Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Buckley Has a Hand in Calgary Stampeders' 20-6 Pre-Season Win over B.C. Lions

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Buckley Has a Hand in Calgary Stampeders' 20-6 Pre-Season Win over B.C. Lions

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Stampeders down Lions 20-6 in pre-season game


CALGARY - Andrew Buckley felt right at home in his first professional football game because he was a Canadian university star in the same stadium.

The 21-year-old quarterback, who won the Hec Crighton Award last year playing for his hometown University of Calgary Dinos, started the second quarter of the Calgary Stampeders' pre-season game against the B.C. Lions on Friday.

Buckley marshalled the offence for a pair of third-quarter field goals in the Stampeders' 20-6 win over the visiting Lions at McMahon Stadium.

"I've spent so many hours on this field that it's kind of like a second home to me," Buckley said. "It was good to be able to drive down the field and keep drives going and they eventually ended up in points to help us win. It's cool to contribute that way."

"It was an awesome experience I'll remember for the rest of my life."

Calgary wide receiver Greg Wilson scored the game's lone touchdown on a 24-yard pass from Dominique Davis in the fourth quarter. Davis followed up with a three-yard throw to Charlie Power for the two-point convert.

Wilson also scored the lone touchdown on a 75-yard catch-and-run in Calgary's intra-squad game last Sunday.

"He continues to catch our eye," Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel said of the 24-year-old Californian.

Rene Paredes had field goals from 32 and 28 in the first half, with Tyler Crapigna good from 41 and 28 yards in the second for the defending Grey Cup champions.

Lions kickers Richie Leone and Anthony Fera kicked field goals from 12 and 39 yards respectively in the first half.

Hufnagel gave both veterans and rookies time on the field, while Lions counterpart Jeff Tedford favoured his young players and rookies.

Calgary No. 1 Bo Levi Mitchell and backups Davis, Buckley and Bryant Moniz all saw action, although Mitchell came out after Calgary's opening series in which he threw three passes for 24 yards.

Moniz and Davis played the remainder of the first half with Buckley and Davis rotating through in the second.

Buckley finished 8-for-10 in passing for 72 yards, Davis went 9-for-10 for 75 yards a touchdown throw and Moniz was 5-for-11 for 53 yards. …

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