The Edmonton Elks and Calgary Stampeders offered another gripping encounter following their Labour Day Classic showdown, with the Elks edging the Stampeders 25-23 in a nerve-wracking encounter at the Commonwealth Stadium. Despite a four-turnover night, the Elks managed to clinch their first win this season against a West Division adversary.
Tre Ford led the Elks, going 14-22 with 173 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. He also added 82 rushing yards on eight carries. On the Stampeders’ end, Jake Maier had a strong performance with 21 completions from 29 attempts, accumulating 210 yards and throwing two touchdowns. This pulsating encounter saw the Elks return the favor from the previous defeat at the OK Tire Labour Day Weekend Classic. Edmonton’s Kevin Brown stood tall with 143 rushing yards and a touchdown, while receiver Eugene Lewis had a game-high 89 receiving yards. Both teams displayed a vigorous defense, setting up a fascinating CFL scoreline that kept fans on the edge of their seats until the very last moment.
- Tre Ford (QB): Achieved 14-22, 173 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT; also rushed for 82 yards.
- Kevin Brown (RB): Outstanding performance with 15 carries turning into 143 rushing yards and a touchdown.
- Eugene Lewis (WR): Led the receiver stats with 89 yards.
- Nyles Morgan (LB): Led the defensive stats with 7 defensive tackles.
- Mark McLaurin (LB) and Loucheiz Purifoy (CB): Both contributed 6 defensive tackles each, showing strength in the defensive end.
- Jake Maier (QB): Went 21-29, amassing 210 yards with 2 touchdowns.
- 5 Ka’Deem Carey (RB): Ran for 77 yards with 14 attempts.
- Reggie Begelton (WR): Was a constant threat, with 56 receiving yards and a touchdown.
- Cameron Judge (LB): Was the linchpin in defense, with 7 defensive tackles and a knockdown.
- Branden Dozier (CB): Contributed with 5 defensive tackles, ensuring a sturdy defense.
In a heart-stopping finish, rookie kicker Dean Faithfull emerged the hero, scoring a 42-yard field goal that sealed the 25-23 comeback victory for the Elks. The riveting game showcased solid performances from both teams, altering the CFL standings with the Elks pushing for a better position in the West Division.
With this victory, the Elks’ morale is boosted as they prepare to face the Saskatchewan Roughriders on September 15th at the Mosaic Stadium. Meanwhile, the Stampeders will have some time to regroup during a bye week before hosting the Montreal Alouettes on September 23rd. Both teams will be looking to build on their performances as they eye playoff spots in the tightly contested CFL standings.
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