Pickoff part of great day for Stamps rookie

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:53 AM ET

CALGARY - All season long, the Calgary Stampeders knew they had a player with a bright future in Anthony Parker.

Nobody really expected the local product to shine this brightly in his first extended action.

Although Henry Burris missed the former University of Calgary Dinos star on a would-be touchdown pass in the third quarter, Parker had a great day overall.

When the B.C. Lions attempted a fake punt, Parker looked as if he was looking right at the opposition’s playbook. Parker recognized J.R. LaRose was wide open along the sidelines and raced over there to intercept the ball, showing the athleticism the Stamps saw when they drafted him.

Funny things is he’s not the first rookie receiver from this year’s first round to record a pick this season.

Parker follows in the footsteps of Calgary product Marco Iannuzzi, who did the trick last week against the Toronto Argonauts and kicker Noel Prefontaine.

It just so happens that the Lions decided to wait for Iannuzzi at pick No. 6 after trading the third pick to the Stamps, who used it to take Parker.

With Jabari Arthur out with a leg injury, the Stamps needed Parker to step in and play a bigger role. He did just that, catching three passes for

39 yards, including two grabs on a third-quarter touchdown drive.

Even when Arthur comes back, the Stamps now know they can count on some production from Parker … and even a wacky play or two.

SHORT YARDAGE

Lions safety J.R. LaRose should expect to get a meeting with CFL disciplinarian Tom Higgins this week. In the first quarter, LaRose led with his helmet on a blatant head-knocking tackle on Stamps R Nik Lewis. The slotback was obviously frustrated there wasn’t a call, as the ball popped loose to break up a first-down play … For the first time in recent memory, the Stamps had a injury scare to their starting QB. In the first quarter, Lions DL Khalif Mitchell got tangled up with left guard Steve Myddelton and he rolled over the leg of Henry Burris. The veteran stayed down as the training staff worked on his ankle, and Drew Tate needed to come out to finish off the drive. The Stamps failed to punch the ball in and settled for a field goal and Burris fist-pumped the crowd after getting up and walking it off … Clearly Burris didn’t have any problems with his ankle as he scrambled away from a several tacklers the next time he had the ball. With consistency being a huge problem, Burris had the ball slip out of hands on the next play, conceding a 13-yard loss.

LONG SNAPS

It looked like both teams would get blown away and not just one before this one started. A huge wind during warmups knocked over the inflatable Stampeders helmet, which meant the Stamps ran out the tunnel without the tunnel … On Friday, Lions receiver Geroy Simon admitted that Brandon Smith is one of the most underrated defensive backs in the league and the best the Stamps have to offer. Smith went out and proved that Simon right by knocking the ball out of the receiver’s hands late in the second quarter. The Stamps escaped a big play and managed to get a field goal before the gun … Simon had his 900th reception in the Hall of Fame game, and he had reception No. 800 in last year’s Hall of Fame game. Can he top 1,000 next year?

EXTRA POINTS

Certainly Romby Bryant is having a better season than his numbers would suggest but he has to make a better effort on plays such as the Stampeders’ first pass of the game. Henry Burris threw the ball into tight coverage, but Dante Marsh managed to wrestle the ball away from Bryant. Luckily for the Stamps, the Lions only got punt single off it … The injury situation could be interesting this week in Calgary. Returner Larry Taylor left in the second half after suffering bruised ribs on a 45-yard kickoff return that ended in a scrum on the Stampeders bench. Stamps DB Keon Raymond replaced him and left briefly with wooziness after taking a hard shot at the end of a 21-yard punt return … St. Francis Browns product Rolly Lumbala punched in a TD in the first half for his first major in front of his home crowd. Lumbala is familiar with that endzone though, as he had countless TDs in Calgary high school games.


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