In a game where two streaks were either going to be snapped or extended, the Calgary Stampeders emerged as victors, defeating the Toronto Argonauts 20-7 at McMahon Stadium. The Stampeders managed to halt the Argos’ winning streak and their best start since 1935, while also breaking their three-game home losing run. Jake Maier and Dedrick Mills shone for Calgary, while Cam Phillips made his mark for Toronto. Calgary’s defense stood tall, and the game was settled with few high-flying moments.
Breakdown by Team
Calgary’s offense was led by QB Jake Maier, who displayed efficiency by completing 22 of 24 passes for 149 yards. Dedrick Mills was instrumental in the running game, notching a career-high 137 yards on 27 carries. The receivers were led by Tommylee Lewis with nine catches for 58 yards, and T. Stevens added a short-yardage rushing touchdown.
The Stamps’ defense was stalwart, led by Cameron Judge with four tackles and a knockdown, and Mike Moore adding a sack. Jonathan Moxey also chipped in with an end-zone interception. Michael Griffin’s hustle on special teams resulted in a fumble return for a touchdown, epitomizing Calgary’s opportunistic play.
Toronto’s offense had a mixed day, with QB Chad Kelly showing promise by connecting with Cam Phillips on a 76-yard touchdown. Kelly’s 4/6 for 94 yards and a TD was the offensive highlight before he was sidelined with an ankle injury. Backup Cameron Dukes struggled, completing just 8 of 15 passes for 63 yards and an interception. The rushing game was unremarkable, with A.J. Ouellette leading with 32 yards on seven carries.
Despite the loss, Toronto’s defense had some standout performers. Robertson Daniel led with 16 tackles, while Jonathan Jones contributed a sack. The Argos were sturdy but ultimately couldn’t hold off the Stampeders long enough to give their offense a chance to strike back.
The Stampeders found their rhythm, using a controlled offensive scheme and a robust defense to win a game that was more about grit than flair. Toronto, despite the loss, still showed flashes of why they had been on a winning streak.
Both teams will look to regroup and build on this game’s lessons as they move into the next week of CFL action. The Stamps will head to BC Place, while the Argos will return home to BMO Field, each aiming to build momentum as the season progresses.
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