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September 9, 2021

Stamps Look To Settle Score With Elks

Edmonton Elks vs Calgary Stampeders
Commonwealth Stadium
Monday, Sept. 11
5 p.m. MDT kickoff
TV: TSN
Radio: 770 CHQR

The Calgary Stampeders are seeking a split in their annual Labour Day week series against their provincial rivals when they travel to Edmonton on Saturday to face the Elks. Kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium is at 5 p.m.

It’s the first of back-to-back road games for the Stamps, who will travel to Hamilton next week before a Week 8 bye.

The Stamps fell to 1-4 with a 32-20 loss to the Elks in front of 31,039 fans at McMahon Stadium on Monday. Calgary has dropped two straight games while the Elks have posted consecutive victories to even their season record to 2-2.

Jake Maier threw for 328 yards in a losing cause for the Stamps, the third consecutive game at the start of his young career he has cracked the 300-yard milestone. Calgary, however, allowed 480 net yards of offence including 398 through the air.

Edmonton boasts the CFL’s leading passer (Trevor Harris) and rusher (James Wilder Jr.) through the season’s first five weeks while Calgary’s Josh Huff tops the league with 374 receiving yards.

The Stampeders are 0-3 against West Division opponents so far in 2021 and 0-1 on the road. The Elks are 2-0 against the West and 0-2 on home field.

In every season but one since 1989, Calgary and Edmonton have played a home-and-home series that features a game at McMahon on Labour Day and a return engagement at Commonwealth later in the week. In the 30 previous home-and-home series, the Stampeders have swept 11 times, Edmonton has five sweeps and the meetings have been split on 14 occasions. Of the 14 splits, nine featured each side winning its home game while there are five instances of the road team winning both contests.