Defenders run up turnover count

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

If the deal was the same for games as it for practice, the Calgary Stampeders defensive coaches would have done wind sprints Saturday night.

There is often a practice bet in place that if the defence creates four turnovers, the coaches on that side of the ball do gassers.

In Saturday night's 15-14 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Stamps got those four turnovers, but the most important one was on downs to seal the victory at the end.

"Our coaches should be running, seeing as it was a close win and we had the turnovers," said defensive end Charleston Hughes.

"We had a great emphasis on that in practice and it's showing up in the game."

Three first-half turnovers were key to keeping the Stamps close with the Ticats.

Both Malik Jackson and Tim Johnson stripped ball-carriers, and the fumbles were recovered to kill drives.

Then, Brandon Browner picked off a Quinton Porter pass in the endzone to take more points off the board.

Even after holding the Ticats to just three singles, off a missed field goal and two punts, the defence feels it could do a better job.

"Zero would be better," Hughes said. "No one should be satisfied because it wasn't a perfect game. We haven't been close to playing a perfect game. We still have to work towards it."

Hughes had a great outing, picking up another two sacks, although one could have been credited to Shannon James.

Hughes now has six sacks in three games to lead the Stamps in that category.

"I got there first. I touched him with the pinky finger," Hughes said. "I touched him first. And then it's whoever gets up and celebrates first.

"One of my main goals was to do better than last year. I've already passed the sack total.

"It feels good to know I'm doing better than last year. I feel I'm an all-around better player than last year."

Hughes also had a pair of knockdowns and a key special-teams tackle on a punt return against the Ticats.


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