Burris wants Lion's share of snaps

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

The season finale is now meaningless in the standings, but Henry Burris would prefer to treat it as a playoff game.

That means the Calgary Stampeders No.-1 quarterback would go from start to finish against the B.C. Lions next Saturday at McMahon Stadium -- if it were up to him.

"I will prepare as I'm going to play every snap," said Burris, who will have to wait for coach John Hufnagel's decision on how much he will play against the Leos.

"I don't know what the situation will be, but that's how I approach every game. We know we have a week off afterwards, so we know we can get that much-needed rest."

By beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28-17 Friday night, the Stamps clinched first in the division.

If the Lions do get through to the West final at McMahon Stadium, the Stamps would prefer to have swept them in the season series.

Players such as slotback Nik Lewis, who has played through rib and knee injuries all year, could use some extra time off, but he isn't looking ahead to the Nov. 15 West final.

"We're still focused on B.C." Lewis said. "We feel they dominated us in the past.

"We don't want them thinking they can come in here, if they win the first round, and think they can beat us.

"By going out and beating them, it will set the tone for the playoff game -- if it is against them."

In Friday's win, the Stamps were strong on defence and special teams, but the offence didn't really light it up and Burris had an off-night.

He threw two interceptions and bobbled two snaps, although he didn't lose either fumble.

So Burris and the offence have some things to tune up against the Lions.

"It's a good thing," Burris said. "We have been playing good football. The mistakes the other night were ones that can be easily overturned.

"Late in the game, the guys started to feel the three games in 12 days. You get a bit physically tired and mentally you aren't as sharp.

"We had to push through it and we did a good job of doing that. We have to cut down on those mistakes, especially myself and the guys up front.

"We will get it together and make sure we're ready to go."


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