Isaac gets better of Lewis

Stampeders' Nik Lewis makes a catch against the Toronto Argonauts' Brandon Isaac during first half...

Stampeders' Nik Lewis makes a catch against the Toronto Argonauts' Brandon Isaac during first half CFL football action at McMahon Stadium. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:56 AM ET

CALGARY - Nik Lewis received the catch … and the flag.

Brandon Isaac picked up the win … and the bragging rights.

In the second quarter of Saturday’s 22-14 Toronto Argonauts victory at McMahon Stadium, it finally looked like the home side was poised to score.

Calgary Stampeders veteran Lewis caught a pass taking the ball down to the five-yard line, then he got up and barked at Isaac, a former teammate and seemingly new nemesis.

The conversation continued too long for the liking of the officials, and Lewis drew an objectionable conduct flag.

Isaac wins the battle.

“I got the last laugh,” said Isaac, who played with the Stamps for the past two years before leaving as a free agent.

“He got too emotional, because he finally caught a ball on me. I stood there, and we talked. He said some things that the ref didn’t like.”

That play came right after a controversial one involving Isaac, of course. Lewis made a catch while at the same time running back Jon Cornish came on a cross route. The ball was gone to Lewis a few seconds before Isaac drilled Cornish with a blind hit. It was definitely late and not needed. But it drew no flag.

“I told BI that the game doesn’t need that,” Lewis said. “You don’t need to hit defenceless receivers. He plays the way he sees fit.”

Cornish was diplomatic about the play after the game.

Earlier, he took offence to getting knocked down by Marcus Ball and threw a head-butt at the Argos linebacker, drawing a penalty.

After getting drilled by Isaac, he stayed on the turf for a minute but then went off under his own power.

“The refs didn’t see it, so what can you do?” Cornish said. “It sucks being hit late, but what can you do about it. It was unfortunate. I reacted to one of them the wrong way.”

Isaac didn’t believe the hit was late or the least bit dirty, although Lewis disagreed.

“When I do something, I guess I’m a bad guy because they are losing,” Isaac said. “They are trying to find justification.

I don’t see anything wrong with it. If the ref sees something wrong with it, he would have thrown a flag.

“I saw him come across the middle, and the quarterback looked that way, so I took my opportunity to put my pads on him. I came away with a jammed neck.”

The Stamps have lost both games against the Argos this season, but Lewis has still managed to get yards.

In Toronto in Week 2, Lewis had 95 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions.

On Saturday, he caught six balls for 68 yards, and there were plenty of times he was being covered by Isaac.

Lewis still contends Isaac can’t cover him man-to-man.

“I told (Argos head coach Scott) Milanovich that make sure you double me every play. I consider Brandon a friend.

I just don’t want him to get cut for lack of production.”

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca

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