Raymond's first endzone visit a special occasion

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

TORONTO -- Fittingly, a guy named Keon scored in Hogtown last night.

But former Toronto Maple Leafs star Dave Keon was nowhere to be seen.

Instead, it was Keon Raymond recording a major in the Calgary Stampeders' 44-16 win over the Toronto Argonauts last night at Rogers Centre.

Fellow defensive back Brandon Smith made the play by getting through the punt blockers and pressuring Argos kicker Mike Vanderjagt to run with the ball.

Smith caught up to Vanderjagt and stripped the ball away. Raymond jumped on the loose rock and the Stamps got an easy seven points.

"I hope a Keon keeps scoring in Toronto," said Raymond, who is actually a St. Louis Blues fan. "It don't matter, a score is a score."

Raymond had a busy night in helping replace safety Wes Lysack, who left after injuring his ankle on the opening play.

It was Raymond's second game after replacing safety Milton Collins (concussion) on the roster.

After scoring the touchdown, Raymond looked as if he was going to toss the ball away, but then he tucked it, obviously deciding to keep a souvenir.

"That's my first, so you have to keep those," he said. "This is just my second game, and to get a touchdown is special."

Smith didn't mind that Raymond got the glory for the play. There's no question Smith's pressure caused the turnover, and he won the wrestling match with Vanderjagt to get the ball loose.

"I tried to get to it," Smith said. "I'm just glad one of my teammates had my back and jumped on it.

"We put a lot of emphasis on special teams, and take a lot of pride in it."


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