Stamps use strong Q4 to rally past Lions

Bakari Grant caught an eight-yard touchdown pass and Rene Parades hit a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter on Friday night to lift the Calgary Stampeders to a 31-21 pre-season victory over the B.C. Lions.

Grant, who is entering his sixth Canadian Football League season and first with the Stampeders, made the catch on a pass from Drew Tate to end the third quarter, giving the visiting team a 21-18 lead over the Lions.

B.C. started the game by efficiently marching down the field before capping the first offensive series of the game with a 21-yard touchdown pass from starting quarterback Jonathon Jennings to a wide open Bryan Burnham.

Jennings finished the first half with 16-of-21 passing for 176 yards and the touchdown before giving way to Travis Lulay to begin the third quarter.

Jennings and receiver Nick Moore, who re-joins the Lions after signing as a free agent in February, connected for five catches and 77 yards on seven targeted passes.

The Stampeders answered back later in the first quarter. Running back Jerome Messam managed to evade linebacker Adam Bighill and rumbled into the end zone on a screen pass from Bo Levi Mitchell.

Mitchell, who started at quarterback for the Stampeders, completed six passes on 12 attempts for 49 yards and a touchdown. Tate entered the game in the second half and completed 10 passes on 13 attempts.

Messam overpowered the B.C. defence in the running game, with 42 yards rushing on just five carries, averaging 8.4 yards per carry.

The Stampeders took an 11-8 lead late in the second quarter on a 52-yard field goal from Paredes.

After missing an earlier attempt from 56 yards out, Richie Leone tied the score for the Lions just before the end of the first half with a 31-yard field goal.

The Lions and Stampeders face each other again in the opening week of the CFL regular season at B.C. Place Stadium on June 25.