Rough night for decent Hughes debut

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:22 PM ET

HAMILTON -- Charleston Hughes thought he made a stop.

Instead, he was flagged for his hit.

The unnecessary roughness call basically summed up a rough night for the defence.

With the Calgary Stampeders trying to force a punt late in last night's 24-17 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Hughes hit quarterback Quinton Porter, stopping him with a one-yard gain.

But the referees ruled it was too harsh.

"I didn't agree with the call," said Hughes, who had an otherwise great debut with seven defensive tackles, two sacks and three special-teams tackles. "He was trying to stay in bounds to keep the clock running. Obviously, the referee didn't see it that way. What can I say? I can't argue it.

"You have to move on and go to the next play."

The Stamps defence did a great job, overall, despite the loss. After forcing Porter to fumble in the first quarter, Malik Jackson stripped running back DeAndra Cobb and Milt Collins returned it for a touchdown.

Even when the Ticats got good field position with a blocked punt, they held strong and forced a field-goal attempt.

But one number they can't escape is the penalty total, and the Stamps took 14 of them for 142 yards.

"We were undisciplined," said Hughes.

"We have to play better as a team. We have to play more disciplined as a unit and play like we wanted to play. Everyone has to come to play.

"There were plays that happen in every game. When the plays was supposed to be made, they were made. There were plays also not made. We have to bounce back and make it happen."


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