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Stampeders defense holds up versus Saskatchewan

Calgary's defense shuts down the Riders late to seal yet another solid win.

These teams came into the game wrapping up the second half of a back-to-back. Calgary came into this game off of a solid win against these same Roughriders in the previous week while the Roughriders themselves were hoping to erase the memories of their unfortunate loss to these same Stampeders and put up a better effort.

Calgary and Saskatchewan both failed to score a point on their opening drives.

Rene Paredes was able to get Calgary on the board first with a 46-yard field goal for a 3-0 Calgary lead. Neither team got much going on offense and the score stayed as such heading into the second quarter.

An early 11 play drive stalled for Calgary but they were able to salvage points with yet another Paredes kick, this time from 40-yards out to extend their lead to 6-0.

While they weren’t scoring majors, the Calgary offense was able to stay on the field for long stretches, wearing down the Riders defense. Another long drive stalled for Calgary, but they were able to get a point from it via a 25-yard field goal from Rene Paredes to extend their lead to 9-0.

Near the end of the first half, it was Saskatchewan’s turn to go on a long drive. Darian Durant led a ten play drive that culminated with a Mitchell Gale one-yard touchdown run in a short yardage situation. After the convert the Riders had cut into the Calgary lead and sent the teams to the locker room with a 9-7 scoreline.

Things were at least going better than they did last week for Saskatchewan as they were in a much better position at half time, in terms of keeping the game close to set up the second half.

Jerome Messam was able to get the Stampeders their first points of the second half, on their first possession as the he scored on a running play from two-yards out to extend the Calgary lead to 15-7, and after the convert the score was 16-7.

A Quinn van Gylswyk kick from 54-yards out later on in the third quarter cut the Calgary lead down to 16-10 heading into the final quarter.

In terms of offensive play, there wasn’t much to behold in the fourth and final quarter. No matter what Saskatchewan was able to throw at Calgary, they always had an answer as the teams kept on forcing each other to punt.

The only points in the fourth quarter came off of the foot of Rene Paredes to make the score 19-10 as the Riders simply ran out of time and couldn’t muster anymore points in this game.

An interesting conversation appeared to take place post-game as the two coaches, Dave Dickenson and Chris Jones, went to shake hands when Chris Jones said something that visibly upset the Calgary head coach. It has been speculated Chris Jones told coach Dickenson to “win with class.”

This is yet another fortunate win for the Stampeders, who were able to pick up back-to-back wins versus the Roughriders that now vaults the Stampeders up to 11 points on the season, good enough for first overall in the West and in the CFL. All Calgary needs is more of the same to keep the good times rolling as they are playing well in all three facets of the game. Bo-Levi Mitchell went 18/31 with 298-yards passing with no touchdowns and one interception.

This loss comes during some pretty tumultuous times for Saskatchewan. Earlier this week, the Roughriders were fined $60,000 dollars by the CFL for some pretty egregious roster violations as a times it appeared during the week Chris Jones had well over the maximum players allowed at his practices. Hopefully things can turn around at some point as these Roughriders are still on pace with the worst team in CFL history – 2003 Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1-17. Darian Durant went 24/37 with 267-passing yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Calgary heads to B.C. to take on the Lions on August 19 at 10:00pm EST while Saskatchewan makes a trip to Steeltown to take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on August 20 at 7:00pm.

Riccardo Di Stefano

RealSport's Lead CFL writer and also a contributor of NHL content. Riccardo currently pursues many media interests as a freelance Master Control Operator for Bell Media in Canada while also running his own, now affiliated stream on Twitch at Twitch.tv/RicD55.

Stampeders defense holds up versus Saskatchewan

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