Canadian Football League

Thursday, June 09, 2005

First Pre-Season Canadian Football League Game

After nailing a pair of clutch kicks, Sandro DeAngelis was quick to give his teammates credit.
Saskatchewan Roughriders Dwayne Lefall (right) sacks Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris. (CP/Jeff McIntosh) The rookie kicker converted three of three field goal attempts, including a pair in the fourth quarter, to lead the Calgary Stampeders to an 18-14 exhibition win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Tuesday night in the CFL exhibition opener for both teams. "The conditions were awfully tough," said the Niagara Falls, Ont., native, referring to the rainy weather and soaked field conditions.
"I have to give a ton of credit to the guys up front and (holder) Darnell Kennedy because without them those kicks aren't going through. Hat's off to them."
Calgary coach Tom Higgins credited snapper Randy Chevrier and Kennedy for teeing the ball up nicely for DeAngelis.
"For (Kennedy) just to catch the football and put it on the tee was miraculous," said Higgins, who added that he has faith in his rookie kicker's abilities. "Everybody now knows how strong his leg is. It's just a matter of making sure we continue to work on his accuracy."
On Calgary's opening drive, former Saskatchewan quarterback Henry Burris tossed a lateral pass to Jermaine Copeland who promptly threw the ball downfield to a wide open Nik Lewis. The 2004 CFL rookie of the year then ran untouched into the end zone for a 74-yard touchdown to put Calgary up 7-0.
"We always want to put a little razzle dazzle and fun in our offence," Higgins said. "We're always going to have a trick or two."
DeAngelis booted an 18-yard field goal as time expired in the first quarter before the Stamps built up a 12-0 lead early in the second quarter when Saskatchewan kicker Paul McCallum conceded a safety in the end zone.
The Roughriders finally scored at 10:10 of the second quarter when Chris Szarka scampered in from three yards to narrow the deficit to 12-7.
The Riders took a 14-12 lead late in the third quarter when quarterback Rocky Butler capped off an eight-play, 60-yard drive with a one-yard plunge into the end zone.
Calgary regained the lead and hung on for the victory in the fourth when DeAngelis kicked field goals of 38 and 29 yards.
Notes: Several thousand fans at McMahon Stadium braved the rainy conditions to take in the game. The official attendance wasn't announced. a Burris played the entire first half and completed five of 16 passes for 70 yards. Darnell Kennedy played the third quarter and started the fourth before Jason Gesser came in to wrap things up. a Saskatchewan played four QBs, with Marcus Crandell starting the first quarter. The former Stampeder pivot gave way to Nealon Greene midway through the opening quarter before getting the ball back again five minutes into the third. Crandell completed 14 of 23 passes for 156 yards, while Green went 1-for-3 for just 11 yards. Butler played the third quarter and started the fourth before Dennis Gile finished the game.


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