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Cal­gary fum­bles way to loss against Alou­ettes

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS - Danny austin Postmedia Net­work

MON­TREAL — Turnovers killed the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers.

It’s re­ally that sim­ple: Take bet­ter care of the foot­ball, and the Stam­ped­ers don’t end up on the los­ing end of a 21-17 score­line against the Mon­treal Alou­ettes on Satur­day evening.

They rolled into Mon­treal, a city that al­ways seems to bring out the worst in them, and put to­gether a dom­i­nant first half.

They were mov­ing the ball at will and putting points on the board of­fen­sively, while the de­fence seemed to be com­pletely com­fort­able with what­ever the Mon­treal Alou­ettes threw at them.

The Stam­ped­ers (9-5) were rolling and there was very lit­tle to sug­gest that the Alou­ettes (8-6) were go­ing to find a way back into the game.

Then, the turnovers started. And kept go­ing. And go­ing. In a stretch of roughly 10 min­utes of ga­me­time, the Stam­ped­ers turned the ball over four times.

Bo Levi Mitchell had an other­wise huge night, but threw and in­ter­cep­tion late in the first half.

Then, his re­ceivers just couldn’t seem to hold on to the ball, fum­bling it away three times and giv­ing the Alou­ettes the breath­ing room they needed to come all the way back and se­cure the 21-17 vic­tory.

“That’s ex­actly what hap­pened,” Mitchell said. “We were play­ing re­ally well in every­thing out­side of tak­ing care of the foot­ball. I had the pick, I had missed throws and things I can be bet­ter on and cri­tique my­self on in the game. As the leader of this of­fence I ex­pect more and it starts with me.

“At the same time, we turned the ball over on easy things.”

There have been a lot of ter­ri­ble games played be­tween the Stam­ped­ers and Alou­ettes in Mon­treal over the years, but right from the start it was clear that this wasn’t go­ing to be one of them.

The Alou­ettes came out look­ing sharp — maybe the sharpest their of­fence looked all night — and con­fi­dently moved the ball down­field. Af­ter nearly five min­utes with the ball in their hands, QB Ver­non Adams Jr. ran it into the Stam­ped­ers end­zone for a one-yard touch­down to give his team the lead.

The Stam­ped­ers re­sponded im­me­di­ately, and Bo Levi Mitchell got started on an ex­cep­tional af­ter­noon in which he com­pleted 31-of-43 passes for 464 yards and one touch­down, as well as one in­ter­cep­tion.

On the open­ing drive, Mitchell spread the ball among his re­ceivers and got run­ning back Don Jack­son in­volved, as well. They con­fi­dently marched down­field on the sev­en­minute drive, and it was Jack­son who tied things up for the Stam­ped­ers with a nice spin move as he danced into the end­zone.

While the Alou­ettes of­fence had looked great on its open­ing drive, the Stam­ped­ers de­fence didn’t let it hap­pen again. They al­lowed the Alou­ettes only one first down on their next four drives, while the Stam­ped­ers got a field goal from Rene Pare­des and a touch­down from Josh Huff to make the score 17-7.

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Als’ Ver­non Adams Jr. is all smiles af­ter de­feat­ing the Stam­ped­ers in Mon­treal yes­ter­day. With the win, the Alou­ettes im­proved to 8-6 on the sea­son.

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