteran on a line full of rookies. Tsoumpas is starting at right guard, Jesse Newman is at left guard and Ben Archibald has taken over at left tackle for the injured Antonio Hall.

Since Archibald has started, the Stamps have allowed just one sack of Burris in two games and only two in the past four outings.

Friday night presents a huge challenge facing the B.C. Lions in Vancouver, although in Week 1, the Lions tallied one sack courtesy of defensive back Reggie Myles.

"That was Week 1," Pilon said. "We had a whole new offence coming in. I don't want to give them any excuses, but there was a bunch of stuff they hadn't seen before."

The Lions actually boast the top two sackmasters in the CFL, with Cam Wake (eight) and Brent Johnson (seven), while Aaron Hunt (two) and Tyrone Williams are strong in the middle as well.

"This is a big test this week going against what is probably the best front four around," Lazeo said. "It's between them and Winnipeg. We have our work cut out for us."

The entire offence deserves credit for the Stamps' sacks-allowed totals because the linemen aren't the only ones blocking. Burris himself has the ability to evade would-be tacklers as well, but he did his part helping keep the Purolator donations low by bulking up by 15 lbs. in the off-season.

The Stamps season was derailed a year ago when Burris was tripped up and injured, but he is getting hit fewer times this season.

With 13 sacks allowed, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Montreal Alouettes and the Edmonton Eskimos are tied for the next lowest sack total in the CFL.

"I guess we're hurting hungry kids," Newman said. "But I just found out that they give out a plaque for the line that allows the fewest sacks.

"That's pretty exciting, but o-lineman don't usually look at stats. We just know if we get our jobs done, we usually win."


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