Squeak­ing out wins

Stam­ped­ers show­ing pen­chant for win­ning close games

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS Pick Toronto Arg­onauts at B.C. Lions on Fri­day night. Pick Win­nipeg Blue Bombers at Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos on Satur­day night. Pick Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats at Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers on Sun­day night. Pick Last week: Over­all:

Rene Pare­des and the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers have cer­tainly showed a flair for the dra­matic early this sea­son.

The de­fend­ing Grey Cup cham­pi­ons have the league’s best record (3-1) and are atop the West Di­vi­sion stand­ings. But two of those wins have come off late field goals by Pare­des – a 50yard boot on the fi­nal play to se­cure a 24-23 de­ci­sion over Hamil­ton and last week a 40yard ef­fort with un­der three min­utes re­main­ing to give Cal­gary a 26-25 vic­tory over Win­nipeg.

The other de­ci­sion was a 2520 win over the Toronto Arg­onauts, so Cal­gary’s three vic­to­ries have come by a com­bined seven points. And on the sea­son, the Stam­ped­ers have al­lowed more points (97) than they’ve scored (86).

On Fri­day night, the Stam­ped­ers visit the Ot­tawa Redblacks (2-2).

While Pare­des ac­counted for the win­ning points against the Bombers, he cer­tainly had help in se­cur­ing the Stam­ped­ers the win.

Cal­gary run­ning back Jon Cor­nish ran for 120 yards on 15 car­ries while line­backer Juwan Simp­son’s late in­ter­cep­tion pre­served the nar­row vic­tory. The out­burst moved Cor­nish into sec­ond over­all among CFL rush­ers with 305 yards, one be­hind leader Jerome Mes­sam of the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers.

Quar­ter­back Bo Levi Mitchell, the MVP of Cal­gary’s Grey Cup win last year over Hamil­ton, com­pleted 12-of-21 passes for 165 yards and a TD. On the sea­son, Mitchell stands third among CFL passers with 975 yards with as many TDs ( four) as in­ter­cep­tions ( four).

Af­ter open­ing the sea­son with two straight vic­to­ries – match­ing last sea­son’s to­tal – Ot­tawa dropped a home-and-home se­ries with the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos. But af­ter los­ing a 46-17 de­ci­sion in Al­berta on July 9, the Redblacks were on the wrong end of a 23-12 con­test at TD Place last week.

Ot­tawa in­ter­cepted Ed­mon­ton starter Matt Ni­chols three times but rookie run­ning back Shakir Bell ran for 144 yards on 18 car­ries. And kicker Grant Shaw made all five of his field goal at­tempts.

Ot­tawa re­ceiver Mo Price will face his for­mer team for the first time since be­ing dealt by Cal­gary in Jan­uary for line­backer Jasper Sim­mons and re­ceiver Dan Buck­ner. Price has 12 catches for 91 yards with the Redblacks while Sim­mons has four tack­les for the Stam­ped­ers.

- Cal­gary.

Toronto (2-1) won in Van­cou­ver last year but that was its first vic­tory there since 2002. The Ar­gos come off the bye, their last con­test be­ing a 25-20 road loss to Cal­gary on July 13. Travis Lu­lay is an im­pres­sive 18-1 as a starter at B.C. Place for the Lions (2-1) who’ve won two straight. Lu­lay, ham­pered by shoul­der is­sues the last two years, has 785 pass­ing yards with six TDs and one pick.

– B.C.

Win­nipeg (2-2) dropped a heart-break­ing 26-25 de­ci­sion to Cal­gary as kicker Lirim Ha­jrul­lahu missed two-of-three field goal tries, in­clud­ing from 52 yards out late that would’ve given the Bombers the lead. While Bell was solid run­ning the football against Ot­tawa, Ken­dial Lawrence had four catches for a game-high 92 yards for Ed­mon­ton (2-1).

– Ed­mon­ton.

Saskatchewan (0-4) is the CFL’s lone win­less team, putting head coach Corey Cham­blin on the hot seat. But the Riders’ four losses have been by a com­bined 12 points. It’s also been a less than stel­lar start for Hamil­ton (1-2) as starter Zach Col­laros threw three in­ter­cep­tions in last week’s 17-13 loss to Mon­treal. - Hamil­ton.

2-2. 6-10.

CP PHOTO

Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers run­ning back Jon Cor­nish tries to break a tackle from Win­nipeg Blue Bombers’ Mau­rice Leggett.

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