October 21, 2017

About Last Night…

James Vaughters and Derek Wiggan during a game on Oct. 22, 2017 (Photo by David Moll)

Here’s a closer look at Friday night’s home-field loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders:

Streaks busted

A number of lengthy runs of success were halted on Friday night.

Snapped were an 11-game overall winning streak, a 17-game roll at McMahon, a 10-game string of wins against Saskatchewan and a stretch of 16 consecutive victories against West Division opponents.

The 23-point loss was the Stamps’ most lopsided since a 26-point setback – 34-8 – against the BC Lions on Aug. 9, 2012.

Looking to bounce back

Friday’s result puts in jeopardy the Stamps’ record-setting run without suffering back-to-back losses.

Next week in Edmonton, Calgary will be trying to avoid its first consecutive defeats since Weeks 2 and 3 of the 2012 season, a period that covers 103 regular-season games.

Since July 12, 2012, the Stamps are 17-0-1 after a loss and have outscored opponents by an average score of 30-16.

Record breaker

Alex Singleton racked up seven tackles against the Roughriders to boost the linebacker’s season total to 115, a new league record for Canadian players.

The previous mark of 113 had been held by Kevin Eiben, who established the standard with the Toronto Argonauts in 2005.

Singleton needs just two more tackles to break the Stampeders record of 116 held by George White.

Nifty fifty

Most of Calgary’s offence on Friday was provided by Rene Paredes, who connected on field goals of 26 and 48 yards.

The kicks gave Paredes 50 three-pointers for the season, marking the third time in his career he has reached that milestone in a season.

A Stamps kicker has kicked at least 50 field goals in a season seven times in franchise history. Besides Paredes’ three instances, Mark McLoughlin and Sandro DeAngelis each accomplished the feat twice.

Paredes has been successful on 24 of his 25 most recent field-goal tries and his career conversion rate of 86.8 per cent is tops in CFL history, just ahead of Winnipeg’s Justin Medlock at 86.1 per cent.

Sack attack

Charleston Hughes picked up his 97th career sack on Friday as he continues his chase of Will Johnson for the Stamps’ career record in that department. Johnson had 99 sacks as a member of the Red and White.

In addition to Hughes, Ja’Gared Davis and Micah Johnson also got to a Saskatchewan quarterback on Friday and all three of the Stamps’ defensive linemen share the league lead along with Toronto’s Victor Butler at nine sacks heading into Saturday’s action.

Hughes is bidding for the third league sack title of his career while Johnson is trying to become the first defensive tackle to earn at least a share of the CFL sack crown since Saskatchewan’s James Curry in 1989.