June 8, 2023

Late Push Not Enough

The Stampeders late push wasn’t enough as they fell to the BC Lions 25-15 on Thursday night at McMahon Stadium.

Stat Pack: 

Jake Maier: 19-of-35 for 160 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

Ka’Deem Carey: 7 rushes for 42 yards.

Tre Odoms-Dukes: 7 receptions for 75-yards and 1 touchdown.

Cam Judge: 4 tackles, 1 interception.

Rene Paredes: three-for-five on field-goal attempts.

First downs in the game were 26-15 for the Lions while the Stampeders managed to convert nine of their 21 second-down opportunities.

The Stamps started with a big return to open the CFL season as Peyton Logan returned the ball 43-yards on the first play of the game. Calgary was unable to take advantage as they missed a 52-yard field-goal to end the drive.

The Lions put together a perfect opening drive going the length of the field and putting up seven to lead 7-0.

That was the score following the first quarter.

The Lions were quick to add to their lead in the second as they found the back of the endzone once again, missing the extra point. It was 13-0 with 11:49 left in the second-quarter.

Calgary got on the board thanks to a big play from Judge. He picked off Vernon Adams Jr near mid-field and returned it all the way to the Lions 15-yardline leading to a Paredes field-goal. The score was 13-3.

Both teams would hold tight as 13-3 was the score heading into the break.

After a Lions rouge, Maier threw an interception that was negated by the Lions attempting a lateral on the return and fumbling. The Stamps would add a field-goal with their second chance to make the score 14-6 heading into the final quarter.

VA ran the ball into the endzone early in the fourth and they added a single on the kickoff to make it 22-6 for BC.

The Stamps found the endzone on third-and-goal with six-minutes left in the final quarter as Maier found Odoms-Dukes in the endzone. Calgary missed the two-point conversion to make the score 22-12.

Paredes hit his third field-goal of the night with 2:45 to go to make the score 22-15.

The Lions would pick up a pair of first-downs and push through one more field-goal to make the final score 25-15.

Next Up: 

Calgary looks to get into the win column next Thursday, June 15 when they head to Ottawa to take on the Redblacks at 5:30 p.m.

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