Mes­sam cracks 100-yard mark; Stamps beat Roughrid­ers

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - RANDY SPORTAK

Jerome Mes­sam of Bramp­ton had no doubt a break­out game was around the cor­ner.

The Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers’s big run­ning back not only picked the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to crack the 100-yard mark for the first time this sea­son, but also the per­fect way to cap his big out­ing.

Mes­sam’s one-yard plunge late in the fourth quar­ter salted away a 27-10 vic­tory for the Stam­ped­ers against the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers on Satur­day night.

“Some­thing about that green. I see the green and I get mean. No, I’m jok­ing,” he said with a laugh.

“It’s the ic­ing on the cake for your hard work. I was grind­ing out there, get­ting yards and get­ting us in po­si­tion to score and I was happy to get into the end zone.”

Mes­sam fin­ished the night with 135 rush­ing yards on 28 car­ries, by far his big­gest game of the sea­son.

His touch­down, the sec­ond of the sea­son for last sea­son’s Cana­dian Foot­ball League rush­ing leader, was a per­fect ex­am­ple of a squad nail­ing down a vic­tory in em­phatic fash­ion be­fore the crowd of 30,274 at McMa­hon Sta­dium.

Af­ter stak­ing a 17-point lead by half­time the Stam­ped­ers watched the Roughrid­ers pull within a con­verted touch­down early in the fourth quar­ter, but im­me­di­ately an­swered with a cou­ple of scor­ing drives.

“Putting the ham­mer down at the end of the game, that’s how you win,” said Cal­gary quar­ter­back Bo Levi Mitchell. “When we’re able to run the ball like that and you know we’re go­ing to run it, that’s go­ing to make us a pretty dan­ger­ous team.”

Through the first 30 min­utes, the Stam­ped­ers (3-1-1) looked to be tak­ing dan­ger­ous to a new level.

Not only were they click­ing of­fen­sively, with Mitchell fir­ing touch­down strikes to Mar­quay McDaniel — the 100th of Mitchell’s ca­reer — and Le­mar Du­rant, but were dom­i­nat­ing de­fen­sively while keep­ing the vis­i­tors off the score­board.

Saskatchewan quar­ter­back Kevin Glenn was sacked five times in the first half, three times by Charleston Hughes in his first game back af­ter miss­ing two out­ings due to in­jury and twice by James Vaugh­ters.

Glenn said his squad sim­ply couldn’t find any rhythm.

“With a team like that, you can’t come out slow like that,” he said. “You can’t have the type of first half we had and think you’re gonna win the game.”

Briefly af­ter the break, though, the Rid­ers threat­ened to muster a come­back.

Cameron Mar­shall’s five-yard touch­down run capped an 80-yard dive on the open­ing pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half to put the Rid­ers on the board — a drive in which Glenn be­came the seventh QB in league his­tory to reach the 50,000 pass­ing mark — and a Tyler Crapigna field goal made it a 17-10 af­fair.

But that was as close as the Rid­ers could get.

“We got beat by the bet­ter foot­ball team,” said Roughrid­ers coach Chris Jones.

LARRY MACDOUGAL, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Stam­ped­ers’ Jerome Mes­sam mus­cles past Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers’ Sam Wil­liams, cen­tre, and Henoc Muamba in Cal­gary on Satur­day. Cal­gary won, 27-10.

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