DeAngelis dials up long D

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

The kickers were exchanging phone numbers on the field after last night's Stampeders game, with Calgary's Sandro DeAngelis dutifully scratching out veteran Toronto hoofer Noel Prefontaine's calling card.

And with DeAngelis booting six field goals, including three from long distance early in the contest, could Prefontaine have been looking for kicking tips?

"It's for our radio show, it's always good to talk to kickers," smiled DeAngelis, who connected on two 49-yarders and one from 51 in the opening 16 minutes before eventually building a 12-1 half-time lead.

DeAngelis added kicks 13 and 27 and 36 yards in the fourth quarter once the outcome was well in hand while Prefontaine struck once from 32.

Prefontaine was wide right on a 51 yarder in the second quarter.

"Prefontaine sure as heck doesn't need my help, he's a class act and a great kicker," DeAngelis said.

DeAngelis's three long field goals early were a boost to an offence that struggled to find its range early.

"Sandro showed again why he is so huge for our team because that was a good defence we played against tonight," said Stamps QB Henry Burris.

"They shut us down a couple of times but at least were able to get into long field goals range. That gave us a bit of a comfort zone."

The Stampeders dominated special teams, with kickoff returner J.R. Ruffin earning 122 yards on three returns and punt return specialist Markus Howell collecting 76 yards on seven runs.

Calgary's special teams essentially shut down Toronto's big-play men of Bashir Levingston and Keith Stokes. Levingston had two punt returns for six yards while Stokes had two for 14. Toronto's kickoff returns were equally impotent.

"Field position and special teams was big early because the offence wasn't able to get going and Sandro was able to swing the scoreboard for us," Howell said.


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