The Stampeders looked like they were right on the cusp of doing it again.
After coming back on the Lions in Week 2, and the Redblacks in Week 7, the Stampeders were driving and looking to put another ugly win in the books. After scoring to get within two, the Stampeders defence forced a two-and-out and got the ball back.
Cue the miscue, which was the story all game long for the Stamps as they fell to 5-3 on the year.
Not so special teams
For the second time this season, the Stampeders gave up two return touchdowns and added a fumble for good measure that led to the winning field goal. It was the Janarion Grant show for the Bombers as he racked up over 300 return yards including both touchdowns in his first ever CFL game. He also coughed up the ball once which put Calgary in the red zone near the end of the first half. A Nick Arbuckle interception snuffed out that scoring drive.
The Stamps bench boss didn’t shy away from justifiable criticism of his cover unit.
“We’ve got to get some people that take some pride in covering kicks and make sure we are getting the job done…a lot of times special teams is effort and I’m gonna try, I’m gonna beat you. We lost a lot of those battles tonight.”
Brutal news for Morris
Romar Morris stunned everyone when he returned to the Stampeders lineup last week just eight months following an Achilles tear suffered in the West Final last season. Morris was forced from the game after injuring his other Achilles tendon in the second quarter. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but Morris was able to walk off the field.
“I just feel for the kid, he does everything right and he is a great person.” Dickenson said following the game.
End zone Eric
Eric Rogers found the end zone in the fourth quarter with little time left to bring the game within two points. It’s the second straight game with a TD from Rogers who was also interfered with in the first half which led to a Nick Arbuckle rushing score. As impressive as Rogers can be leaping to catch the ball above a DB’s head, watching him shed tacklers for six is even prettier. Rogers caught the ball on the four and broke two tackles on his way to the goal line.
Canadian REC depth?
Juwan Brescacin is on the six-game injured list and after his numbers there hasn’t been a whole lot of production from National receivers this season. Richard Sindani leads the way with 182 yards on 14 catches and 19 targets while ‘Z’ receiver Michael Klukas has caught nine of 17 balls thrown his way for 110 yards.
The drop-off from Brescacin in Calgary is substantial. Losing Lemar Durant hurts more every game that Brescacin sits out injured.
The final drive also included a target to Richard Sindani that saw the ball glance off his hands for what would have been a first down into the willing arms of a Winnipeg DB for an interception.
Dickenson said he didn’t think it was the receivers that cost them the football game, but knows there were opportunities missed.
“We will look at the ratio to see where we are at, but we definitely want to get some playmaker ability out there.”
It’s not often you look at a 26-point scoreline and immediately praise the defence but the Stampeders surrendered just four field goals on the night and one of those happened on a drive that started deep in Stampeder territory following a Terry Williams fumble. They held Matt Nichols to 177 yards passing and while Andrew Harris generated exactly 100 yards on the ground, a good portion of that came on the final drive as the Bombers were killing the clock.
Check downs were all the Bombers had in the passing game and the Stamps were once again successful in limiting a high powered offence.
Next up for the Stamps is the return of Bo Levi Mitchell Aug 17th against the Alouettes on Jon Cornish bobblehead night.