July 6, 2019


Calgary Stampeders vs Saskatchewan Roughriders
Mosaic Stadium
Saturday, July 6
8 p.m. kickoff
Radio: 770 CHQR

One of the most storied rivalries in the CFL is back.

And despite big roster changes on both sides of the field, the competitiveness will no doubt remain the same.

This Saturday the Stampeders travel to Mosaic Field in Regina to face-off against the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the first time in the 2019 season.

The Red & White are coming off of a huge comeback victory at McMahon Stadium on June 29, defeating the BC Lions 36-32. After trailing by 21 at one point in the game, the Stamps outscored the Lions 23-10 in the fourth quarter to get their first win of the 2019 campaign, improving to 1-1 on the year.

Backup quarterback Nick Arbuckle played an integral role in the comeback against the Lions, after Bo Levi Mitchell exited the game with an upper-body injury in the fourth quarter.

Arbuckle went nine-for-nine, threw for 93 yards and orchestrated two touchdowns in just 2:42 to help secure the Red & White’s victory.

While it’s unclear who will start at quarterback come Saturday, head coach Dave Dickenson is confident in whoever is under center.

“Right now, I need some information before I can play him (Mitchell), and I’m just not there. But I certainly hope I can get that information,” said Dickenson.

“Arbuckle knows what he’s doing. He’s never had to deal with the crowd noise and being on the road, but it’s not like he hasn’t played in big games in college … I think Nick will handle that fine – it’s just the challenge of going up against a great defence.

“I’m hoping whoever plays can control the clock, can move the football, there will be times when we’re going to have to make some big plays and hopefully the guy at quarterback can do it.”

The 1-2 Riders head into the game following a convincing 32-7 victory over the Toronto Argonauts on July 1 – their first win of the season.

With both the Stamps and Riders desperate to stay in the win column, this weekend’s game will likely come down to the fine details.

“It’s going to be a physical game, we need to be locked into the game plan,” said receivers coach Pete Costanza.

“It’s going to be attention to detail, focus and going out and playing one play at a time.”