Stamps squander blocked punts

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

One blocked punt usually means victory for a football team.

Two blocked punts didn't translate into a win last night for the Calgary Stampeders.

Despite getting their big mitts on two different Damon Duval punt attempts, the Stamps came away empty handed and lost 40-27 last night in the season-opener against the Montreal Alouettes at McMahon Stadium.

"If you block a punt in the game, you usually win," said safety Wes Lysack, who got the first one in the second quarter.

"You guys are better with the numbers, but it should be a high percentage. It shows how bad the rest of the game was that we didn't win."

The Stamps also had a kickoff return touchdown but also committed four turnovers of their own to give the Als opportunities to score.

The feat is rare for the Stamps.

The last time they did it was 2006, when J.R. Ruffin blocked one against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Apparently, special teams coach Craig Dickenson saw something in the coverage where he was able to get at least one player to the punter.

When rookie Tristan Black blocked the second one in the fourth quarter, he couldn't believe he wasn't stopped from coming straight to Duval.

"I just did my job," Black said. "Coach Dickenson just schemed it well.

"We came with the rush and you expect to be blocked, but I wasn't. You always think somebody's coming on you. I was blocked all game.

"I just kept running and nobody was there, so I just went for the ball."

The Stamps turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, blowing what would have made the rookie Black the hero of the game. The deficit was six at that point.

"Nothing is guaranteed," Black said. "All the stats are good indicators of who is going to win, but it isn't guaranteed.

"It didn't happen for us today."


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