Big plays, not taunts, haunt Stampeders secondary

WES GILBERTSON, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:30 PM ET

Emmanuel Arceneaux celebrated the touchdown.

The Calgary Stampeders celebrated the victory.

On the eve of their third meeting of the season with the B.C. Lions, members of the Stamps secondary insisted they’re not trying to settle a score with Arceneaux, who showboated his way into the endzone in the final moments of the Red & White’s 48-35 triumph at Empire Stadium last month.

“That ain’t nothing we’re worried about,” said Stamps cornerback Brandon Browner. “We were up by darn near 30 points when he did that. We were winning, and we’ll take the ‘W’ over that any day.”

With the Stamps leading 48-20 and less than three minutes remaining in an Aug. 27 clash between the West Division rivals, Arceneaux escaped behind backup Taurean Allen and broke loose for a 58-yard touchdown reception.

As Arceneaux cruised into the endzone, he pointed backwards and taunted the rookie halfback.

“He was celebrating a touchdown. If they were up, he would’ve been doing the same thing, so I can’t really fault him,” shrugged Stamps halfback Brandon Smith. “Why would you taunt when you’re losing? I don’t know. But, hey … he was excited that he scored a touchdown.”

Truth is, though, the Stamps defensive backs are more upset about last week, when they were torched for a handful of big plays in a 43-37 overtime loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Riders racked up 500 passing yards — something the Stamps don’t want to allow the Lions to replicate.

“We take it personal when we get big plays on us,” Smith said. “As a DB, you have to have a short memory. You have to just understand what happened and rebuild from it and move on. You can’t sit around harping on it because you lose confidence, and that’s one thing you can’t lose — you can’t lose confidence.”


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