September 15, 2018

Stamps Rebound In Hamilton

Calgary's Marken Michel celebrates his touchdown with Lemar Durant during second quarter CFL actionbetween the Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Hamilton, Ontario on Saturday, September 15, 2018. (CFL PHOTO - Geoff Robins)

That. Was. Crazy.

The Stampeders improved to 10-2 after downing the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 43-28 at Tim Hortons Field Saturday, earning their 14th straight win over the eastern squad.

Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 270 yards in the victory, Reggie Begelton led all receivers with five receptions for 150 yards, and Jameer Thurman had three tackles and two sacks in the victory.

It was an odd, but exciting ball game, as the Stampeders battled back from an early deficit with some unusual plays, game-changing turnovers, and an explosive second half.

“Both teams didn’t execute at the level they wanted to,” said head coach Dave Dickenson. “But you could see the big play capabilities of both teams. It was a war, the fight, the physicality out there, big time.

“We had them a little bit confused sometimes, we ran some different stuff.

“Credit to our coaching staff, but the guys executed it, there was patience. We did bring the house sometimes, we rushed three, we were able to tackle, I thought we were ball hawks in the back end – all the secondary made plays.”

The lone score of a quiet first quarter was by the Ti-Cats, as Larry Dean got a pick-six after returning an interception 60 yards to the house with 3:35 remaining.

A field-goal from Lirim Hajrullahu to open the second quarter would give Hamilton an early double digit lead at 10-0.

Then, things got interesting as the flood gates opened.

The Stamps got on the board after breaking out an unorthodox flea-flicker play, as Marken Michel threw a 36-yard completion to Juwan Brescacin. On the next play, a 14-yard endzone pass from Mitchell to Michel would seal the deal.

“I think at that point in the game Marken had more pass yards than I did,” joked Mitchell. “Bresc made a huge catch and it was his first 100-yard game so congrats to the big man.”

To make the play even more incredible, it had only been previously practiced with DaVaris Daniels – who left the game after a first-quarter injury.

“Today, for some reason, I felt like I was going to have to have an impact on the game,” Brescacin explained. “I didn’t want it to be DaVaris going down, but that happened and I tried to make the most of my opportunities.”

The Ti-Cats answered back immediately, as Shakeir Ryan would return the following punt 104 yards for the major. Hajrullahu missed the extra point.

The Stamps would put up another six just over two minutes later.

After Thurman forced a fumble on a punt-return from Ryan, Tunde Adeleke would recover the ball and run 20 yards for a special teams touchdown.

An interception from Emanuel Davis would give the Stamps possession once again with 5:15 remaining, where Paredes would cap off the five-play drive with a field-goal to make it 17-16 Stampeders.

Another field-goal from Hajrullahu with less than a minute remaining would give Hamilton the lead – but not for long.

With just three seconds left, Paredes booted another three-pointer to give the Red & White a one-point buffer heading into the second half.

Once again, a turnover ended with a touchdown 3:52 into the third. Delvin Breaux Sr. would return a fumble off a Stamps quarterback sneak 31-yards to the endzone. An unsuccessful two-point convert left the score 25-20 Ti-Cats.

Three drives later the Red & White’s special teams had another big play, as Terry Williams returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown. The Stamps would miss another two-point attempt.

With just under four minutes remaining in the third, Begelton got another Stamps touchdown, taking a 99-yard pass from Mitchell to the endzone. He then caught a two-point convert to make it 34-25.

Hajrullahu would another three, too, with 7:09 remaining.

Romar Morris would put the cherry on top for the Red & White with less than a minute left in the tilt, closing out a 12-play drive with another touchdown.

The Stampeders now head into a bye-week before taking on the Toronto Argonauts on Sept. 28 at McMahon Stadium.

“We played the way we played and still scored 43 points, so imagine if we play the way we should be playing,” said Mitchell. “Hopefully we all take a look at that.”