Redblacks, Stamps to battle again after tying first game

The Canadian Press
Donna Spencer

CALGARY–The Calgary Stampeders’ home-opener tonight against the Ottawa Redblacks just feels like continuation of their tie to start the season last week.
“Maybe you should just do total score for the two weeks and give that team two wins,” quipped Redblacks’ quarterback Trevor Harris.
“It feels like an elongated halftime for us to lick our wounds and get back at it.”
Both teams consider last Friday’s 31-31 tie at TD Place Stadium a win that got away.
Ottawa led 28-14 with just over six minutes to go.
Rene Paredes was wide right on a 37-yard field goal attempt in the first overtime sequence that would have won the game for Calgary.
Calgary and Ottawa are creating an interesting cross-division rivalry in the CFL given the Redblacks have been in the league for just three seasons and one game.
Calgary’s last three visits to Ottawa now have gone to overtime, with the most recent two ending in a stalemate.
There’s also Ottawa’s 39-33 overtime upset of the Stampeders to win November’s Grey Cup in Toronto.
But the Redblacks haven’t come close to winning at McMahon Stadium, getting outscored by an average of 30 points over three losses there.
McMahon is the only CFL stadium where the Redblacks haven’t won.
The Stampeders were a perfect 9-0 at home in 2016 en route to a 15-2-1 record.
“We have things on our checklist,” noted Redblacks’ head coach Rick Campbell.
“It would nice to win here,” he noted. “We’ve done it everywhere else.
“Obviously it’s a tough place to play.”
Stampeder’ head coach Dave Dickenson doesn’t expect either team to surprise each other six days later.
“You kind of ran your plays so you’re hoping your guys execute them better,” he noted.
“Ultimately you run what you run and they run what they run, and whoever can see what they see with their eyes, make quick decisions, a lot of times it comes down to mental toughness,” Dickenson added.
“Hopefully we’ve got that.”
Harris and Stampeders’ quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell were solid in their season debuts, each throwing for more than 300 yards.
Harris had three touchdown passes and one interception while Mitchell had two TD throws.
Neither pivot was sacked but Harris was hampered by his team’s 126 yards in penalties.
Mitchell’s receivers, meanwhile, dropped a few catchable passes.
The absence of wide receiver and CFL rookie-of-the-year DaVaris Daniels could impact how much Mitchell takes to the air tonight.
Daniels is out with what is believed to a shoulder injury, so Marken Michel will make his CFL debut at wide-out.
The forecast for tonight’s game is clear skies with a high of 19 C.
“I’d like to think we can use our fans and our home-opener to get a little edge,” Dickenson said.
“They had a great crowd last week.
“It’s a Thursday night,” he noted. “The kids are out of school so let’s make it loud.”