Stamps post emphatic Labour Day win over Esks

Donna Spencer, Canadian Press

Roy Finch closed in on a franchise history and the Calgary Stampeders got a big assist from their defence in a 39-18 win over the Edmonton Eskimos on Labour Day Monday.

Finch’s third punt return for a touchdown in 2017 tied a Stampeder season record. Calgary’s harassment of Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly for three quarters spotted the Stampeders a 30-point lead.

Calgary (8-1-1) gained some separation atop the CFL’s West Division as the Eskimos dropped into a tie for second with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at 7-3.

“This is an integral part of the season when you start stretching out and making our statement we’re the best team in the West,” Finch said.

The Stampeders extended their win streak to six in a row this season and 15 consecutive at home dating back to 2015, while Edmonton lost a third straight game to a division rival.

The rematch is Saturday in Edmonton.

“Definitely gives us, not breathing room, but at least you can take a breath and realize you’re not one loss out of going back to second place,” Stampeder quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell said.

“We know it’s going to stay tight.”

League rushing leader Jerome Messam scored touchdowns on runs of four and five yards in front of an announced 33,731 at McMahon Stadium.

Anthony Parker scored on a 24-yard carry in his 100th career game as a Stampeder.

Rene Paredes kicked field goals of 21, 32 and 40 yards plus three converted points. He was wide left on a 42-yard attempt in the first half.

Kenny Stafford and Brandon Zylstra caught touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for Edmonton. Chris Milo, signed Saturday to fill in for injured kicker Sean Whyte, kicked field goals from 22 and 46 yards.

The Stampeders converted a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery from linebacker Shaquille Richardson into two touchdowns and a field goal.

Middle linebacker Alex Singleton had 13 defensive tackles and a quarterback sack, while halfbacks Brandon Smith and Jamar Wall each knocked down a pair of Reilly’s passes.

The performance of Calgary’s secondary for three quarters made life smoother for the offence and quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who completed 19 of 27 pass attempts for 277 yards and was intercepted once.

“I thought Bo played really well. The stats don’t always show that, but he played really well,” Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson said. “When your quarterback is your best player ultimately that’s a good thing.

“Defensively we were all over the ball, tackling, harassing Mike so it was a good win for the whole team.”

Reilly was 34-for-52 for 320 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, but was intercepted twice.

He threw touchdown passes of seven and 41 yards to Stafford and Zylstra respectively in the final quarter, but his failed two-point convert pass attempts hindered the visitors’ late-game surge.

The Eskimos had the ball more – 35 minutes to Calgary’s 25 – but did less with it.

“We moved the ball pretty well for good positions for portions of the game, but didn’t get into the end zone until the fourth quarter,” Reilly said.

“You’re going to come out of the gates slow against a team like that, you’re going to lose. We get them again in five days. We’ll try and make sure that doesn’t happen next time.”

The customary pre-game and post-touchdown fireworks weren’t allowed at McMahon because of a fire ban in tinder-dry Calgary.

In support of his flood-ravaged home state, Mitchell ran onto the field flying the Texas flag.

Messam predicted Finch’s return for a TD even before the compact, slippery back rattled off the 90-yard runback in the second quarter.

“I had a feeling Roy was going to do something special today,” Messam said. “If you watch TSN Wired, I called it out.

“I just felt a big play coming. I saw the punter outkick the coverage so if you do that when Roy’s back there, it’s going to be a problem.”

With previous returns of 97 and 103 yards for touchdowns, Finch is tied with William Hampton (1999) for the most in a Stampeders season at three.

Finch ran an 85-yard punt back to score in last year’s Labour Day game.

“He can start and stop on a dime,” Messam said. “He’s got great quick twitch and great acceleration.”


133 Comments on Stamps post emphatic Labour Day win over Esks

  1. Spots 2 thru 5 just got interesting in the west. Can see all sorts of possibilities.

  2. Southwest cowboy // September 4, 2017 at 6:22 pm //

    Yeh, the Calgary BLACKREDS sure handled the Evil Empire.

  3. Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 6:31 pm //

    Yeh the win wasn’t really that impressive. I mean this is the Eskimos third straight loss. And the hole team is injured So really anyone could beet them. Hint hint horsie lol

  4. white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 6:38 pm //

    Stamps did what they do. Win!!. It will be fun watching you 4 battle it out to play on the hallowed McMahon ground Nov 19

    • Lancaster/Reed // September 4, 2017 at 7:04 pm //

      Looking forward to it horsie. The last 3 times the riders faced the stamps in the west final, riders won all 3. Including twice in ” hallowed” mcmahon.

      • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 7:15 pm //

        That’s one way to look at..another way is the last time Chris Jones’s team came into McMahon for a west final he had his ass handed to have to get there first anyways

        • Lancaster/Reed // September 4, 2017 at 7:32 pm //

          Didnt realize the stamps had cliched first place.

          • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm //

            How many games do you honestly think we’ll lose in the last 8? We will not be caught

        • Lancaster/Reed // September 4, 2017 at 8:14 pm //

          All 3 wins were by 3 different head coaches horsie. Its the rider green that the stumps fear.

          • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm //

            Oh I see. The color green..You have yet to face a Bo team in the post season BTW..

          • Lancaster/Reed // September 4, 2017 at 10:36 pm //

            The Bo team didnt bring much fear to edmonton in 2015 or ottawa last year.

          • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 10:54 pm //

            OH YOU DON’T THINK SO? You don’t think Bo put fear into Ottawa when he came back from 20 points back in the 2nd half and had Calgary 1st and goal on the 2 with 30 some seconds left to win??? you don’t think ott wasn’t sweating a little over Bo??

          • Lancaster/Reed // September 5, 2017 at 12:52 am //

            Of they sweated a little , it didnt matter in the end , did it?

          • white stallion in red // September 5, 2017 at 10:59 am //

            Nope..but not the point. You said Bo but no fear in Ottawa..he did. A lot!!!

          • riderontheisland // September 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm //

            horsie is that the same Bo that is 2-2 in the playoffs and 0-1 in the Grey Cup. Right I forgot you don’t discuss playoffs when gloating because fact screws with your fantasy. That’s a wonderful regular season team you have there.

          • George Porge // September 6, 2017 at 2:48 pm //

            “horsie is that the same Bo that is 2-2 in the playoffs and 0-1 in the Grey Cup.”

            Bo’s been a starter for three years, riderontheisland. If you’re going to cherry-pick, at least make it something less arbitrary than “the last two seasons cuz the Stamps lost both of those”. As a starter, Bo is 3-2 in playoff games and 1-1 in the Grey Cup.

            Sure, that’s still sounds pretty mediocre when taken out of context and applied against Rider “we’re undefeated in the playoffs in the last two seasons!” logic, but it is still better than the weird cherry-picked seasons you’re trying to apply here.

            By the way, if we’re being exceptionally generous, we would call “missing the playoffs” as a single loss on the season (I’d call it at least two, since any team that actually makes the playoffs can only lose once). By any standard that greatly flatters the Riders’ playoff performance, your team is sitting at 0-3 in the playoffs in that same time span. A real powerhouse, I gotta say.

      • I will put it out there and say we need to bring everything we have in Calgary Lancaster. They are an awfully dominant team at home. Hope it’s smash mouth football either way.

    • Lancaster/Reed // September 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm //

      Horsie, werent you at the game? Why are you on here commenting so soon.?

  5. Lancaster/Reed // September 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm //

    Well horsie/white stallion etc. Here is how i see the game using your criteria.
    Calgary wasnt very impressive against an edmonton team in the midst of a long losing streak. Edmonton obviously is slumping and didnt play anywhere near what they are capable of, missed tackles, busted coverage etc etc etc. Sure you beat edmonton, but you lost to montreal.
    Bo levi didnt look sharp. Only 19/27 for 277 yds zero tds and a poor decision int. in a full game. Calgary has to look at their QB situation.
    Calgary cant expect to continue to win while relying on big plays. Clagary needs to prove they can beat good teams honestly relying on ,special teams tds and field position, interceptions to put you in scoring position, contested catches and yak yards from shoddy tackling is not a good game plan.. Without those big plays the game is much closer at the half , and who knows what can happens when the game is closer. It could have been a completely different outcome.
    What looked like a decisive defensive performance was actually just a product of edmonton being down so much early because of lucky plays, and edmonton needing to force things to catch up.
    Still lots to prove in calgary, don’t get too exicted about a couple of wins against slumping teams that could barely muster a grunt.

    • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 6:57 pm //

      Fair point..exept when you say Calgary can’t rely on big plays…we don’t. That doesn’t mean we don’t get them. 3 loses in 2 years my friend. That’s not replying on big plays. Are good football

      • RJ Johnson Jr // September 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm //

        Hey Horsie, how many Grey Cups did they win in those same two years? How many, uh, under achievers or choke-artists?

    • White Horse // September 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm //

      Lancaster…Stamps do not need BLM to be spectacular!
      They get TD’S from Special teams, defence, offence. This is a team game! BLM is very cool under fire and it shows for 8 wins now. His CFL career is 41-7-1 regular season plus he is a league MOP…Best O-Coordinator in the league. Dickinson knows how to utilize BLM strengths.

      • Lancaster/Reed // September 4, 2017 at 7:49 pm //

        You obviously dont read horsies rider game comments to see the point i was making.

      • You sure Dickenson hasn’t hacked the other teams playbooks white horsepants ? ….that was the latest horse conspiracy theory

        • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 9:03 pm //

          Well if that’s true we sure Know how to pull it off..many wins without getting caught

      • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm //

        Good comment white horse…very true..we are 8-1-1..struggle away Bo!

    • Ha….I just saw your comment Lancaster. I broke it down just now also

    • Oh my son… I was just going to post something like, “Who wants to argue the Stamps are the best team in the league, by far, again?” but then I saw your… comments.

      First, Edmonton isn’t in the “midst of a losing streak”. When they were 7-0 it was a mirage. They should have been 3-4. I’ll even go 4-3. Now they are 4-6. That’s about right.

      Lost to Montreal? That is relevant… how? I guess only if your team got destroyed and you have nothing to offer so you throw out a non sequitur (look it up, son) as a distraction.

      Contrary to your expert opinion, Dickinson said Bo played very well, so I’m going to go with him.

      What game did you watch? Big plays? The Stamps moved the ball at will against the Eskimos. All game. They easily, *easily*, won all three teams. And Maas coaching against Dickinson? Laughable.

      Anyway, you must be drunk or delusional. But I promise reality will be hammered home again next Saturday, so maybe worry more about your disaster of team before then, and not the ones that made you their b*tch. Again.

      • Well if Dickinson said he played well it must be the Gospel truth. End of story, nothing to see here

  6. Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm //

    3 losses in 2 years
    Are you counting grey cup ?

    • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 7:36 pm // that case it’s 4 loses..

    • Lancaster/Reed // September 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm //

      Horsie doest know how to count playoff and grey cup losses. Either that or he is a presidents Cup kinda guy. Regual season champs are the true champions.

    • Lancaster/Reed // September 5, 2017 at 7:53 am //

      Brad. You must be dense. This is a response to the nonsense horsie posted after the riders beat edmonton. It is basically all the points he made but thrown at the stumps instead. SMH

  7. Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm //

    Must really suck to be Ottawa. I mean losing 10 games last year.

    • RJ Johnson Jr // September 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm //

      Exactely. The ONLY game that matters is the last one a team plays that season.

      • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm //

        Kinda like 2009??? oh sorry..still to soon?

        • Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 9:20 pm //

          2009 and 2010 this is true but we’ve one one since then. So it’s not really thought about. I mean it’s not like losing to an 8/10 team last year. 8 and ten, so pathetic ….. lol

          • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 9:29 pm //

            And had nothing but misery since

          • George Porge // September 5, 2017 at 10:24 am //

            Gotta hand it to you – the Riders are a true playoff powerhouse. They’ve only had a single playoff loss since winning the Grey Cup in 2013. Absolutely better than the Stampeders who have choked in the playoffs twice as many times since then.

            Source: Rider logic.

    • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 9:27 pm //

      You love the past don’t you?

      • Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 9:57 pm //

        I didn’t bring 2009 up!
        Anyway nice jaring back and fourth.
        Truth is if there’s no stamps Eskimo’s and all the other teams there’s no league. We don’t want that. Calgary wins next week, and truthfully that helps us.

  8. RJ Johnson Jr // September 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm //

    And by the way – this weekends 3 Down Nation word of the weekend is “emphatic”

  9. Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm //

    And you could hear a pin drop

  10. Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 7:35 pm //

    Hahaha that made me laugh!

  11. White Horse // September 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm //

    It is never easy to win back to back games in this league. Good luck sliders in Wpg and Stamps need some luck in the chuck on Sat night. I am putting my money on WPG and STAMPS. Stamps defence has no allowed a touch down for 10 quarters of football till the 4th Q in this game…Awesome!

    • Lancaster/Reed // September 4, 2017 at 8:11 pm //

      The stumps defense came up with some timely big plays ( horsie calls them lucky when its the riders making them) , but remember, edmonton had over 400 yds against the stumps A team defense. If they can do that again next week , the outcome could be very different.

      • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 8:37 pm //

        Our offense came up with timely plays you notice Calgary almost always answers when scored on????…Edmonton had 2 field goals until well into 4th and we knocked reilly on his ass all game..ask him how he feels on the the bus heading home

      • WHAT game are you watching? All Eskimo points were garbage points. It was 26-6 at the half and 36-6 at the end of the 3rd. I actually cheered and mocked Maas when Edmonton got the garbage TD to make it 36-12; We’ve got a game now Maas! LOL.

        Yes, next week COULD be different. The Eskimos were embarrassed so badly today they can’t play any worse. Anyway, have fun laughing – I *know* you’re really, really, PO’d inside. 🙂

        See you Saturday.

        • Lancaster/Reed // September 5, 2017 at 8:00 am //

          Well Brad, at the half, reilly had more passing yards than Bo,and the total offense was about even. Calgary had some big plays on offense special teams and turnovers that gave them the big lead. As horsie likes to point out, you cant rely on big plays to sustain you.

          • white stallion in red // September 5, 2017 at 9:44 am //

            Lol you can’t rely on big plays to sustain you…and Calgary doesn’t.

          • George Porge // September 5, 2017 at 11:11 am //

            “Well Brad, at the half, reilly had more passing yards than Bo”

            You are correct, he did. And if you put on blinders and focus on just one or two stats for the whole game, you might even be able to convince yourself that Reilly played better than Mitchell. Reilly had two TD passes. Mitchell had none. Reilly threw for 320, Mitchell threw for 277. If you consider that Reilly also had nearly twice as many pass attempts as Mitchell (53 vs. 27) you might start seeing that there is a bit of a different reason why Edmonton’s passing stats look so stellar.

            Calgary played a much more balanced game than Edmonton did. Mitchell may not have had any passing TDs and his yardage was lower than Reilly’s, but that had more to do with play calling and field position than it had to do with actual quarterback ability.

            Just focusing on the QBs though – it would be good to look at the total stats on the game if you really want to compare the two. Despite throwing for less yardage and no TDs, Mitchell had the longer single throw of the game (46 yards vs. Edmonton’s 41), he completed a higher percentage of his passes (64.2% for Reilly vs. 70.4% for Mitchell), and had an overall efficiency rating higher (77.56 Reilly vs. 88.04 for Mitchell).

    • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm //

      Stamps have swept the labour day series very often in recent times

      • Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 9:25 pm //

        You should sweep them for sure. Because your getting them while there down. So not a big accomplishment if they did. This would be along the Lines of your theory.

  12. The Riders/Stamps rematch seems to be the game of the year coming up. The Riders are hot and are wanting to have another crack at them. I guarantee the outcome will not be the same. Again, I can’t stress enough that Calgary is not very scary this year. Very much so a beatable team.
    I love seeing horsie getting a taste of his own medicine. Keep up the good work boys.

    • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 8:40 pm //

      Every team in pro sports is the the riders beat us in Mosaic sept 24th? Maybe, but it’s of little consequence because you will not catch us.. if we meet in playoff it will be at McMahon…to that there is little doubt

      • They won’t! Calgary’s D is the best in the league. BY FAR! The Stamps are the only team under 200 PA, thus far. SK has 40 more PA, and have played one less game. Jones is going to have a meltdown again. I wonder if he’ll be the little b*tch we all know he is, again, and run off the field without shaking Dave’s hand? Soooo much to be proud of their SK. Anyway, the rebuild begins again on September 24. I’ll be listening to Rider Roundtable after the game – it should be hilarious.

  13. Just a few observationa on the Edmonton Loss – with a Horsie point of view:

    15 yard roughing (cough – bumping) the passer penalty on #97 Chick that led to a touchdown was absolutely ridiculous. – 6 points

    Missed clipping penalty #85 Lynch on #56 Steinhauer on the finch return – 6 points

    15 yard horse collar penalty #34 Peters collar on #86 Parker laughable – 6 points

    Missed interference call on #49 Singleton on #83 Zylstra on the #35 Richardson pick – 6 points

    No passing TD’s from the Lord and saviour bo ?? Hmm – I can only surmise that Edmonton played poorly and Calgary was lucky.

    Now as an impartial fan. The Stamps played very well on defence and quite possibly have the best secondary in the league. However I’ve heard teams that play well on defence are “just lucky”

    Over to you horse for your usual unbiased (ha) take on things……….at length.

    • White Horse // September 4, 2017 at 8:29 pm //

      Hey YUP…I enjoy your posts. You are a true, polite football fan. I will always read yours.
      You will need god’s blessing against the BB next week. Good luck against that raucous crowd.
      I can hear C. Jones quiver here from the Okanagan.

      • I’m not Taking next weekend lightly white horse. Winnipeg is a very good team and will be firing on all cylinders at home. Going to be a great Saturday of CFL ball.

    • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 8:42 pm //

      Lol stop embarrasing yourself my friend. I’m going assume you are doing a little to luck labor day celebrating

    • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm //

      Yup…for the record…I never said the rider were just lucky to win. I said they can’t rely solely on pick 6s and blocked punts to win all the time. You need to prove you can win with good offense and defense playing a team at their best…..thats not saying the riders flucked out

    • Are you blaming the refs? Seriously? LOL. Classy.

      • Unleashing my inner Stampeder fan Brad, Anyhooo….if you care to take a gander at the points posted, they are valid. Oh wait – facts and validity is something going you aren’t familiar with, sorry about that

  14. white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm //

    Just got home.
    Fyi…33,000…same as rider crowd..crazy loud…game plan..knock reilly on his ass..acomplished. Pulling away in the west, poised for a home west final….8-1-1…….Rider fans..wouldn’t you like to wake up post summer tomorrow 8-1-1 and poised to hoist the west final???

    • Eat need more pizza horse you’re drunk

    • Hmm….”not a sellout, but close” – Global Calgary.

    • White Horse // September 4, 2017 at 8:36 pm //

      Horsie. Got to admit..with population of 1.2 million people, Calg should overflow that stadium. 27 years with my season tics it was sold out most games till I retired in 2007. It is disappointing. Rider fans…Best in the CFL! Keep it going. I do love your stadium.

      • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm //

        Yeah it should but it’s a problem around the cfl isn’t it?

      • Lancaster/Reed // September 4, 2017 at 10:17 pm //

        Thanks. I sit in my seat every game and marvel at how fantastic new mosaic is. It seems like very few details were overlooked. With all the new or revamped stadiums in the cfl, things are looking good. Hopefully calgary can get a new football stadium soon. Any serious talk about it in cowtown?

        • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm //

          Nope not lately. Calgary is in a municipal election campaign and it’s been an avoided issue so far. Calgary is a sophisticated city with many issues

          • More of a bleeding heart City with a brain dead city council horse. Shake my head almost daily with some of the crap they dream up.

          • George Porge // September 5, 2017 at 11:34 am //

            The campaign is about a public art policy and some billboards by a bunch of cowardly home builders still pissed off at the current mayor and council for not putting them on a pedestal and giving them land and infrastructure on the cheap.

            That’s about as complex as this municipal election is going to get. It’s actually kind of pathetic given that Calgary actually has some real issues that nobody seems to want to touch.

        • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 11:20 pm //

          That’s great. I marvel from my seats too.25 years later

  15. white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm //

    Wanted to add rider fans. You were all the talk on the post game show with your fantom injuries….you are getting quite the reputation

    • Did they mention that bo didn’t find the endzone once on the “post game” show ?

      • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 9:17 pm //

        So what…we scored in the rushing tds…taking advantage of our multifaceted offense

      • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 9:43 pm //

        When you just have to throw ball in the air and have acrobats leak 3 feet and catch with 1 hand it’s easy to play QB..imagine what Bo would do with Carter if Calgary was willing to take the risk??

      • George Porge // September 5, 2017 at 11:35 am //

        “bo didn’t find the endzone once”

        No, he had running backs do that for him instead. Calgary doesn’t have to rely on broken coverage to score TDs.

  16. Jake E. Snake // September 4, 2017 at 8:24 pm //

    Hey Horsie, actually Regina was a SELLOUT at 33,500 and I would die if the Calgary crowd was louder than 80 decibels ever!!!

    • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm //

      And we had 33000 too. What’s your point?

    • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 10:42 pm //

      Right a sellout! In a new completely custom stadium where it was determined 33500 was the ceiling for attendance, so it was built accordingly. Calgary would have had a sellout too if we built the same sized stadium and set our attedance bar that low

    • Man you guys are small little losers, er, I mean, people. I guess that is what losers do? I wouldn’t know. Neither would the Stamps.

      • I would say you haven’t got a clue. What were you doing up so late Bradley it’s your first day of grade 10 you don’t want to he tired

  17. Nice to see the park just about full – good for TV exposure

  18. Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 9:35 pm //

    It’s always louder at McMan stadium when the riders are in town. Half Alberta half Rider Nation. And it’s always a sellout to. Thanks to us.

    • white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm //

      Actually..barely 30000 when riders played here in July…sorry to spoil the myth with facts..stadiun today was loud…very loud

      • George Porge // September 5, 2017 at 11:28 am //

        To be fair, Edmonton is only a three-hour drive from Calgary, and both cities have huge deals on bus rides and tickets to each others’ barns during the LDC games. Should be a no brainer that the BoA fills McMahon and the rematch pushes Commonwealth to over 40k.

  19. Rider rooter // September 4, 2017 at 9:56 pm //

    The stamps are the class of the cfl right now. I tip my hat to them I think horsie is proud of his team, rider nation is proud of theirs Yes the riders play the stamps in two weeks. But they have agame next week I hope they concentrate on that first.

  20. white stallion in red // September 4, 2017 at 11:51 pm //

    Dunigan and Stegall just said it post Ham/Tor..Calgary is the class of the league and it’s not even close!!! Proper and sound evaluation

  21. Lions @ stumps will be dixons first loss as calgary HC

    • white stallion in red // September 5, 2017 at 9:52 am //

      Yeah Yeah yeah…It’s the next game when Calgary will finally start to fall right?….been hearing that for years

  22. Gotta give it to the Stamps….they are the most complete team in the league right now. Hopefully teams get healthy and find earlier rhythms so they at least have a challenge.

  23. White Horse // September 5, 2017 at 3:13 pm //

    Our o-line has been decimated for two seasons. Lavertu, our starting centre, has been out since last season. Stamps o-line has not played the same group for two games in a row since 2015. Now Federkeil is down twice in three weeks. D. Dickinson has been forced to play three imports this year. 5 O-linemen on 6 game. That contributes to Messam lower numbers this season.

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