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Stampeders rely on defense to tame lethargic Lions 25-11 - Sports

VANCOUVER — Calgary Stampeders rookie Jalen Philpot caught the moment in his CFL debut at his hometown stadium.

“Funny, today is amateur night (in honor of amateur football) because that’s what I remember,” said the 22-year-old from Delta, BC. His father Corey Philpott played his eighth season in the CFL for the BC Lions. And the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“I remember playing here at halftime, running around, just having fun and taking in the whole view,” said Philpott. “I did the same thing they did here 15 years ago, so it really came full circle.

On a low offensive Saturday night, Philpott scored on a 54-yard reception just before halftime in Calgary’s 25-11 victory over the Lions at BC Place.

This set up a 3-yard run for a touchdown conversion by Ka’Deem Carey, the only major in the game’s first 57 minutes.

The Stampeders (9-5) fumbled on a two-point conversion attempt. Peyton Logan added a 19-yard touchdown run with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter, and Dominic Rhymes with 29 seconds left Antonio He got the Lions’ only touchdown from Pipkin with his pass (9-1). 4) caught. Pipkin he carried the ball over his line one yard and successfully converted the two points.

Calgary’s field goal kicker Rene Paredes made 4 of 5 from 39, 33, 31 and 33 yards. He added a total of 13 points conversion.

Shaun White extended his field goal streak to 13 with a 34-yard kick with 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter. This is the first point in BC’s game.

“Offensively, we didn’t get any kind of flow,” said Lions head coach Rick Campbell. No, so it’s not a fun game for home fans.”

Paredes kicked wide right on his first field goal attempt of the game. That’s just when he entered the contest at 2:08 — the Stampeders recovered his kick for his 11-yard onside for the Paredes and started the first quarter before marching to his 41-yard line for the BC. Did.

“We were aggressive,” said Dave Dickenson, who improved his Calgary head coaching record to 70-28-2 in his 100th career game as the Stampeders head coach. “We started with onside kicks. Basically, we played everything we could, aggressive plays. I liked things.”

A week after a 31-29 overtime win over the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium, the Lions couldn’t find the spark to ignite their offense.

In his first home start at BC Place after being acquired in a trade to the Montreal Alouettes on August 19, quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. was 12-for-24 for 151 yards. He added 11 yards to the ground. Anthony Pipkin stepped in under center late in the fourth quarter and went 4-for-6 when he scored his throw for 66 yards and one touchdown.

Kicker Stephen Flintoft had a busy night for the Lions, punting for 417 yards.

“I thought I was playing enough defense to win a CFL game,” Campbell said. “We gave up some big plays that we didn’t want to give up. The tackles that follow are frustrating for defensive players, especially in the closing stages.”

The Lions also came out on the other side of the penalty tally. After last week’s Thriller at McMahon Stadium included a total of 215-yard penalties, on Saturday he was called for six 65-yard penalties. This included a serious major foul on his Williams by Jordan, who Calgary got a good position near center field before Philpott caught a monster just before halftime.

A serious foul for roughing up a passer also nullified an interception by TJ Lee with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

“I think there were couples that hurt both teams,” Campbell said. “I don’t think penalties are the reason why we win or lose.”

Quarterback Jake Meyer made a strong outing as the Calgary defense kept the Lions pinned in their own half of the field. He completed his 27 of his 33 pass attempts for 294 yards and added his yards rushing for 14 yards. The Stampeders finished with five penalties for 36 yards.

This win, combined with losses by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Redblacks this week, gave Calgary its 17th straight CFL postseason berth that night. Despite the loss, BC also made the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

The Stampeders stretch their winning record at BC Place to 2016, after the Lions won both games at McMahon Stadium for the first time since 2010.

footnote: Stampeders veteran offensive lineman Derek Dennis was carted off the field after suffering a foot injury late in the first quarter… Injured BC wide receiver Josh Pearson led the crowd before the game. and sang “O Canada”… The BC Football Hall of Fame inductees welcomed their class of 2022 before Saturday’s game… The Lions also performed an amateur football salute… Next week, the Lions will meet on Friday Hosting the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday, the Stampeders will return to McMahon Stadium to face the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on September 24, 2022.