November 6, 2011
Stamps' Burris shows finish in win
By Ian Busby, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Drew Tate is the starter, and Henry Burris is the finisher.
Tate picks up the win. Give Burris the save.
While Tate was solid again in leading the Calgary Stampeders to a third straight win — again without flashy numbers — it was Burris with the ball in his hands to seal the win.
Demoted three weeks ago to backup, Burris didn’t exactly prefer to be the short-yardage QB, but he did a great job in a 30-24 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
On a third-and-one with 1:18 left, Burris took a few steps to the left and dove for the key first down.
“We’ve been in that situation a million times,” Burris said. “I was looking forward to getting the opportunity to seal the deal for my team.”
Tate said the team had contributions from everyone in getting the victory, but the calm demeanour the team has with him in control is a key part.
Even when Tate took a punch the face from Jonathan Hefney after a Stampeders TD, the QB didn’t respond.
“ Whatever, it’s football,” Tate said. “ I don’t take it personally. You play for the next play, and nothing else matters.”
How many times has this happened in Iowa Hawkeyes practice? Jovon Johnson read Tate perfectly to step in front of the intended receiver. The Bombers DB and the Stampeders QB have a great deal of respect for each other as former college teammates, but Tate survived the pick up the win ... Bombers K Justin Palardy may have a future in acting if football doesn’t work out. The Bombers kicker went down hard clutching his ribs when brushed by Stampeders DB Johnnie Dixon on a missed 37-yard field-goal. True, it was a penalty, but Palardy stayed on the turf as if he had a serious injury. The infraction kept the drive going and the Bombers scored a TD, but Dixon pleaded innocence. “I wanted to pull off but their man (Merrill Johnson) pushed me in the back,” Dixon said. “ I should have pulled off harder so it’s my fault” ... So how does the next generation of young QBs look? Both Tate and Alex Brink were in their third CFL starts and both had moments where they looked great. Brink rebounded from a rough start to finish 22-of-33 for 202 yards and a TD.
So Ken-Yon Rambo is back. After missing four games with knee and Achilles problems, the Stamps veteran slotback showed a great burst. The 33-year-old’s first reception was a TD, and he made a great play on a 54-yard gain in which he carried Bombers DB Brandon Stewart for about 10 yards. The gain was his longest of the season ... The Bombers dress 13 imports on defence, which leaves them short when they lose an import receiver. So when Terrence Edwards went out for spell with an elbow injury, they are forced to put an inexperienced Canadian players in as replacements. It was 2011 first-round draft pick Jade Etienne took Edwards’ spot until the veteran managed to come back ... Speaking of veterans, how about the agility Stamps DL DeVone Claybrooks showed in side-stepping the punter to avoid a penalty while attempting a block ... The Bombers should probably sign that jack rabbit who made a brief appearance. The bunny ran the length of the field twice and didn’t even look tired.
It was a tough choice for Stampeders rookie of the year between S Demetrice Morley and DL Junior Turner. In this game, both made huge plays. Turner went down main street to hit QB Brink and force a key first-half fumble. Morley came on the blitz and knocked the ball loose from Brink, although it was recovered by the Bombers. Morley took the honours (and should be considered for the West nomination) but the Stamps have a good player in Turner ... The Stamps introduced special teams players out of the tunnel, but that unit didn’t perform well. Outside of a Chris McCoy blocked punt, they had plays made against them. LaMarcus Coker fumbled a kickoff return, Larry Taylor bobbled a punt to take a loss and he fumbled a kickoff return (the Stamps recovered). Bombers DB Deon Beasley had a 50-yard kickoff return for the Bombers and Johnson had a 26-yard punt return while getting a 19.2-yard average on four attempt ... The Stamps weren’t trying to fool anybody with their attendance announcement. They called it 29,076 tickets sold.