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Glenn guides Stampeders past Lions
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Kevin Glenn threw for 173 yards and a major and the Calgary Stampeders put up 24 first-quarter points en route to a 41-21 thumping of the British Columbia Lions at McMahon Stadium on Friday.
Glenn completed 10-of-17 through the air while Drew Tate and Bo Levi Mitchell each threw a touchdown pass for the Stampeders (11-6), who have won four of their last five games.
Jon Cornish led the Calgary rushing attack with 86 yards on 15 carries, while Maurice Price hauled in four passes for 104 yards and a score. Nikolas Lewis added 81 yards and a touchdown on five catches in the victory.
Anwar Stewart led a stout defensive effort with four sacks for the Stamps, who have a playoff spot locked up in the West Division.
Mike Reilly threw for 261 yards on 19-of-26 passing in place of starter Travis Lulay, who got the night off in preparation for the playoffs.
Geroy Simon hauled in his 100th career touchdown catch for the Lions (12-5), who have a first-round bye and will host the West Division final on Nov. 18.
Akeem Foster caught four passes for 94 yards and a major in the setback.
Calgary opened the scoring on the first possession of the game. After taking the opening kickoff to the 55-yard line, Rene Paredes booted a 46-yard field goal through the uprights four plays later to give the Stampeders the early lead.
On the ensuing Lions touch, Malik Jackson fought through his block and knocked the ball out of Reilly's hands. The ball bounced end-over-end into the end zone and Jackson was there to pounce on it for the score, putting Calgary up 10-0.
After a two-and-out, Calgary took over on the 53-yard line and needed just one play, as Glenn tossed a screen pass out in the flat to Price, who galloped all the way to the end zone for a 17-0 Stamps lead with around five minutes gone in the opening quarter.
Facing a 1st-and-10 at the Calgary 46, Tate lofted one over the middle and was picked off by Ryan Phillips, who then fumbled after getting blasted by Rob Cote. Dimitri Tsoumpas was there to jump on the ball giving it back to the Stampeders at the BC 44.
On the next play, Tate hit Lewis down the right sideline for a 44-yard touchdown strike, extending the lead to a comfortable 24-0 margin with just over six minutes to go in the first quarter.
Calgary's first possession of the second quarter resulted in another major as Mitchell lofted a 1-yard pass to the back of the end zone for Corey Mace, who hauled it in for the score, widening the lead to 31-0.
Paredes connected on a 22-yard field goal to make it 34-0, and the Lions finally got on the board on their next possession.
Reilly led a 9-play, 75-yard drive to the Calgary 8-yard line before firing a touchdown strike to Simon in the back left corner of the end zone with 2:25 left before halftime to cut the deficit to 34-7.
Reilly connected with Foster with 10 seconds remaining before the halftime break, trimming the Calgary advantage to 34-14.
BC made it a two-possession game late in the third quarter when Tim Brown fielded a punt from Rob Maver at the 54-yard line and raced 56 yards the other way for the score, making it a 34-21 game.
But Paredes booted a 35-yard field goal on Calgary's next touch to make it a 16-point game.
Paredes was good again from 46 yards out midway through the fourth quarter and the Stamps capped the scoring with a single courtesy of a booming 67-yard punt by Maver.
Calgary leads the all-time series between the teams, 95-77-5 ... Simon missed the previous three games due to a hamstring injury ... It was Mace's first career touchdown reception ... Price left the game in the fourth quarter after running into a propane heater on the sideline ... The Calgary defense finished with eight sacks ... The Stamps snapped a four-game losing streak to the Lions.
10/27 00:30:25 ET