Summers' time to shine in Calgary's return game

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

The weather wasn't great yesterday, but for the Calgary Stampeders, it was Summers time.

With the help of fellow returner Markus Howell and punter Burke Dales, Demetris Summers and the Calgary Stampeders special teams units won the battle yesterday in a 22-18 West final win over the B.C. Lions.

When the Lions kicked their third field goal to go up 9-0 in the first quarter, they kicked off for the first time.

Summers fielded it and went 51 yards as kicker Paul McCallum knocked him out of bounds in front of the Stamps bench.

After the Stamps forced a safety shortly afterwards, the Lions booted to Markus Howell, who went 34 yards up the opposite sidelines and got a huge block from Summers.

McCallum booted another field goal, and Summers took that one back 53 yards to help set up the game's first touchdown.

"They didn't know where to kick it," Howell said. "Demetris hurt them early. They come across the field to me.

"I hurt them. Then they went back to Demetris again. I said OK."

Howell, who later had a 20-yard punt return, had two rough games against the Lions this season. He injured his groin at B.C. Place in August, then left the season-finale with a neck stinger, so this win was great redemption for him.

The story gets even better for Summers, who is in his first season with the Stamps and who thought last year at this time he would never play football again.

"I was out for four years and to get involved with this great group of guys is amazing," said Summers, who fought through ankle problems earlier this season and played through a knee injury yesterday.

"It was back and forth with me all year. When I came back in the second time (off the injured list), I knew I had to step it up."


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