Trevor Harris and the Ottawa Redblacks have looked deadly on offense this season, and showed no signs of slowing down heading into the Friday night match-up with the Calgary Stampeders.
After Ottawa forced a punt on Calgary’s first possession, Trevor Harris went to work. He and the Redblacks offense have looked almost unstoppable at times, with their combination of quickness and play-making ability making their receiving corps one of the best, if not the best, in the CFL right now.
Harris was stellar, leading a long seven play touchdown drive with precise pass after precise pass, until finding the speedy Chris Williams for the game’s opening score and a 6-0 Ottawa lead. Ottawa failed to convert on the two point opportunity.
Both teams had struggled for a bit on offense, but Bo-Levi Mitchell showed great poise again finding Marquay McDaniel for a 35-yard touchdown play. After a shocking miss by Rene Paredes on the convert kick, the game was a 6-6 tie.
Calgary opened the second quarter with a single to take a 7-6 lead. This game had too many offensive stars to let that score line sit for long. Trevor Harris and Chris Williams once again teamed up for a spectacular 56-yard catch and run touchdown. Williams absolutely flew by the Calgary defense to give Ottawa a 12-7 lead. Chris Milo missed the extra point kick, but on the ensuing kickoff, Calgary was able to score a single anyway and take a 13-7 lead.
The teams remained deadlocked until a Rene Paredes field goal cut the lead to only 13-10 going into half time.
In the third quarter, the two young starters continued to battle it out but struggled to make the most of their possessions. Rene Paredes was able to finally get some points on the board in the quarter as he drilled a 26-yard field goal to tie the game again, a trend that would define this game. The teams went into the final quarter tied up at 13-13.
It wasn’t until the 06:39 mark of the fourth quarter that Trevor Harris was able to get major points on the board. He found Chris Williams for his third touchdown of the game. Chris Milo got the convert to make it a 20-13 game.
Bo-Levi Mitchell was not to be denied on this night either as it was again his turn to engineer a big drive. He made two big plays to Bakari Grant, one of them for 46-yards. Mitchell was able to find Jerome Messam for the game-tying touchdown – with just over three minutes left in the game – tie it up at 20-20.
The game found itself in overtime as neither team scored again in the fourth quarter. Chris Milo was able to kick a 32-yarder to give Ottawa a 23-20 lead.
Rene Parades responded with a field goal to tie the game up again at 23-23, and send the game to another round of overtime. After the side switched for another round of overtime, it was Calgary’s turn to start with the ball. Calgary just couldn’t find the end zone and settled for another field goal by Paredes. This left the Stamps a mere defensive stop away from an overtime win.
Trevor Harris completed passes to Gregg Elingson and Ernest Jackson to get Ottawa in good field goal range. Chris Milo then drained from 20-yards out, which would be the final points of the game – resulting in a rare 26-26 tie.
Both teams showed incredible fight in this game, especially that of the young quarterbacks Bo-Levi Mitchell and Trevor Harris, who threw for 368 and 396 yards respectively. Since neither team won today both teams must neither be too happy or too sad with their performance, and should take what they can from this game before moving onto next week.
The Stampeders head into a bye week whilst Ottawa faces a short turnaround with their next fixture on July 13 at BMO Field at 7:30pm EST. They face an Argos team that will be hungry to get their first win at their new home, BMO Field.