Lewis laments coming up short

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

REGINA -- It's been two years since the Calgary Stampeders lost a playoff game, and the feeling burns Nik Lewis.

The mood in the post-game locker room was a sombre one following a 27-17 defeat at the hands of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

It almost makes a player want to retire.

"We have to be better," said Lewis, who will reportedly undergo knee surgery in the off-season. "I know I have to be better. I'm disappointed in the season I had. Not just touchdowns. I don't have to score touchdowns. We put up enough touchdowns.

"A thousand yards is not good enough for me. That's not my character. If I'm going to play like this, I don't need to play no more. I can't do it anymore. I have to be better for my team.

"I respect every man in this locker-room. We went all out hard but came up short. Coach once said, 'you never lose, you just run out of time.' "

Lewis didn't have a terrible game, catching four passes for 45 yards, but he didn't make any huge plays either.The loss feels bitter for those who did have a good outing.

Miguel Robede had his first sack of the season, recovered a fumble by Steven Jyles and had five tackles.It was probably his best game of the season, but that is no consolation.

"I was looking forward to winning," Robede said. "I gave it all I got. I'm really disappointed.

"We all want to play our best game at the end of the season. I've had a lot of help from DeVone (Claybrooks), Jim (Davis), (Mike) Labinjo, coach Cornell Brown and coach Chris Jones.

"I wanted to do well for them. I tried to bring everything I could to the game."

Although there were 30 players on the 42-man roster who were on the team when it won the Grey Cup last year, the Riders looked like the ones with more experience.

"You have to know when you come here that you are a target," said defensive back Dwight Anderson.

"You need to fight. A lot of new guys were thrown into the fire. Now they know what it takes.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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