Stamps pummel visiting Alouettes

Stamps receiver Ken-Yon Rambo is tackled by an unidetified Montreal Alouettes defender Friday night...

Stamps receiver Ken-Yon Rambo is tackled by an unidetified Montreal Alouettes defender Friday night in the Stamps win at McMahon Stadium. JIM WELLS/CALGARY SUN

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

When the Nik Lewis biopic gets made, Mark Estelle will play the part of a speed bump.

The Calgary Stampeders lacked intensity a week ago in a loss to the B.C. Lions. They didn’t have Lewis, a race car and Mack truck rolled into one.

Early in the third quarter of Friday’s 46-21 victory over the Montreal Alouettes, Lewis took a short pass from Henry Burris in the flat and sped straight towards Estelle.

Lewis lowered the shoulder, knocking the Alouettes cornerback on his butt, then he took off for a 36-yard touchdown as other defenders seemingly didn’t want to touch him.

“Do I want to talk about the hit? Hell, no,” Estelle said shortly after the game ended.

It was such an impressive move even Lions slotback Geroy Simon took notice.

Simon and the Lions didn’t get to face Lewis’ wrath last week, but the loss certainly fired him up.

“Every player has a defining moment in their careers. I think you’ve just seen Nik Lewis’!” Simon said on Twitter.

The victory is a huge one for the Stamps, who end a two-game losing streak and improve to 10-3.

The Alouettes have their three-game win streak snapped and drop to 9-4. The two teams meet again on Thanksgiving at Montreal in what should be another shootout.

Burris rebounded from a horrible showing last week to throw for more than 400 yards and four TDs, two to Romby Bryant and the others to Ken-Yon Rambo and Lewis.

The Stamps had two touchdowns one their first four offensive plays, with the big one being a 100-yard catch-and-run by Rambo.

Unlike a week ago, the Stamps got out to a great start, as Burris went deep to Romby Bryant for a 49-yard touchdown strike to go up 7-0 three minutes after kickoff.

Against the Lions, they didn’t get to seven points until the final three minutes.

The very next offensive play for the Stamps, Burris hit Rambo to make it 14-0.

It was the longest play of either player’s career and Rambo was on his way to a career-best night.

The Alouettes responded before the end of the quarter, as Calvillo engineered an 11-play, 91-yard drive and capped it off with a 15-yard strike to Andrew Hawkins.

The next two Stampeders drives resulted in a 29-yard field goal by Rob Maver and a one-yard TD plunge by quarterback Drew Tate as the home side took a 24-7 lead.

But Calvillo responded again with another long drive and capped it off with a major strike to S.J. Green to make it 24-14.

The next time Calvillo touched the ball, his pass went off Ben Cahoon’s hands and to Malik Jackson for an interception.

That turnover set up a 31-yard Maver field goal and the Stamps led 27-14 at the break.

Cahoon needed only seven catches to set the all-time receptions mark, but he came up short.

Calvillo managed to throw three TDs total, including one in the third quarter to Jamel Richardson, but the Stamps took over in the final frame and put the visitors away.

The Alouettes ran into injury trouble at one of their key positions midway through the second quarter.

On a kickoff, Alouettes linebacker Diamond Ferri ran into the leg of kicker Damon Duval while chasing Stamps returner Jon Cornish.

Duval managed to return for a couple of punts, but then he left for good when Jabari Arthur ran into him trying to block one.

Linebacker Shea Emry handled the kickoffs and punts after the first Duval injury, while Cahoon booted two extra points.

Emry tried a fake punt in the fourth quarter but was drooped for a turnover.

The Stamps didn’t turn the ball over, while the Alouettes had three turnovers.


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