September 4, 2023

Call It A Classic

Comeback, complete.

The Stampeders found themselves down 28-13 heading into the final quarter of the annual Labour Day Classic before rallying for three touchdowns in a come from behind 35-31 win at McMahon.

Calgary moves to 4-8 with the win while the Elks drop to 2-10.


QB Jake Maier – 27-for-34 for 315-yards and one rushing touchdown

RB Ka’Deem Carey – nine rushes for 55-yards

REC Marken Michel – four receptions for 95-yards

MLB Micah Awe – Eight tackles

Calgary came hot out of the gates for the LDC as Maier found veteran receiver Marken Michel on the second play of the game for 53-yards down to the Edmonton 33-yardline. The completion led to a 15-yard field-goal to get the Stamps on the board 3-0.

The Stamps added a rouge to their score on the next drive as Cody Grace booted a ball 65-yards into the endzone to make the score 4-0.

The Elks found the endzone just before the end of the quarter after a 40-yards Tre Ford run was capped off with a one yard QB sneak. The score heading into the second-quarter was 7-4 Edmonton.

Tommylee Lewis got the ball to the Elks 34-yardline on a punt return setting up a 24-yard field-goal to even the score up 7-7.

The Elks added a single-point off a punt through the endzone halfway through the second-quarter to make the score 8-7 Edmonton.

Edmonton intercepted Maier on the next drive leading to another field-goal to putting the score at 11-7 Elks with just over three-minutes to go in the half.

Edmonton used a trick play to extend the lead as receiver Kyran Moore threw the ball for a touchdown after receiving a handoff. The score was 18-7 with under one-minute to go in the half.

The Stamps got the ball into field-goal range and Paredes hit from 48-yards away with no time on the clock to make the score 18-10 Elks going into halftime.

The Elks got the ball to start the second-half and moved into field-goal range largely with their ground game. They tacked on three more points to make the score 21-10.

Maier and the Stampeders offence moved the ball quickly down the field but took a unnecessary roughness penalty inside the Elks 10-yardline to force an eventual field-goal. Paredes hit from 32-yardline to making it 21-13.

Ford ran his way down the field on the Elks next drive clearing 100-yards rushing and helping the Elks put up another touchdown to make the score 28-13 after three quarters.

The Stampeders countered with a touchdown of their own as Jake Maier led a strong drive and capped it off with a five-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-20 Elks with just under 10-minutes to go in the game.

Calgary couldn’t come up with a defensive stop on the next drive as the Elks got into field-goal range to make the score 31-20 with 5:25 remaining.

The Stamps were able to move the ball down the field again on a drive with just over three-minutes to go and quarterback Tommy Stevens dove over the pile from the one-yardline. Calgary added a two-point convert to make the score 31-28 Elks with 2:50 to go.

The Stampeders defence forced a two-and-out and got the ball back at their own 24-yardline with 2:23 remaining in the game.

Maier found Begelton for 25-yards down to the Elks 47-yardline and then hit  Markeith Ambles inside the five-yardline. Dedrick Mills finished off the drive as he rumbled into the endzone to make the score 35-31 with 20-seconds to go.

The Elks were unable to do anything with their two remaining plays and the Stamps held on to win the Labour Day Classic 35-31.


The rematch between the Stampeders and Elks happens in Edmonton Saturday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.