The Stampeders looked very “un-Stampeder” like in their first game of the season, but seemed to have adjusted much more now to the the post-Jon Hufnagel and Jon Cornish era. Even without those two figures, the Calgary Stampeders are still one of the top squads in the CFL, with a great quarterback in Bo-Levi Mitchell. In this match-up they faced a rebuilding Blue Bombers team desperately trying to generate some positive momentum early in the season.
Rene Parades nailed a 37 yard field goal at the 8:09 mark of the first quarter to put Calgary up 3-0, but late in the first another of his kicks went horribly wrong. On the play, the Blue Bombers blocked the field goal attempt and were able to recover the ball all the way into the Calgary red zone to end the first Quarter.
The Bombers, in a great field position to start the second, were able to run the ball into the end zone on a one yard QB-sneak by Matt Nichols. After the successful conversion by Justin Medlock, the Blue Bombers found themselves with the early 7-3 lead. However, the Stampeders are a team to never underestimate, no matter what the score may be at any time in any game.
The Stampeders responded with a field at the 9:55 mark of the second quarter, off of a 38 yard field goal by Rene Parades to cut the lead to 7-6. After the Stamps forced the Bombers to go two and out on their next drive, Bo-Levi Mitchell did what he does best and helped engineer yet another good drive that ended with a Tory Harrison two yard touchdown run to make the score 12-7. However, the Stampeders were unsuccessful in their two point conversion attempt.
Calgary were consistently badgering the Bombers on defense. Winnipeg just couldn’t keep their offense on the field for long enough, and that in turn let Calgary’s get right to work. Driving down the field late in the second, Bo-Levi Mitchell completed a 27 yard touchdown pass to Simon Charbonneau-Campeau – after the conversion it was 19-7 Calgary. On the kickoff, Rene Paredes was able to blast the kickoff through the endzone for a single point to make it 20-7, and that’s how the game would stand at half time.
Rene Paredes opened the scoring in the second half with a 36 yard field goal to help pad the Calgary lead at 23-7. The Stamps just kept driving into the Winnipeg defense all day and eventually got rewarded with yet another touchdown. Andrew Buckley ran the ball in on another QB-sneak and after the convert the score was 30-7.
Bo-Levi Mitchell wasn’t finished there, he had another touchdown pass in the quarter, a ten yarder to Marquay McDaniel to give the Stamps a 36-7 lead. Paredes missed the extra point kick attempt.
The Bombers could have just mailed it in at this point, but credit to them, they never stopped playing hard, even in the fourth when they were down by a wide margin. At the 9:36 mark of the fourth, Drew Willy found Darvin Adams for a three yard touchdown pass. After the Medlock convert it was a 36-15 game. The Bombers were able to gain a single off of the kick off and cut the lead by another digit.
Winnipeg continued to drive late, and were rewarded with another touchdown, this time an eight yard pass to Jace Davis, coupled with the conversion, made the score 36-22 game. The contest ended with the score stopped at 36-22 to cap off a rather convincing Calgary Stampeders victory.
The Stampeders are beginning to look like the well oiled machine that won the Grey Cup in 2014, and they must focus on constantly improving their offensive flow to keep opponents guessing. The Blue Bombers, on the other hand, need to re-group in a hurry. Their fan base is getting aggravated with all the tough seasons they’ve endured recently, which isn’t helped by the team hosting the CFL’s longest championship drought.(1990)
The Stampeders go to Ottawa next to play the Redblacks on July 8 at 7pm EST, whilst the Blue Bombers go to Hamilton to face a hungry Tiger-Cats team on July 7 at 7pm EST.