June 10, 2017

Red and White face Green and Gold

Defensive back Brandon Smith during the 2016 Labour Day rematch (Photo by David Moll)

Calgary Stampeders at Edmonton Eskimos
Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium
Sunday, June 11
5 p.m.
News Talk 770

The Calgary Stampeders will take to the turf for the second time in six days when they close out their pre-season schedule on Sunday in Edmonton. Catch the Sunday-evening action on TSN starting at 5 p.m. MT from The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.

On Tuesday night at McMahon Stadium, the Stamps defeated the visiting BC Lions by a score of 23-18. Meanwhile, the Esks are about to make their first appearance in 2017.

Against BC, nine different Stamps had at least one reception and four potential returners fielded a minimum of one punt.

Projected starters for the Red and White will have the opportunity to see some action after many were held out of Tuesday’s victory over the Leos. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell is expected to be under centre for the majority of the first half and the likes of Charleston Hughes, Marquay McDaniel, Jerome Messam and Alex Singleton will also be making their debuts this year.

“I’m looking forward to Sunday,” said Mitchell. “I’m ready for it to get here and I’ve been talking to the guys getting hyped up and we’re ready to go. We’ll try not to get too hyped too early and you don’t want to come out there and overshoot your guns. We’re going to go out there and just be smart and be smart with the football and make sure we’re moving it. (We want to) have a good offence, move the chains and hopefully put up a lot of points.”

While a win is always nice, head coach Dave Dickenson has some additional objectives for Sunday’s clash in advance of the league-mandated deadline for teams to finalize their 46-man rosters on Saturday, June 17.

“I’m not worried about anything more than executing our jobs, being sharp, looking like we’re a well-coached team, (being) organized, and (keeping) penalties down,” Dickenson listed off. “Those are the things I’m looking for.”

In their five most recent pre-season duels, Calgary has defeated its provincial rival on four occasions.

The Stampeders and Eskimos met two times during the 2016 regular season and the Stampeders won both matchups – the Labour Day Classic at McMahon as well as the subsequent rematch at Commonwealth later that same week.

Once this year’s slate of matchups have points in the standings at stake, the Alberta rivals will square off in the annual early-September home-and-home series before a third showdown taking place on Saturday, Oct. 28 back in Edmonton.

A visit to the Nation’s Capital will kick off the Stamps’ regular season on Friday, June 23. The Esks will close out their pre-season schedule in Winnipeg on Thursday before a Week 1 date in Vancouver on Saturday, June 24.