Offensive stinker brings out boo-birds at McMahon

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:13 PM ET

Henry Burris insists he didn't hear 'em.

"Everybody else did." he said. "Loud and clear."

With the Calgary Stampeders offence sputtering in the fourth quarter of last night's 15-14 victory over the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the McMahon Stadium faithful let Smilin' Hank and his offensive cohorts have it, showering them with a chorus of boos as they sauntered to the sidelines after a two-and-out drive.

"Oh yeah, you hear that," said Stamps star slotback Jeremaine Copeland. "No fans are going to be happy when you're not executing the way you're supposed to, but you've got to move on ... We won, snuck it out the way we're supposed to."

They have their defence, and the trusty boot of all-star kicker Sandro DeAngelis, to thank for that.

He accounted for every bit of the Stamps' point total -- connecting on five of his six field-goal tries from 37, 30, 27, 35 and 29 yards out

And while Burris and his cache of weapons didn't record a single first down in the fourth quarter, the Stamps defence made life miserable for the Ticats, slamming the door as the visitors threatened to steal two points.

"Sometimes, you need your defence to win the game, and that's what they did," Copeland said. "All you can do is say 'Congratulations, great job,' because that's what they did is a great job. They were flying around, keeping them out of the endzone. When we needed them down the stretch, they stepped up."

The hosts generated just 254 yards of total offence last night and didn't make a single trip to the endzone, while the Ticats racked up 393 yards and scored one major. Burris finished 14-of-30 for 132 yards.

Despite moving into sole possession of top spot in the West Division with the win, Smilin' Hank was anything but after the nailbiting victory.

"I'm walking around here not smiling because I know that's not the type of offensive output we need to be successful," Burris said. "Some weeks, you've got to win shootouts, and there's some weeks where you've got to win ugly.

"It's big for the defence to have this happen, but now offensively, we know we need to focus on basics because we have to be better."

WES.GILBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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