Calgary Stampeders hold off Hamilton Tiger-Cats in potential Grey Cup preview

September 16, 2018 1:01 AM

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Hamilton’s Dean, rookie returner Shakeir Ryan and defensive back Delvin Breaux Sr. scored for the Ticats, who failed to record an offensive touchdown.

Calgary kicker Rene Paredes was 3 for 3, hitting from 13 and 24 yards twice.

Hamilton kicker Lirim Hajrullahu missed a 43-yard attempt on the Ticats’ first drive of the game, but hit from 37, 28, and 13 yards. He also missed a convert.

Mitchell was good on 17 of 30 pass attempts for 270 yards, two TDs and one interception.

Hamilton quarterback Jeremiah Masoli completed 23 of 37 pass attempts for 210 yards with two interceptions and no touchdown passes.

Morris had 16 rushes for 98 yards for the Stamps and the one TD. Begelton had five catches for 150 yards and the TD, and Juwan Brescacin added 109 yards on five catches.

“To be honest it was sloppy,” said Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson about the game. “I think both teams didn’t execute at the level they wanted to. But you could also see the big-play capability of both teams. It was a war … the fight and the physicality out there, big time … I thought we made some great half time adjustments and found some ways to get in the end zone.”

Hamilton led 25-20 midway through the third when Calgary broke through with Williams’ 83-yard punt return for a touchdown and Mitchell’s 99-yard TD toss to Begelton that was the team’s longest play from scrimmage this season. That gave Calgary the 34-25 lead, after missing one two-point convert and making the next, and they never looked back.

Hamilton was without the CFL’s second-leading receiver Brandon Banks, who had been nursing a groin injury this week and was a game-time scratch.

“It’s a long season,” said Hamilton head coach June Jones. “I told our kids our goal is to win the Eastern (Division) and get a bye in that first week. It’s a long season and if he had gone and tore something then he’s out for the year. That’s the decision we had to make, and we made it.”

The Ticats are also missing CFL top-10 receiver Jalen Saunders and Chris Williams to injury. Calgary was without top receiver Kamar Jorden (third in the CFL) and Eric Rogers.

Stampeders receiver DaVaris Daniels left the game in the second quarter with an upper body injury.

Calgary recovered from a 10-0 deficit to take a 20-19 halftime lead, scoring all 20 points in the second quarter on two field goals, a 13-yard TD strike to Michel and Adeleke’s 20-yard TD return of a punt-return fumble by Hamilton’s Ryan, who was playing in his first CFL game.

Hamilton’s points came on Dean’s pick-six in the first quarter, the first of his career and the first for Hamilton this season, two field goals and a 104-yard kickoff return for a TD by Ryan. But Ryan gave that back on his next touch, fumbling the punt return at his own 20, which led to Adeleke’s score.

Hamilton defensive back Breaux opened the second-half scoring, recovering a fumble by Calgary backup pivot Nick Arbuckle on third-and-one, and running it back 31 yards for the TD. Hamilton missed the two-point convert and led 25-20 midway through the third.

The TDs by Williams and Begelton gave the Stamps the 34-25 lead in the third.

Paredes’ 24-yarder made it 37-25 to start the fourth. A 74-yard Hamilton drive killed 7:03 off the clock, but stalled at the Calgary six-yard line and they settled for a 13-yard field goal to pull to 37-28 with 6:52 left to play.

Morris’ three-yard run for Calgary with 55 seconds capped a 75-yard drive that killed 5:57 and the missed convert made it 43-28.


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