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November 10, 2019

STAMPS LEAD BOMBERS AT HALF

Reggie Begelton has a pair of touchdowns as the Stampeders lead the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers 14-8 at halftime of the CFL’s Western Semi-Final at McMahon Stadium.

Bo Levi Mitchell is 7-of-13 for 62 yards and one TD, to go along with one pick.

Don Jackson paces the ground game with 24 yards on six carries.

Following a quick four-plays-and-out punt by the Bombers to start the game, Mitchell aired out a bomb to Josh Huff on Calgary’s first play from scrimmage.

Huff was tied up and brought down by Winnipeg defensive back Mike Jones, drawing a flag for pass interference – a 47-yard penalty that set the Red and White sitting on the five-yard line.

After a pair of runs (one yard by Jackson and three yards by Ante Milanovic-Litre), the Stamps decided to go for it on third-and-one from the one-yard line.

Backup pivot Nick Arbuckle, as usual, came in for the short-yardage situation and took the snap and started running to his left before handing it off to a sweeping Begelton, who was heading in the other direction.

Bombers defensive end Jonathan Kongbo briefly got a hand on him and D-lineman Willie Jefferson was a step or two short of cutting him off, the Stamps receiver sprinting in for the major.

The Stamps led 7-0 and had only put up five yards of offence.

Check off the ‘Good Start’ column.

The Stamps were marching down the field and looked poised to add some more points in the final minute of the first quarter, but an interception by Jones on the seven-yard line snuffed out the drive.

Jones appeared to catch the ball at the same time as Huff – a tie goes to the offence – but it was ruled an INT on the field and the CFL command centre upheld the ruling.

Winnipeg got on the board with a two-point safety after Mitchell was penalized for an intentional grounding call in the endzone (no receiver in the area) with 11:57 to play in the half.

On their next possession after the Stamps kick-off, the Bombers went on a six-play, 33-yard  drive, capped off by a 34-yard Justin Medlock field-goal to narrow the gap further to 7-5.

Lorenzo Jerome kickstarted a Stamps run near the three-minute warning, taking a punt and running 53 yards back and going out of bounds at the Winnipeg 42-yard line.

Faced with a third and inches at the Winnipeg 32, they went for it, Arbuckle coming in and pushing it two yards ahead.

On the next play, Mitchell slung a 12-yard pass to Begelton in the middle of the field, the receiver turning and running across the field around the defenders and into the endzone.

Medlock booted a long 52-yarder to round out the scoring.