Stampeders use strong first half to sail to another win over Argos

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For a match-up where the previous eight games had been decided by double digits — all in Calgary’s favour — it was little surprise the Stampeders came away with a victory over the Argonauts on Friday night.

The Stamps didn’t get a double-digit win this time, but their lead was never much in doubt in a 23-16 road win over Toronto.

Corey Chamblin raised eyebrows in the second quarter when, down 17-0, he opted for a field goal on third and goal from Calgary’s two-yard line.

Chamblin reversed course late in the half, deciding to keep McLeod Bethel-Thompson and the offence out on the field on third and five on their own 53. It was unsuccessful and Calgary got a field goal following Toronto’s turnover on downs.

Fans booed the decisions and again as the Argos headed to the locker room following a fourth sack of Bethel-Thompson. Calgary’s defence would finish the game with six quarterback takedowns.

Toronto tailback James Wilder Jr. recorded 40 of the Argos’ 299 total offensive yards on just four touches.

Bo Levi Mitchell spread the ball, completing passes to nine receivers in a game without Reggie Begelton. He finished 33-of-47 for 346 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Eric Rogers was Mitchell’s favourite target, making eight receptions for 119 yards. He would have had more had it not been for a few drops on his 17 targets.

Calgary’s two touchdowns came by way of a Terry Williams pitch and a Ka’Deem Carey reception, which came after a Bethel-Thompson interception.

Looking for a momentum shift, Chamblin sent out James Franklin midway through the third quarter. Bethel-Thompson was 12-for-19 for 86 yards and an interception when he got the hook. Franklin, who had thrown just one pass since Canada Day, immediately connected on a 45-yard bomb to Armanti Edwards.

The Stamps held their ground until the 1:56 mark of the fourth when Franklin trimmed the lead to eight on a Derel Walker touchdown.

Toronto’s defence rebounded as well for a strong second half, conceding three points and picking Mitchell off twice.

Franklin threw 12-for-16 for 147 yards and the touchdown, making a good case to start next week .

Calgary (9-4) slides into the Week 16 bye, while Toronto (2-10) stays at home to face Saskatchewan (8-4).