Tuesday, September 6, 2016
STAMPEDERS 45 ESKIMOS 24
The Stampeders (8-1-1) extended their unbeaten streak to nine in a row with a 45-24 win over the Edmonton Eskimos (5-5) in their traditional Battle of Alberta on the September holiday Monday.
Prior to the afternoon kickoff, a flypast of CF-18 Hornets was followed by a moment of silence in memory of Normie Kwong, a man with strong football ties to both cities and a former lieutenant-governor of the province.
Kwong, who was both an Eskimo and a Stampeder during a 13-year CFL career, died last week at the age of 86.
Dickenson, Calgary's starting quarterback from 1997 to 2000, was in a reflective mood after his team's victory.
"I love the jets. The planes flying over don't get old for me,'' Dickenson said. "Normie Kwong ... it means a lot to me today as well.
"It was good that it was Calgary versus Edmonton too because Normie played for both. He was good to me and a lot of people in our locker room.''
His introspection contrasted with a raucous Stampeder dressing room on military appreciation day.
Stampeder quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell joined members of the Canadian Forces stomping and chanting in the centre of the room.
"I have no idea what that was. It was awesome though,'' Mitchell said. "We appreciate those guys. Even though a lot of us aren't from this country, we all respect people who helped us and they protect and serve.''
In what was billed as a showcase of the top two quarterbacks in the CFL, Mitchell compiled 380 passing yards to join Edmonton counterpart Mike Reilly with over 3,000 this season.
Mitchell threw touchdown passes to Anthony Parker and Bakari Grant and another two-point convert to Grant.
The 26-year-old improved to 36-7-1 as a CFL starter, 17-3 at McMahon Stadium and 3-0 in Labour Day starts.
Reilly threw for 219 yards, including a touchdown pass to Derel Walker, and rushed for a 19-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He was sacked four times and twice intercepted by Jamar Wall.
The second pick was costly as Wall snagged a pass in the end zone intended for Adarius Bowman in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
"Bo is a confident man, he wants to be the best and Reilly is right there if not the best,'' Dickenson said. "A great matchup with those two and probably Bo got the better of him today.''
Calgary hasn't lost a game since its season-opener against the B.C. Lions. Edmonton's winning streak was halted at three.
Calgary has won seven of its last eight Labour Day tilts against its provincial rival, including five in a row. The rematch is Saturday in Edmonton.
The Stampeders galloped out to an 18-0 lead after the opening quarter. The Esks were within a converted touchdown at halftime, but that was as close as the visitors came.
"When you play against a great team and home and you don't make the plays you need to make, you're going to get beat,'' Edmonton head coach Jason Maas said. "Bottom line, we just weren't good enough.
"We've got to learn from our mistakes, learn from the film and repay the favour come Saturday.''