For Stamps, it’s 14th straight win over Ti­cats

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HAMIL­TON — Cal­gary quar­ter­back Bo Levi Mitchell shook off an ini­tial pick-six and then threw two touch­downs to his own team­mates as the Stam­ped­ers de­feated the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats 43-28 in CFL ac­tion Satur­day.

“I just throw such a pretty ball,” Mitchell shrugged. “I just throw touch­downs, man, it’s what I do. Ei­ther for us or for them.”

Hamil­ton line­backer Larry Dean opened the game’s scor­ing in the first quar­ter when he in­ter­cepted Mitchell mid­field and re­turned it 60 yards for the score, his first ca­reer pick-six. Mitchell, the league’s third-lead­ing passer head­ing into the game, now has 27 touch­down passes and nine in­ter­cep­tions.

“I don’t care about it ei­ther way,” Mitchell said. “Shake it off next play. I’ve thrown plenty in my ca­reer and I’ll throw plenty the rest of my ca­reer.”

A lot went wrong on the play, and Mitchell ad­mits he shouldn’t have forced the throw.

“That’s what I’m talk­ing about, de­tails. We’ve got to look at our­selves and fix our de­tails be­cause it’s just not good enough right now and we’re leav­ing a lot out there,” he said.

Cal­gary (10-2) has now beaten the Tiger-Cats 14 straight times and heads into a bye week. Hamil­ton (6-6) last won on Sept. 25, 2011. The loss snaps the Ti­cats’ three-game win streak as they head to B.C.

Cal­gary re­ceivers Marken Michel and Reg­gie Begel­ton, de­fen­sive back Tunde Adeleke, run­ning back Terry Wil­liams and run­ning back Ro­mar Mor­ris scored touch­downs for the Stamps.

Hamil­ton’s Dean, rookie re­turner Shakeir Ryan and de­fen­sive back Delvin Breaux Sr. scored for the Ti­cats, who failed to record an of­fen­sive touch­down.

Cal­gary kicker Rene Pare­des was 3 for 3, hit­ting from 13 and 24 yards twice.

Hamil­ton kicker Lirim Ha­jrul­lahu missed a 43-yard at­tempt on the Ti­cats’ first drive of the game, but hit from 37, 28 and 13 yards to fin­ish 3 for 4. He also missed a con­vert.

Mitchell was good on 17 of 30 pass at­tempts for 270 yards, two TDs and one in­ter­cep­tion.

Hamil­ton quar­ter­back Jeremiah Ma­soli com­pleted 23 of 37 pass at­tempts for 210 yards with two in­ter­cep­tions and no touch­down passes.

Mor­ris had 98 yards on 16 car­ries for the Stamps and the one TD. Begel­ton had five catches for 150 yards and the TD, and Juwan Brescacin added 109 yards on five catches.

“To be hon­est it was sloppy,” said Cal­gary head coach Dave Dick­en­son about the game. “I think both teams didn’t ex­e­cute at the level they wanted to. But you could also see the big-play ca­pa­bil­ity of both teams. It was a war — the fight and the phys­i­cal­ity out there, big time. I thought we made some great half time ad­just­ments and found some ways to get in the end­zone.”

Hamil­ton led 25-20 mid­way through the third when Cal­gary broke through with Wil­liams’ 83yard punt re­turn for a touch­down and Mitchell’s 99-yard TD toss to Begel­ton that was the team’s long­est play from scrim­mage this season. That gave Cal­gary the 34-25 lead, af­ter miss­ing one two-point con­vert and mak­ing the next, and they never looked back.

Hamil­ton was with­out the CFL’s sec­ond-lead­ing re­ceiver, Bran­don Banks, who had been nurs­ing a groin in­jury this week and was a game-time scratch.

“It’s a long season,” said Hamil­ton head coach June Jones. “I told our kids our goal is to win the Eastern [Divi­sion] and get a bye in that first week. It’s a long season and if he had gone and tore some­thing then he’s out for the year. That’s the de­ci­sion we had to make, and we made it.”

The Ti­cats are also miss­ing CFL top-10 re­ceiver Jalen Saun­ders and Chris Wil­liams to in­jury. Cal­gary was with­out top re­ceiver Ka­mar Jor­den (third in the CFL) and Eric Rogers.

Stam­ped­ers re­ceiver Davaris Daniels left the game in the sec­ond quar­ter with an up­per-body in­jury.

Cal­gary re­cov­ered from a 10-0 deficit to take a 20-19 half­time lead, scor­ing all 20 points in the sec­ond quar­ter on two field goals, a 13-yard TD strike to Michel and Adeleke’s 20-yard TD re­turn of a punt-re­turn fum­ble by Hamil­ton’s Ryan, who was play­ing in his first CFL game.

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