CALGARY — For the second-straight week, the Calgary Stampeders survived a rock ’em sock ’em brawl with a West Division rival.
In doing so, the Stamps (10-1-1) solidified their place atop the division while relegating the Lions (6-6-0) to last place with a 27-13 win.
No, it wasn’t pretty.
No, that doesn’t matter.
The Stampeders fielded a lineup without top receivers DaVaris Daniels, Kamar Jorden and the longterm-injured Lemar Durant.
That could have been a disaster, but their replacements did just fine, suggesting that there’s plenty of talent in the pipeline.
Marken Michel made himself a reliable target for Bo Levi Mitchell, catching five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. It might be time to start talking about Michel as a potential CFL Most Outstanding Rookie candidate.
Reggie Begelton, too, had a solid game, stepping into the lineup and catching four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown, while Juwan Brescacin caught two balls for 41 yards.
None of them would normally be expected to be a part of the Stamps starting receiver group if everyone was healthy. But they did more than enough to show that they’re ready for more playing time, helping Mitchell to a 240-yard passing game while completing 16-of-31 passes.
The run-game was dealt a damaging blow, though, as Jerome Messam was forced to leave the game in the third quarter after taking a hit to the back of the head from the Lions’ Micah Awe. Inexplicably, the Lions weren’t penalized on the play.
On defence, the Stamps were their usual dominant selves, sacking Lions QB Jonathon Jennings four times while intercepting him three times. Jennings would finish with 167 yards through the air while completing 15-of-29 passes.