Quarterback Dominique Davis and slotback Greg Wilson connected early in the fourth quarter for a major to help the Calgary Stampeders top the BC Lions 20-6 in pre-season action at McMahon Stadium Friday night.
Davis was one of four pivots to see game action Friday as the Stampeders fine tune for the regular season.
John Hufnagel said earlier in the week that he would be relying heavily on his newcomers but wanted to ensure his starters shook off the rust from an off-season that including the celebrating of a Grey Cup.,
Calgary picked up right where they left off in 2014, putting the ball in the hands of RB Jon Cornish on the first drive of the game as he, along with backup Jock Sanders, muscled their way to first downs to set up a 28-yard Rene Paredes field goal.
The Leos countered with rookie Jonathan Jennings as they look to find the right blend of young backups to complement starter Travis Lulay who is recovering from a shoulder injury.
Jennings connected with Terence Jefers-Harris for 62 yards, Austin Collie for 8 but couldn’t punch it in from inside the give and settled for a chip-shot field goal to tie the game at 3.Head coach Jeff Tedford, who was making his first appearance as a CFL sideline, put the ball in the hands of the Saginaw Valley State product who moved the ball well on his first drive.
Jennings’ next possession wasn’t nearly as productive. He dropped back on a second-down and before releasing the ball got stripped by Deron Mayo. The veteran linebacker forced the turnover and set the Stamps up at the Lions 45 yard line.
The Stamps handed the ball to Bryant Moniz who took over for Bo Levi Mitchell who’s day was done after the opening possession. Mitchell's sole drive was 13 plays and produced five first downs.
Moniz found sophomore WR Eric Rodgers for gains of 12 and 13 before Paredes knocked through a field goal from 32 yards out.
Moniz and rookie Dominique Davis split the remainder of the reps under centre, staying true to Hufnagels’ plan of platooning his quarterbacks throughout the game.
Jennings marched the Lions one more time before the half came to a close, connecting with WR Brian Burnham for 32 yards to set up a field goal as the teams headed to the locker room tied at sixes.
Jennings finished 5 of 11 for 116 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions.
A new half ringed in a pair of new quarterbacks as the Lions opened the third quarter with Travis Partridge and Calgary countered with National Andrew Buckley who played his college ball at the University of Calgary.
Buckley got instant field position as the Stamps forced Partridge to throw an interception. The rookie pivot tossed a pair of short completions to help set up Tyler Crapigna kick a field goal to give Calgary a 9-6 lead early in the third quarter.
Crapigna added another on the Stampeders’ next possession and the third quarter closed out without incident with Calgary up by six.
Davis came back in Buckley as the third quarter came to a close and as the fourth got underway, he led the game’s first touchdown drive to open up a 14-point lead.
Off a playaction fake, Davis rolled right out of the pocket and spotted newcomer WR Greg Wilson down the sidelines who hauled in the 24-yard touchdown pass with 11:10 remaining. A successful two-point conversion gave the Stampeders a 20-6 advantage.
The Lions entered Greg McGhee to close out the rest of the game at quarterback but couldn't muster any more points.
The Stampeders will close out thier pre-season schedule at Mosaic Stadium in Regina next weekend while the Lions return home to host the Edmonton Eskimos.