Calgary Stampeders fall to B.C. Lions in pre-season opener

Calgary Stampeder Troy Butler intercepts a pass Friday night at McMahon Stadium. (GAVIN JOHN/QMI...

Calgary Stampeder Troy Butler intercepts a pass Friday night at McMahon Stadium. (GAVIN JOHN/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:55 AM ET

CALGARY - Bo Levi Mitchell made his case to move up the depth chart.

Officially listed as the Calgary Stampeders third-string quarterback, Mitchell gave his team a shot Friday night against the B.C. Lions at McMahon Stadium.

The second-year pivot erased a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to give the Stamps a 27-26 lead the pre-season opener for both teams.

But with Paul McCallum staying in B.C., Lions place kickerHugh ONeills 47-yard field goal hit the crossbar and bounced through to give the visitors the win.

Trailing 26-20, Mitchell hit Brandon Kinnie for a 38-yard gain to the one-yardline.

Running back Jonathan Williams took it in on the next play to give the Stamps the lead.

Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel wanted to see an improvement from his offence especially his starting unit from last weekends mock game.

That didnt happen.

Starting pivot Drew Tate and Co. failed to ignite any kind of an attack in the opening quarter.

Backup Kevin Glenn, however, looked sharp in the second quarter, poutting up a pair of touchdowns and one ill-advised pick.

Mitchell was put in a tough spot, having to deal with a torrential downpour and poor field position in the third quarter.

He did find rookie slotback Yannick Morin-Plante for a 43-yard pickup in the fourth quarter after the rain let up a bit.

The Stamps will visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders Thursday (8 p.m., QR770) for the final pre-season tune-up for both clubs.

Tate strggled to get anything going in his quarter of action, going 2-for-7 for seven yards.

Glenn kickstarted the offence immediately, hooking up with Tim Hawthorne on his first play of the second quarter.

It would be a recurring theme as Glenn and Hawthorne hooked up three times for 70 yards in the quarter.

Hawthornes 27-yard grab on second-and-20 set up the hosts first major, a 13-yard catch by Maurice Price.

Glenn put together another touchdown drive, capped off by a 14-yard pass into the endzone for Khalil Paden.

Lions backup Thomas DeMarco found Nick Moore for a 14-yard touchdown and Korey Williams took a kickoff 105 yards to paydirt for the Lions in the opening half as the teams headed to the locker-room tied at 17.

Neither team could sustain much offensively in the rain-drenched second half.

scott.fisher@sunmedia.ca


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