Big Mike plays D-ceiver

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Everyone in McMahon Stadium, including the Toronto Argonauts, thought it was Joffrey Reynolds time.

The Calgary Stampeders were lining up for a one-yard plunge and had all the muscle out there.

Instead of No. 21, the star running back, they doubled up to No. 42.

Quarterback Henry Burris hit 280-lb. defensive lineman Mike Labinjo wide open in the endzone for the touchdown and the Stamps were off to the races for a 34-4 win over the Argonauts last night in front of 33,135 fans at McMahon Stadium.

"I was a little nervous," said Labinjo, who had his first career reception and touchdown. "I just didn't want to drop the ball because they would never throw it my way again.

"The guys were hoping for a little celebration but I had to act like I had been there before. Hopefully, next time I will have something for them."

With the win, the Stamps improve to 8-4, while the Argos slip to 4-8, but both teams are tied for second place in their respective divisions.

The two teams meet next Saturday back at Rogers Centre in Toronto and new Argos coach Don Matthews has a decision to make.

He went with Cody Pickett for the pivot's first CFL start and it hardly worked out. The former rodeo cowboy went just 21-of-36 passing for 193 yards and the only major he threw was a 57-yard interception to Wes Lysack.

The Stamps defence dominated, holding the Argos to 229 net yards and just a field goal and single by kicker Mike Vanderjagt.

"Guys were a little ticked off from last week where we kind of collapsed in the fourth quarter," Labinjo said about last week's 41-30 win over Montreal that wasn't as close as it would appear.

"We wanted to make a statement this week for a full 60 minutes and we did that tonight."

Labinjo's play showed the versatility the Stamps have this season.

The Toronto native has played defensive end and linebacker this season, and showed some great hands yesterday.

It helped he was a receiver back in high school, which was the last time he scored a touchdown.

"I told the coaches if they need somebody to return some kicks, I'm able to do that too because I did that in high school as well," said Labinjo with a laugh.

The only major threat for the Argos offence was running back Dominique Dorsey.

Dorsey did a nice job on returns all night, and then broke a 32-yard run in the fourth quarter to get his team in scoring range.

But then backup running back Jamal Robertson put the ball on the turf as that was the story for the visitors.

"Two phases of our football team played well tonight," said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel.

"Our defence and special teams coverage was outstanding. We were facing a young quarterback so we wanted to put some pressure on him."

The Stamps offence did enough to win obviously, as quarterback Henry Burris went 21-of-34 passing for 241 yards and two touchdowns.

Running back Joffrey Reynolds had 112 yards on 12 carries, and the only major error was a Will Poole pick of Burris in the endzone at the end of the second quarter.

So the Stamps do have some motivation for the rematch next week at Rogers Centre.

"Toronto's defence played awfully well," Hufnagel said. "They were all over the field and they made plays."


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