August 25, 2023

Stamps Drop Slugfest In Toronto

In what was a back and forth battle, the Stampeders dropped a 39-31 decision to the Argonauts.

Veteran receiver Reggie Begelton had over 200-yards receiving and two touchdowns but it wasn’t quite enough as Calgary falls to 3-8 on the season.


QB Jake Maier – 25-for-42 for 384-yards and four touchdowns

RB Dedrick Mills – eight carries for 46-yards

REC Reggie Begelton – nine receptions for 203-yards and two touchdowns

DB Kobe Williams – three tackles, one interception, one knockdown

Toronto Argonauts defensive back Adarius Pickett (6) tackles Calgary Stampeders running back LeVante Bellamy (34) during first half CFL football action in Toronto on Friday, August 25, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The Argonauts looked as though they were poised for a major on their first drive of the game getting within the 10-yardline with just two plays. However, Chad Kelly was picked off in the endzone by Stamps DB Nick Taylor to keep the game scoreless.

After Toronto’s third straight drive with quality field position they found the endzone thanks to four straight plays that involved Andrew Harris. The score was 7-0 Argonauts with just over five-minutes to go in the first-quarter.

Calgary got over mid-field on their next drive however, the drive would stall after two first-downs and the Stampeders had to punt the ball away.

Toronto found the endzone again late in the first quarter to make the score 14-0 after one.

The Red and White got things going in the second-quarter as Maier found Marken Michel open over the middle for a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown to make the score 14-7.

Kobe Williams intercepted Kelly on the next Argonaut drive giving Calgary great field-position. They were able to get the ball in the endzone shortly after as Maier found York Lion alum Luther Hakunavanhu on a short pass and he did the rest to make the score 14-14 with just over four-minutes remaining in the half.

The Boatmen responded with a field-goal to make the score 17-14.

The Stamps found the endzone again as Maier hit Reggie Begelton over the middle and he trotted over the goal line for his first major of the season to make the score 21-17.

The Double Blue only needed a few plays to counter as Kelly found a receiver for a long pass into the endzone and the Argonauts led again 24-21 heading into halftime.

Calgary wasted no time getting in the endzone to start the second-half as Maier found Begelton deep for his second touchdown reception of the night. The score was 28-24.

The shootout continued as the Argonauts ran a flea-flicker to perfection as they scored a major once again to make the score 31-28.

Begelton was close to another beautiful touchdown catch but it rolled out at the last second and the Stampeders were forced to kick a field-goal to tie the game 31-31 heading into the final frame.

Toronto regained the lead halfway through the final quarter as they returned a punt for a touchdown to make the score 38-31.

The Stampeders were unable to gain the yards necessary on a third-down attempt late in the game and the Argonauts were able to run out the rest of the clock to pick up the 39-31 win.


The Stamps return home to host the Edmonton Elks Monday Sept. 4 for the Labour Day Classic.