Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stamps take over top spot in West

CALGARY—One of the reasons running back Jon Cornish likes life as a Calgary Stampeder is he doesn’t have to face his own defence.
It’s not a place where there is a lot of daylight.

For the second-straight game, and for a fourth game this season, Calgary didn’t allow an offensive touchdown in their 28-13 win over the Edmonton Eskimos yesterday.
“People don’t even know how good our defence is,” Cornish said. “It really shifts momentum and it demoralizes the other team.
“I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again,” he added. “I do not want to play against our defence.”
The hype for this year’s Labour Day clash between Alberta’s CFL clubs was justified as it featured two teams tied for both the league and West Division lead.
Calgary moved into sole possession of first place at 8-1 with the win while the Eskimos dropped into a tie with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at 7-2.
The Stampeders extended their winning streak against their northern rival to 10 in a row, including three-straight Labour Day games.
Calgary also bought some playoff insurance by winning the second of three meetings with Edmonton and clinching the season series.
If Calgary is tied in the points with the Eskimos at season’s end, the Stampeders would get the higher ranking.
The “Battle of Alberta” continues this Saturday in Edmonton in their final meeting of the regular season.
“That’s something we talked about all week was making sure we won the season series against Edmonton,” said Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.
“It was very big for our guys to come out and get a good win against a great team and pick up some momentum going into Saturday,” he noted.
Mitchell gave the hosts momentum by marching the offence 65 yards to score on the opening drive.
The Texan, who improved to 11-1 in CFL starts, threw for 252 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown toss to Anthony Parker.
Meanwhile, in his second game back since sitting out six with concussion symptoms, Cornish quickly is regaining his form.
The CFL’s most outstanding player and leading rusher in 2013 ran for 163 yards, including 100 in the first half and a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Back-up quarterback Drew Tate finished Calgary’s opening drive with a one-yard plunge off the snap to score.
Rene Paredes added an 84-yard kick-off single and field goals from 47 and 33 yards in front of an announced sell-out of 35,400 at McMahon Stadium
Edmonton’s Otha Foster recovered a blocked punt in the first quarter and ran it in to score Edmonton’s lone touchdown.
Grant Shaw kicked field goals from 13 yards in the second quarter and from 44 yards in the fourth.
Calgary held their northern rival to less than 100 yards rushing and sacked Eskimos’ quarterback Matt Nichols three times.
“A touchdown hasn’t been scored on us in two weeks,” noted defensive end Shawn Lemon, who produced one of them.
“A lot of stuff like that goes unnoticed.
“If you don’t score on us, you’re not going to win. As simple as that.”
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats edged the visiting Toronto Argonauts 13-12 earlier yesterday in the first game played at Tim Hortons Field.

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