Stampeders thrash Lions 41-6 in CFL preseason opener

CALGARY — Five different players scored touchdowns to lead the Calgary Stampeders to a convincing 41-6 win over the BC Lions on Saturday at McMahon Stadium.

Shawn Bane Jr. started things off by executing a punt in the BC end zone late in the second quarter. Dedrick Mills, Tommy Stevens and Rasheed Tucker had quick second-half scores, while Josiah Schakel had an interception return for a TD late in the contest.

After entering the game late in the third quarter as Calgary’s third quarterback, Stevens capitalized on his opportunity by completing his only four-yard pass before scoring his rushing touchdown.

Calgary kicker Keiran Burham finished with a pair of baskets and made his five converts.

Lions starting quarterback Michael O’Connor went 17 for 23 for 151 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Jamarius Way for BC’s only points of the game.

BC kicker Mark Milan had a rough afternoon missing two baskets and converting.

Neither team could do anything offensively in the first quarter with their starting quarterbacks in the game.

Bo Levi Mitchell started under Calgary’s center and completed just three of 10 passes for 37 yards. Although he guided the Stamps into scoring territory twice, both practices ended when he was picked – first by Tyniel Cooper at the five-yard line, then by Quincey Mauger in the box. goals.

O’Connor also didn’t have much success in the first quarter, as he was unable to convert on a pair of third conversions that resulted in a pair of turnovers for the Lions.

At QB for Calgary in the second quarter, Jake Maier completed seven of 13 passes for 90 yards, but he put the home side in scoring position twice and Burnham kicked a pair of 33 and 34 field goals yards to give the Marque a 6-0 lead.

Late in the first half, Bane saved a 74-yard punt into the end zone to extend Calgary’s lead to 13-0. Bane broke an early tackle before receiving a big block from Tre Odoms-Dukes which helped him run for the score intact.

The Lions took advantage of a turnover early in the third quarter to get on the scoreboard. After Mauger forced punt returner Peyton Logan to fumble the ball, Victor Gamboa recovered it at the Calgary 39-yard line.

O’Connor then threw a 39-yard strike to Way in the end zone. Milan’s struggles continued as they missed the extra point.

Maier then engineered a seven-play, 65-yard drive that was capped off with a three-yard TD by Mills to give the Stamps a 20-6 lead.

The Stamps extended that lead early in the fourth quarter as Stevens ran for a two-yard score before Schakel threw an interception for a 20-yard touchdown.

BC second-string quarterback Kevin Thomson suffered an injury in that final play when he was hit hard by Calgary’s Titus Wall as he threw the ball. Thomson, who had to be helped off the field, went nine for 20 for 129 yards before his day ended early.

Chase Fourcade came into the game in the fourth quarter as Calgary’s fourth QB in the game. He guided the Stamps on a six-play, 35-yard late drive that was capped off with a five-yard rushing TD by Tucker. Fourcade completed two of four passes for 17 yards.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 28, 2022

Laurence Heinen, The Canadian Press