Eye on Flutie's thrown

Henry Burris needs one more touchdown pass to move ahead of franchise co-leader Doug Flutie. (Sun...

Henry Burris needs one more touchdown pass to move ahead of franchise co-leader Doug Flutie. (Sun Media/Al Charest)

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

HAMILTON -- The next touchdown pass will put Henry Burris past Doug Flutie.

The Calgary Stampeders quarterback just hopes it also propels his group past the revived Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

A game-winning touchdown toss to Jeremaine Copeland last week tied Burris for the franchise record of 140 passing majors.

When the Stamps face the Tiger-Cats tonight at Ivor Wynne Stadium (5:30 p.m., TSN), getting that record as early as possible will help focus against a formidable home team.

Once it happens, Burris will have a souvenir football that will mean plenty to him down the road.

"When we went to Edmonton, someone asked me if I was going to keep the ball that passes Flutie," said Burris, who needed four last week but got three. "How will I know which one that is? I don't keep track during the game. I'm just so focused on winning. Being it's the first one (tonight), then I'm sure George (Hopkins, the equipment manager) will take care of it.

"But I'm here to win a game and what a truly big challenge it will be."

Although the Tiger-Cats are 5-5, they are 4-1 at home this season. While the Stamps are set at their pivotal position, the Ticats are making a change. Quinton Porter is back as the starter in place of Kevin Glenn.

Despite Glenn playing decently, the Ticats have a 1-3 record over that span since Porter was hampered by a knee injury.

"Quinton was our starter when he got hurt," said Ticats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille. "We were 4-2. He's healthy now.

"He deserves another opportunity. We believe we can win with Quinton or with Kevin, and we have won with both.

"Now that Quinton is ready and healthy, it's important for his development to get on the field and play again."

The major difference between Porter and Glenn is the former's running ability and his size when doing so. The 6-foot-5, 228-lb. Boston College product is deceptively fast.

For Porter, having Glenn around helps because this is the veteran's third team in a nine-year career while Porter is on his second one with Hamilton. The Ticats also trust Glenn can be productive coming off the bench.

"For the most part, what he brings is experience," Porter said. "He's seen all the different looks from defences. A lot of times, I'm playing on instinct. That may be the biggest difference, but it may not be noticeable to the outside world.

"(This two-QB system) is good for the team, and that's what is most important. I don't have any preconceived perceptions of where my career should be. I just take care of my job day by day."

Add up the two QBs' numbers and they are competitive with the best pivots in the CFL.

Right now, Burris is leading the league with 17 TD passes and 3,0002 yards, so it's pretty safe the record will fall tonight.

The smart money is on Copeland, who has caught 39 of Burris' 140 TDs with the Stamps.

Nik Lewis is second on that list with 26, although the slotback hasn't caught one this season. Neither has Brett Ralph, who has 10 TDs from Burris.

"Nik will want to be that guy who gets the first one," Burris said.

"Ryan Thelwell got his first one last week, so he's happy now. Nik and Ralphy need some love. We need to give Ralphy a chance too.

"Those are the two hungriest guys on the team right now."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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