June 22, 2018

Game Preview: CGY @ TOR

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray (15) passes against the Calgary Stampeders during first half CFL football action in Toronto on Thursday, August 3, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The goal this weekend is simple: stay undefeated.

The Stampeders hit the road to take on the Toronto Argonauts Saturday night at BMO Field in a rematch of last year’s Grey Cup Final.

“It’s the first road game of the season, we’re hoping the guys are comfortable, find their rhythm and stay locked in,” head coach Dave Dickenson said. “Whatever play is called, play the call, try to identify what we see out there and make plays.

“A few years back we struggled playing in Toronto. We made it a focal point to get better and I think that we’ve been playing much better down there lately.”

The Stamps will look to translate that recent success into another victory following their 28-14 win at McMahon Stadium against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week to open the season.

Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 297 yards to go along with a score, while running back Don Jackson sealed the deal with a 44-yard major to end his first CFL game with 87 yards on 12 carries.

Kicker Rene Paredes went a perfect four-for-four on field-goal attempts.

The game was a defensive battle until the fourth quarter when the Stamps offence started to end drives in the endzone.

“The whole team kept fighting the whole game and never gave up,” Paredes said. “It really was a great way to start off our year because I think every game is going to be tight this year.

“Every team is really good and can win on any given night. It’ll be important to use last game as a building block, especially with everyone trying to come out of the gate fast.”

While all the talk around the league is about the Grey Cup rematch, the Stamps have tuned that out.

“It’s a new year and different looking teams on both sides of the field,” said defensive back Patrick Levels. “Everyone has to go out there and show who you are for 2018. 2017 happened, it’s done and over with and there’s nothing we can do about it.

“The only thing we can do is worry about this year and go out there and show what this year’s team is all about.”

“We have to look at it as just another game like any of the other games on the schedule,” Paredes added. “Yeah, they beat us in it last year, but that’s in the past.

“It’s something we aren’t thinking about and only concerned about coming back home 2-0.”