October 22, 2016

About last night …

Receiver DaVaris Daniels on October 21, 2016 (Photo by David Moll)

Here’s a closer look at Friday’s home-field win over the Toronto Argonauts:

By the numbers

There was a numerical poetry to Friday’s contest.

As fan Carl Scott noted on the Stamps’ Facebook page, the home side collected 31 yards on the first play from scrimmage thanks to a Jerome Messam dash.

The Stamps finished the night with 31 points.

And the win gave them 31 points in the standings this season.

“Thanks, Mylan,” is how Carl concludes the post.

The 31 standings points are the best single-season total in franchise history, surpassing the 30 the Stamps earned in four 15-3 seasons, most recently in 2014.

Home is where the wins are

For the third time in team history, the Stamps won all nine regular-season contests at McMahon Stadium.

Matching a feat previously accomplished by Wally Buono’s teams in 1993 and 1994, the Stamps turned away all eight visitors this season (Winnipeg made two trips to Calgary this season and the other seven teams each came once).

A couple of games were close — the Stamps had to rally from a late 15-point deficit to beat BC 44-41 in overtime on July 29 and the Red and White needed a 52-yard field goal on the final play of the game to get past the Blue Bombers 36-34 on Sept. 24.

A few contests were less competitive including a 21-point decision over the Edmonton Eskimos during the Labour Day Classic and a 48-23 crushing of the Ottawa RedBlacks on Sept. 17.

All told, the Stamps outscored opponents 327-204 in their nine home-field wins.

Calgary scored at least 30 points in eight of the nine McMahon dates and kept the opposition to 24 points or fewer on seven occasions.

Since the start of the 2012 season, Calgary is 39-6 on home turf in the regular season.

What a difference

With 578 points scored and one game left on the docket, the Stamps have a crack at their first 600-point season since 2010.

With 352 points allowed to date, Calgary is bidding for a third straight year under 400.

The 226-point difference in points scored and points given up is easily the best in the CFL — the Blue Bombers and Lions are a distant second at plus-43 heading into Saturday’s action.

Calgary is looking to become the first CFL team since the 2009 Montreal Alouettes to finish the season with at least 200 more points scored that surrendered.

Triple threats

Bo Levi Mitchell leads the CFL with 32 passing toucdowns (not to mention 5,385 pasisng yards).

Jerome Messam leads the CFL with 11 rushing majors (and also 1,162 rushing yards).

And despite playing just 10 games, DaVaris Daniels (nine TDs) is just one receiving touchdown back of the league leader.

The two-touchdown performance on Friday was Daniels’ third of the season and he’s averaging a nifty 18.4 yards gained on his 47 catches.

Meanwhile, Messam took a stranglehold on the CFL rushing title by racking up 111 yards on just 10 carries against the Boatmen.

Messam now holds a 270-yard lead over Toronto’s Brandon Whitaker. Although Winnipeg’s Andrew Harris is 346 yards behind Messam, he remains a potential threat because the Blue Bombers have two games remaining compared to just one each for the top runners on the list.

Messam is trying to become the 10th different Stamps player to be the league’s No. 1 ground gainer since full stats started being kept nation-wide in 1954

The nine Calgary rushing kings to date are Jon Cornish (2012, 2013, 2014), Joffrey Reynolds (2008, 2009), Gary Allen (1986), James Sykes (1980, 1981), Willie Burden (1975), Hugh McKinnis (1970), Lovell Coleman (1963, 1964), Earl Lunsford (1961) and Howard Waugh (1954).

Here’s more coverage from Friday’s game:


Game story
Locker-Room Blog: Max Caron
Messam train on track
Ciante shines

Stamps TV

Post-game wrap-up
Game balls
Moments from the Tackle Hunger game
Rocky Mountain Equipment Dependable Play of the Game


Action photos
Fan photos
Jerseys Off Our Backs, presented by Safeway and Sobeys
Purolator Tackle Hunger