Eskimos exact revenge

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The Calgary Stampeders are finding new ways not to score touchdowns.

Led by the sporadic passing of quarterback Henry Burris, the Stamps squandered several great opportunities in the first half in losing 18-14 to the Eskimos last night in Edmonton.

Burris almost pulled off another miracle win, much like last week's season-opening victory, but tossed an endzone interception to Esks DB Shannon Garrett with a minute remaining.

It was Burris's second pick of the night but this time, throwing behind his receiver with Ken-Yon Rambo wide open at the goal line, it killed the comeback bid.

"I have no idea what happened on that play," said Burris, who completed just 19 of 36 passes for 301 yards.

"We have to look at the film and get everybody on the same page on that play."

Rambo was shocked the play went awry with the Stamps scrimmaging at Edmonton's five, poised to pull off another comeback win.

"What you see is what you get," Rambo said.

"We ran the play in practice over and over and completed it. We just couldn't complete it again at the end of the game."

The Stamps (1-1) and Esks (1-1) are now tied with B.C. (1-0) for first place in the CFL West.

Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins refused to criticize his starting quarterback's spotty play.

"(Burris) is going to be judged on whether he wins or loses and we didn't get a 'W' this time," Higgins said.

"As bad as it was, when you're not scoring touchdowns, it's hard to win football games. At the end we gave ourselves a chance but we (made) the critical error of throwing an interception and that's a shame."

Although Calgary opened a 9-0 first-half lead, Edmonton charged back in the second half with two Jason Tucker TDs.

Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray found Tucker for a pair of 35-yard touchdowns in the second half.

Ray hit Tucker with long receptions twice on the same drive in the third quarter, including the major, to bring the Esks within one point, 9-8, midway through the third quarter.

Ray then tossed a second 35-yarder to Tucker with seven minutes remaining as the Eskimos opened a 15-12 lead.

Despite Burris's inability to find the endzone, Higgins said he never considered giving the ball to veteran backup Danny McManus, presumably signed as a free agent in the off-season for just that situation.

"No, there was never a thought about a quarterback change," Higgins insisted.

Scrimmaging from Edmonton's 36 on the opening drive, Burris underthrew Nik Lewis on second and six.

In the second quarter, consecutive catches by Jeremaine Copeland and Rambo brought the Stamps to Edmonton's four-yard line. A holding penalty by Rambo nullified a TD run by Joffrey Reynolds and two short passes later, Sandro DeAngelis kicked his second field goal of the night.

Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins successfully challenged an Ed Hervey catch late in the first half, overturning the play as video review proved the ball was fumbled and recovered by Jermaine Chatman at the Stamps 54.

With more than one minute remaining on the clock, the Stamps failed to turn the ruling into points. Two plays later, the Stamps punted again.

DeAngelis kicked field goals of 12, 37, 42, and 44 yards to provide the team's only scoring.

Eskimos kicker Sean Fleming missed field goals from 25 and 48 yards before connecting on an 11-yarder with three minutes remaining.

MOIR MOVING ON: Darrell Moir, the Calgary Stampeders senior v.p. of club operations, has resigned effective July 21. Moir has accepted a job as assistant general manager of the Glencoe Club in Calgary. Moir is a former Stampeders player (1979-85).


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