Stamps maul hapless Lions

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- They were without Nik Lewis and Ken-Yon Rambo, but the Calgary Stampeders still had Jeremaine Copeland.

The veteran receiver caught two touchdown receptions to help give the Stamps a 48-10 win over the B.C. Lions last night in front of 27,191 fans at B.C. Place Stadium.

But it was a costly victory.

The Stamps started the game without leading receiver Lewis, who is out with a hip injury, but they were dealt a blow when Rambo left with a knee injury just before the end of the first quarter.

It could be a devastating long-term injury for the 2008 CFL leading receiver.

Lewis's replacement, Jermaine Jackson, also had a touchdown as the Stamps turned the injury blow into a huge lead thanks to a few Lions turnovers.

Running back Joffrey Reynolds had two touchdowns and topped the 100-yard mark for the first time this season.

BUCK STOPPED HERE

The Stamps defence chased Lions starting quarterback Buck Pierce at halftime. Pierce went just 5-of-12 passing for 81 yards and an interception before Jarious Jackson came in as a replacement for the second straight week.

This time, there would be no relief win.

Jackson fumbled a snap on the second possession of the second half and Stamps lineman Odell Willis recovered. It was a great night for Willis, who finished with two sacks.

Copeland caught his second touchdown pass two plays later to make it 28-7 for the visitors.

When Jackson came back on the field, he was picked off by Dwight Anderson and the Stamps converted that into the first Reynolds touchdown run that had the fans filling the exits with the visitors up 38-7.

Pierce returned late in the fourth quarter but it was out of hand at that point.

Copeland's first score came just two plays into the second frame and three after Rambo went down.

After making a 36-yard reception to get into scoring range, Rambo caught a nine-yard pass and was dragged down from behind by Lions linebacker Javy Glatt.

It looked to be a horse-collar tackle but no flag was given on the play.

After getting carried off, Rambo spent a few minutes on the trainer's table where the likes of Copeland and others came over to offer their sympathies.

Rambo emerged from the locker-room in the fourth quarter on crutches and wearing a full leg brace.

The Stamps got on the board first but it wasn't because of their offence, although it was another turnover caused by the visitors.

Long-snapper Randy Chevrier, who is playing through a knee sprain, knocked a punt return loose from Lions running back Ian Smart to give the Stamps the ball on the 27-yard line.

But after a fourth-straight two-and-out from the offence, the Stamps settled for a 35-yard Sandro DeAngelis field goal to take a 4-0 lead. Burke Dales had a punt single before that.

The Lions finally got going a little bit on the following drive, as starter Pierce hooked up with Paris Jackson twice before finding Geroy Simon wide open on a swing route for a long gain.

Pierce scrambled to get inside the five before Jackson came in to punch it in from the one for a 7-4 lead.

DEFENCE DOMINATED

But that was the last time the Lions had anything positive going in what was a dominating performance by the Stamps defence, although it wasn't without some hiccups.

After the Lions touchdown, Stampeders defensive backs Dwight Anderson and Davanzo Tate got into a shoving match but the duo seemed to make up on the bench.

There might still be some hard feelings because after Anderson's pickoff of Jackson, every other member of the secondary came to the celebration except for Tate.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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