Squabbling Stamps hug it out

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:47 PM ET

Davanzo Tate and Dwight Anderson have literally hugged it out.

Following a short rundown yesterday at McMahon Stadium, the two Calgary Stampeders defensive backs made a public display of affection to prove their skirmish on a B.C. Lions touchdown Friday in a 48-10 Stamps victory was just a normal family squabble.

After Jarious Jackson scored on a one-yard run, TSN cameras focused in on the rookie Tate shoving the veteran Anderson, as both players were in each other's face.

The whole incident started earlier in the drive, as Anderson was telling Tate he had to pick up his play.

Receiver Paris Jackson had back-to-back receptions of 10 and 16 yards against Tate to get the drive going.

Once they scored, Tate had had enough, just as so many opponents have in the past with Anderson's notorious trash talk.

"I just told Tate we expect more out of him," said third-year CFLer Anderson.

"The second series, we were kind of sluggish. Our goal is not to be down 21 (points) and to be fighting back. That was the problem in the first couple of weeks. We're not going out and expecting the offence to put up 21 right off the bat. So grow up.

"The media can blow it out of proportion. There was some internal stuff, attention to detail stuff we have been going over on all week. It was a bit of frustration. You have to understand with rookies, you have to give them some leeway. There's nothing more to make of it."

The pushing match in the endzone actually overshadowed another outstanding defensive performance in which Anderson recorded an interception for the second straight game.

The Stamps had a great defensive performance overall. They held the Lions to just 218 total net yards, created five turnovers, including another Brandon Browner interception, pressured well with four sacks and chased starting pivot Buck Pierce.

After the scoring drive of six plays and 78 yards, the Stamps shut down the Lions and held them to just three points the rest of the way.

"I think our defence did escalate our game after that," Tate said. "I'm not sure that was quite it. We did a good job matching up with their receivers, and our veterans did a good job getting us prepared as to what to expect from them."

Stamps head coach John Hufnagel is concerned about the incident but was glad it was resolved quickly.

Still, he doesn't want to see internal strife.

"It was a marital spat, and they started playing football again," Hufnagel said. "You don't want it to run rampant. It's a situation I'm sure both players learned from and the other players on the team have learned from.

"It's not what we want. It's not good for team unity. It happened to be in a game where we won. If it didn't, it would be a bigger sore point.

"Fortunately for those players, it was short lasting. They became teammates quite quickly right after it."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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