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Stamps whip Ray-less Argos

Head injury injury also fells Calgary's Glenn

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Argos quarterback Ricky Ray (left) suffered a shoulder injury on this hit from Stampeders defender Charleston Hughes.

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Argos quarterback Ricky Ray (left) suffered a shoulder injury on this hit from Stampeders defender Charleston Hughes.

TORONTO -- It's two points in the standings but it means much more than that to Kevin Glenn and the Calgary Stampeders.

Glenn threw two first-half TD passes before leaving for precautionary reasons as injury-plagued Calgary beat the Toronto Argonauts 35-14 on Friday night in a rematch of last year's Grey Cup game. The Stampeders (6-2) won despite missing veteran slotback Nik Lewis (fractured fibula), receiver Maurice Price (ankle), offensive lineman Dimitri Tsoumpas (concussion) and running back Jon Cornish (thigh contusion).

"It shows a lot about our character and how well we prepare, how we believe in each other," Glenn said. "Your star running back and receiver go down and we still have faith and confidence in the guy who's going to step up and play next.

"We all believe in each other, it's really a good team atmosphere and I think that carries over on the field."

Glenn, starting with incumbent Drew Tate (arm) out, suffered a head injury at 1:06 of the fourth quarter after being taken down by Toronto tackle Khalif Mitchell. Glenn left as per the CFL's concussion protocol but said afterwards he was OK.

"I had a little headache but it's gone and I feel fine," he said. "I remembered the play and everything that happened so it was more so just a precaution.

"This stuff is serious so you have to be cautious when it happens."

Third-stringer Bo Levi Mitchell took over and scored on an 11-yard run at 4:04 to put Calgary ahead 29-14, set up by Jonathan Hefney's 36-yard return of Chad Owens' fumble.

Glenn threw second-quarter TD passes to Marquay McDaniel and Tim Hawthorne to stake Calgary to a 21-14 half-time lead after Toronto (5-3) lost starter Ricky Ray. Ray suffered a shoulder injury at 8:41 of the first and was replaced by sophomore Zach Collaros after being hit by Charleston Hughes.

Ray will be evaluated today.

"It's tough to see your starting quarterback go down but you don't have time to feel for Ricky," Argos coach Scott Milanovich said. "That's the job of the backup quarterback.

"It's never easy to come off the bench with no reps, especially on a short week. Their guy (Mitchell) had to do the same thing."

Ray completed his first five passes before a Rogers Centre gathering of 21,157, including a 19-yard TD strike to Jason Barnes at 5:10 to open the scoring. Ray, who guided Toronto past Calgary 35-22 in the 100th Grey Cup game last November at Rogers Centre, capped an eight-play, 65-yard march set up by Cleyon Laing's recovery of McDaniel's fumble following a 29-yard reception on the game's first offensive play.

Ray returned to Toronto's bench in the third and wasn't wearing a shoulder harness. Ray said afterwards he didn't think he suffered a shoulder separation and was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ray came in having completed 64-of-73 passes (87.7 per cent) for 851 yards and eight touchdowns over his three previous starts. He was the CFL's offensive player of the week after finishing 30-of-35 passing for 413 yards and three TDs in a 36-33 home win over Edmonton on Sunday.

Collaros led Toronto past B.C. 38-12 on July 30 when Ray had a knee injury but couldn't duplicate that feat Friday, finishing 16-of-26 passing for 221 yards and an interception, the Argos first this season.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 24, 2013 C2

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