The Stampeders dropped a tough one on the road on Saturday night, as the BC Lions offence overwhelmed Calgary all game long, striking early and often to hand the Stamps a 37-9 setback in Week 10.
With the loss, the Stampeders fell to 3-6 on the season, and the Lions in improve to 7-2.
QB Jake Maier: 17-for-31 for 131 yards
LB Micah Awe: 6 tackles, 1 INT
K Rene Paredes: 3-for-3 FG’s, 107 yards
On the opening drive of the game, middle linebacker Micah Awe lowered the boom with a big hit, setting the tone for his solid defensive game. Awe also picked off a pass late in the second quarter and finished the first half with three tackles, a block and an interception.
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However, the Lions offence came to play on Saturday and wouldn’t be denied as they continued to press up the field on their opening possession. Late in the drive, Lions quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. completed a six-yard toss to Alexander Hollins in the endzone for the touchdown – the third TD of the season for Hollins. 7-0 Lions early.
BC added a Sean Whyte field goal on their next drive to extend the lead to 10-0.
Later, Adams completed three-straight passes to Keon Hatcher to cap off a 79-yard touchdown drive, as the Lions held a 17-0 lead after the first quarter.
Calgary answered back early in the second quarter, when Rene Paredes completed a 46-yard field goal to get the Stampeders on the board. BC responded in-kind on their next possession, with a 30-yard field goal from Whyte to extend the lead to 20-3.
As time ticked down in the half, the Lions blocked a punt attempt deep in the Stamps end, putting Adams Jr. and the BC offence back on the field, with the ball placed deep in the redzone. The drive would result in the third passing touchdown for Adams Jr., following a six-yard completion to Taquan Mizzell, who held onto the ball just long enough to rumble into the house. After the extra point, the Lions lead 27-3 late in the half.
Paredes sent the Stampeders into the locker room on a positive note, at least, kicking a 40-yard field goal.
27-6 Lions at halftime.
The Stamps defence tightened up early in the second half, allowing the offence to work, as Paredes kicked home his third field goal of the game to help the Stampeders chip away at the deficit.
However, BC put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
Adams bumped off coverage and fired a 25-yard strike down the middle to Lucky Whitehead in the endzone for his fourth touchdown pass of the contest, padding the Lions lead to 34-9. They added another field goal in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring, defeating Calgary 37-9.
Up Next: WEEK 11 – The Stampeders host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday August 18, 2023.