CALGARY – Winners of four-straight, headlined by a massive 42-27 decision over the Roughriders on Friday night, the Calgary Stampeders are playing some excellent football.
And a major part of their recent success has been the play of receiver Nik Lewis.
Lewis, 31, has been the target of choice for whoever is under centre for the Stamps this season. Through six games, the 10-year veteran has hauled in 31 passes for 381 yards, good enough for fourth best in the West Division and eighth overall.
What’s more impressive, however, is Lewis’ remarkable streak of 163-straight games with at least one reception. To put the streak into perspective, Lewis has caught one pass in every single game he’s played in his career, making it the third longest streak of all-time.
“It’s good; it’s a record of consistency. I train a lot of kids and I tell them that the difference between any players is consistency so if you can go out and consistently be good then you will get results,” he told Stampeders.com after the game.
“I am glad I can go out and show them, not just tell them.”
In Calgary’s Week 7 win over Saskatchewan, Lewis was his old, dominant self, bringing down seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, Lewis’ aforementioned dominance was on full display, as he grabbed three-straight passes from Kevin Glenn, the third of which resulted in a touchdown that knocked the wind of Saskatchewan’s comeback sails.
“I was on the sideline with (Kevin Glenn) telling him to let me get involved because I wanted to be involved in offence,” said Lewis.
“I only got the ball on three drives this whole game so I’d like to be more involved but it’s just the flow of the game and the game flowed that way tonight. When I had the chance to make the play I made plays.”
Following Friday’s action, a lot of the talk centered around October 26, which is the next time the Riders and Stamps will meet on the gridiron.
While it’s likely that the game will have some sort of playoff implications attached to it, making it an easy tilt to look forward to, Lewis remains focused on the present, refusing to look any further than Calgary’s upcoming Week 8 matchup against the Lions.
“I don’t even care about October 26, I care about next Saturday night in BC. My focus has changed to that. We beat Saskatchewan, it was a great win. We will go out and celebrate and then on to BC,” he said.
Lewis wasn’t the only Stampeder turning heads on Friday. While he was busy plucking passes out of the air, his teammate Jon Cornish was busy making life difficult for the Roughriders on the ground.
Once the final whistle blew, Cornish had amassed 175 rushing yards and four touchdowns, outdueling his Saskatchewan rival Kory Sheets, who collected an impressive 133 yards of his own.
Glenn, who enjoyed a solid night under centre, said that sometimes you just have to let the hot hand ride.
“When you got a guy like (Cornish) running the ball it’s sometimes easy for a quarterback, he’s phenomenal,”
“I go back to playing with Charles Roberts and sometimes when you hand that ball off you just become a fan. The guy just gets out of sticky situations and ends up, like that last run, ends up making a small gain into a big gain.”
Cornish, meanwhile, was simply happy the Stamps were able to even their season series against their division rivals.
“We talked about (our previous game against them) and the guys took it to heart and they came out really strong. We weathered the storm and in the fourth quarter we sort of returned to what we had been doing in the first half. That’s how we won.”
- With files from Stampeders.com