Savvy Allen still elusive

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

Grandpa Damon Allen isn't ready for the rocking chair just yet.

The CFL's senior citizen can still run, a fact the breathless gang of Calgary Stampeders defenders could attest to last night.

The Stamps had the ageless Toronto Argos quarterback -- 43 and in his 22nd CFL season -- on the run all game in a convincing 39-18 win but rarely let the oldtimer feel their presence.

Lineman Rahim Abdullah sacked Allen in the third quarter and clipped his heels as Allen scrambled out of the pocket in the fourth. Linebacker Cornelius Anthony also was credited with a sack.

"It's always tough chasing Damon," said Abdullah, who leads the Stamps with eight sacks.

"He hasn't played all these years and set all these records for nothing."

Allen, pro football's all-time leading passer, completed 18 of 27 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

He also scrambled three times for 36 yards, pushing his all-time rushing totals toward 12,000 yards.

"No matter how old he gets, he may not be as fast as he used to be, but he's as elusive as ever," Abdullah said.

"I was telling the guys that I've never really sacked him before. I've stripped the ball from him and they gave me a sack but I've never really grabbed him and dragged him to the ground until this game."

Linemate Sheldon Napastuk was also catching his breath in the Stamps post-game locker-room. He said Allen's totals proved it was a good night of work for the d-line.

"We had a pretty good game plan and sometimes he hurt us," Napastuk said.


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