The Calgary Stampeders hosted the Edmonton Eskimos Sunday night at McMahon Stadium in Calgary and in the first installment of the battle of Alberta Calgary laid the boots to the visiting Eskimos, drubbing them 56-15 in a game that certainly had its share of emotions with a couple of fights towards the end of the game.
From a Stampeders standpoint I don’t think they could have asked for anything more from the team across the board. Henry Burris was 21/29 for 305 yards and 3 TDs, while Joffrey Reynolds had another solid game with 14 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. Even backup QB Drew Tate came in late and was 4/4 for yards with a TD and ran another TD in during his mop up duty. Defensively Calgary had 6 takeaways, highlighted by a 89 yard pick-six interception for a touchdown by CB Dwight Anderson to end the first half. The only downsides I could point out was that Henry Burris sailed a couple of sideline passes five to ten feet over his receivers head. While rookie Kicker Rob Maver had his first miss since week one, missing a chip shot from what couldn’t have been much more than 20 yards, it was just a lack of focus in a game that was out of hand and I’m sure he will be getting some ribbing when the video is reviewed.
For Edmonton what could have gone wrong did go wrong. Their opening possession was a prime example with Ricky Ray fumbling the first snap taking a sack, then having a pass knocked down and having to punt. Calgary then, in two plays, marched 61 yards for a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead. From that point the Eskimos looked defeated and they continued to make mental errors all night, I have to think the clock may be ticking for Edmonton head coach Richie Hall. The biggest bright spot I saw for the Eskimos was their 3rd string QB Jared Zabransky. He was only 8/16 for 106 yards with a TD and threw the INT for a TD, however I thought he was composed in the pocket and really tried to settle his team down.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the battle of Alberta without a little scrap and it happened a couple of times with the big one being a mix up between Esks WR Andre Talbot and Stamps DE Mike Labinjo. It wasn’t anything to write home about except I saw Labinjo drop a couple of knees/stomps to the Esks WR and I would be shocked if he is not suspended and he should be. In that same altercation WR Tremayne Kirkland threw a few sucker punches at any Stamp he could hit and he should be suspended as well. A little later Kai Ellis of the Eskimos decided that punches/clotheslines would be an effective tackling technique. The league will look into that as well.
The Stampeders’ next game is in Vancouver to take on the 1-6 BC Lions on Friday, August 27th. The Eskimos’ next game is Saturday the 28th hosting the 5-2 Saskatchewan Roughriders.
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!