July 6, 2019

Stamps Rough Up Riders

It was a game of firsts.

In their first match-up of the season, the Stampeders defeated the Roughriders 37-10 at Mosaic Stadium to improve to 2-1 on the season Saturday night.

For the first time in the regular season, brothers and opposing head coaches Craig Dickenson and Dave Dickenson went head-to-head – the first game of its kind in CFL history.

Running back Ka’Deem Carey recorded his first CFL touchdown.

And last, but definitely not least, quarterback Nick Arbuckle played the first start of his CFL career.

What a start it was: Arbuckle went 19-of-22 and threw for 262 yards.

That included a 76-yard connection with Reggie Begelton, which he ran in for a major with 5:56 remaining in the game to solidify the 27 point victory.

That play put Begelton atop the receivers on the evening, with four receptions for 102 yards. Carey led rushing with 13 carries for 63 yards, while Cory Greenwood recorded eight defensive tackles and Tre Roberson tallied two picks and two tackles.

The Stamps got on the board on their first possession, as Carey dove into the endzone to cap off a fantastic opening drive.

However, the Red & White missed a two-point convert attempt following the major.

The touchdown would be the only scoring drive of the first as the Stampeders defence kept Saskatchewan off the board, sacking Riders quarterback Cody Fajardo twice while they were at it, too.

Rene Paredes opened the second quarter with a field goal to push the Stamps lead to 9-0.

Riders kicker Gabriel Ferraro answered back with one of his own the following drive for the Riders’ first score of the evening.

But, Paredes was quick to restore a nine point Stampeder lead with a 50-yard field goal the next possession.

It didn’t take long to get the ball back after, as Roberson picked his fourth interception of the season less than four minutes later. Paredes would use to extra possession to tack another three points on for the Stamps after a 39-yard field goal.

Red & White Defensive end Chris Casher would record his second sack of the evening two plays later, resulting in a turnover on downs with just over one minute remaining in the half – which finished with the Stamps leading 15-3.

Fajardo tallied the Riders’ first touchdown of the evening to open the third, following a 1-yard touchdown run to reduce the Stamps lead to just five points.

7:21 later, Stamps rookie linebacker Fraser Sopik notched his first CFL sack after taking down Fajardo – leaving the Riders no choice but to punt after one more play.

The Red & White didn’t waste any time once the ball was back in their hands, with Arbuckle and Eric Rogers connecting on a 19-yard endzone strike to cap off a five play drive. Paredes nailed the field goal to end the third with the Stamps leading 21-10.

Roberson followed up with an incredible 48-yard pick six on the first drive of the final frame, While Rogers finished with a two point convert catch.

Ferraro tried to chip away at the Stamps 20 point lead with a field goal attempt with 8:06 remaining, but missed wide left.

Following the late touchdown from Begelton, the Riders threw their third interception of the evening with Stamps rookie defensive back Robertson Daniel notching his first CFL pick.

The Stamps now head to Hamilton to face-off against the Tiger Cats on July 13, kickoff is 5 PM.