Stamps win, but run­ning back Mes­sam doubt­ful af­ter Li­ons line­backer head­butts him

Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS - DANIEL AUSTIN Last night’s game at a glance IN­DI­VID­UAL LEAD­ERS daustin@post­media.com

CAL­GARY — Ref­er­ees miss calls, it’s part of life in the CFL and pro­fes­sional sports world in gen­eral.

But let’s be real, there was no ex­cuse for Satur­day night’s of­fi­ci­at­ing crew at McMa­hon Sta­dium miss­ing B.C. Li­ons line­backer Micah Awe’s head­butt to the back of Jerome Mes­sam’s head.

The Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers run­ning back was al­ready drop­ping to the ground af­ter a third-quar­ter run at mid­field when Awe launched him­self hel­met-first into the back of Mes­sam’s head.

It was vis­i­ble from the McMa­hon Sta­dium, which is a good 300 feet from where the play took place. How the field-level of­fi­ci­at­ing crew missed it is baf­fling.

They don’t get much more ob­vi­ous than this.

Mes­sam stayed on the field for sev­eral min­utes af­ter the play and then went to the Stam­ped­ers dress­ing room. The team an­nounced he was doubt­ful to re­turn.

The hit was ex­actly the sort of thing the CFL has been try­ing to re­move from the game.

At the very least, it should have been a 15-yard un­nec­es­sary rough­ness penalty, and there’s an ar­gu­ment to be made that it should have re­ceived an ex­ces­sive ob­jec­tion­able con­duct or rough play penalty, which would have re­sulted in a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Awe.

In­stead, the Li­ons weren’t pe­nal­ized. The Stam­ped­ers lost their league-lead­ing rusher, and if Mes­sam is con­cussed they could be with­out him for a while.

Com­mis­sioner Randy Am­brosie and the rest of the folks at the CFL head of­fice must step in this week and en­sure that Awe’s dirty hit does not go un­pun­ished.

DIF­FER­ENT LEVEL

We’re go­ing to need to come up with a new way of de­scrib­ing the beast that Alex Sin­gle­ton has become this sea­son.

For­tu­nately, the folks at the CFL helped make it a lit­tle eas­ier when they dug up a cou­ple new stats to help quan­tify Sin­gle­ton’s great­ness.

On Satur­day, Sin­gle­ton be­came the first player in CFL his­tory to record 10 tack­les in three con­sec­u­tive games. Sin­gle­ton and the Li­ons’ Solomon Elim­imian both en­tered the game tied for the CFL lead with 80 tack­les, but Sin­gle­ton had taken the league-lead with the 11 tack­les he recorded Satur­day. Elim­imian had seven.

MAKE LIFE HELL

Even the most hard­core Stam­ped­ers fans must have felt a lit­tle bit bad for Li­ons QB Jonathon Jen­nings dur­ing Satur­day’s first half.

The guy just couldn’t catch a break, and the Stam­ped­ers de­fen­sive line seemed to be de­light­ing in de­mol­ish­ing Jen­nings ev­ery chance they got.

The Stamps sacked Jen­nings four times, with Sin­gle­ton, Ja’Gared Davis, Micah John­son and James Vaugh­ters all get­ting in on the ac­tion, but the Li­ons QB was un­der con­stant pres­sure and had to leave the game tem­po­rar­ily be­fore half­time.

Jen­nings did a bet­ter job of keep­ing him­self out of harm’s way in the se­cond half – or maybe his o-line did a bet­ter job of pro­tect­ing him, it’s one or the other — but he’ll be ic­ing some bruises this week.

NOTES

So maybe all that hand­wring­ing over Rene Pare­des’ form was a lit­tle on the ridicu­lous side. Pare­des hadn’t Mitchell Jen­nings Michel Begel­ton Burn­ham Rainey Mes­sam John­son 15-29 167 0-3 16-31 240 2-0 5 4 3 5 7 9 95 50 54 26 40 52 1 1 0 0 0 0 been per­fect over the past cou­ple weeks, but looked aw­fully good Satur­day, go­ing 4-for-4 on field goals… Rob Maver has wheels, who knew? The Stamps punter was forced to take off down­field af­ter get­ting pres­sured while at­tempt­ing to kick the ball, and did re­mark­ably well to pick up 24 yards and ex­tend a late Stam­ped­ers drive. Maver made it out of bounds and just kept on run­ning, only for his own team­mate Pa­trick Lev­els to even­tu­ally take him down ... Roy Finch took a beat­ing Satur­day. A late hit by the Li­ons’ An­thony Jack­son had him down on the ground in the fourth quar­ter af­ter a 66-yard re­turn, and he was hit hard while on the of­fen­sive side of the ball, as well.

GAVIN YOUNG/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

Stamps Jerome Mes­sam had a great game un­til he was on the busi­ness end of a dirty B.C. hit.

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