Sure, it was a mock game.
The intensity was real.
“The first kickoff, we had 11 guys, so that got my blood boiling right from the start, and it just rose from there,” said GM/head coach John Hufnagel after the Calgary Stampeders preparation clash Friday afternoon.
The intensity came to a head when defensive back Dwight Anderson and rookie receiver Johnny Forzani had a scuffle, after which Hufnagel sent Anderson to the dressing room.
“Huf’s just got to show it as an example you can’t do in the game, because if you do that in a game, you’ll be kicked out and it’ll hurt the team,” Anderson said.
“It’s training camp. It’s done. Once I crossed that line, it was a wrap.”
“It happens. It’s football,” Forzani said with a shrug. “Just two competitive guys.”
Safety Wes Lysack and fullback Mike Cornell also had a confrontation.
The session to prepare for Sunday’s pre-season game in Edmonton also featured some highlights from offence and defence.
Cornerback Brandon Browner picked off one of Henry Burris’ first passes.
But Burris later fired a 95-yard touchdown strike to rookie speedster Deon Murphy.
It was a so-so performance for kickers Warren Kean and Rob Maver. Both made one field goal, but Kean missed a 36-yard attempt and Maver missed from 42 yards.