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August 7, 2018

STAMPS STAY PERFECT

They’re undeniable.

The Stampeders are now 7-0 after downing the lions 27-18 in front of 25,075 fans at McMahon Stadium Saturday night CFL action.

“The goal was not to be undefeated by week seven, but it feels great,” said Bo Levi Mitchell. “It feels good to be in this position, knowing the guys didn’t relax and get complacent going into a bye week, we definitely feel good.”

Mitchell went 19-for-31 And threw for 370 yards, Kamar Jorden led receiving with 185 yards, and Ja’Gared Davis topped Stamps defenders in tackles at seven.

The Lions got on the board first, with a 40-yard field goal from kicker Ty Long.

But the Stamps didn’t take long to answer back. On their first drive of the tilt, Mitchell connected with Kamar Jorden for a 53-yard touchdown, taking a 7-3 lead in first frame.

“I thought Bo was super sharp, him and KJ (Jorden) had something going on,” said head coach Dave Dickenson.

“KJ was unstoppable tonight,” agreed Mitchell. “That guy made some plays, all the way down the field, behind the line of scrimmage – great blocks all game. He’s the player of the game for me.

“I want to give credit to who the guy is, he’s big, he’s athletic, and he’s fast.”

The Red & White tacked on a few more in the second, with 7:35 remaining Rene Paredes nailed a 44-yard field goal.

On the following drive, Nick Arbuckle would run to the endzone for his second rushing touchdown of the year. An extra point from Paredes would close scoring in the first half.

“We’ve been able to trust that guy all year,” said Mitchell. “He’s not the biggest guy in the world, but he’s fearless, puts his head down, runs…that’s the guy he is, he puts in work.”

The Lions opened up the second with a good scoring opportunity following a 57-yard return from Travon Van. But the rock-solid Red & White defence would stop three redzone plays from the visitors – resulting in a turnover on downs.

Shortly after, Stamps kicker Rob Maver tallied a single with a 57-yard punt.

Then, after being held scoreless for nearly forty minutes, Lions running back Jerimiah Johnson notched a major after a 5-yard rush. Long added the extra point to make it 18-10.

An offside call against the Lions defence would put the Stampeders at the 1-yard line to open the fourth quarter. Arbuckle took the opportunity to score his second touchdown of the game.

“I have go to give Nick credit right now,” said Dickenson. “We were concerned about our short yardage package, we ran a bunch of different types of plays.

“Basically we just needed that last one to win the game. Conservatively I may not have went for it, but I had confidence in Nick and our big boys up front.

“We had been winning that battle, and it’s a lot to do with the push. But also Nick just jamming up in there, he’s doing a great job.”

The Stamps then picked up two points on the safety the next drive.

With 4:34 remaining, Brian Burnham scored another touchdown for the Lions. Long followed up with a good convert, and a single on his punt. But it wouldn’t matter, as the Stamps would walk away undefeated in the end.

The Stamps now head into a bye-week before travelling to Regina to take on the Roughriders.

“We’re in a good positon, but we haven’t accomplished anything yet,” Dickenson said.

“There’s so many tough games coming up, we just need to take a deep breath, see where we need to get better.

“Hopefully we feel fresh because we’re in for it. These next few games are really going to have a big impact on where we finish in the season.”

“(7-0) is the best you can be,” said Mitchell. “But you can’t get to satisfactory about it, everybody out
there is gunning for us.”