Calgary Stampeders managed to pull out a nail-biter on Saturday, breaking their two-game losing streak in a crucial victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 33-31. The Stampeders, who had struggled in recent weeks, found their groove in Week 6, backed by some stellar performances from their offensive and defensive stalwarts.
Calgary Stampeders: Offense Roars Back to Life
Quarterback Jake Maier delivered an exceptional performance under pressure. The 26-year-old threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns, completing 26 of 37 attempts and throwing only one interception. Maier’s performance marked a much-needed offensive boost for the Stampeders, who came into the game with a concerning 1-3 record.
The running game, though not as dominant as Maier’s air attack, did its part, with running back Dedrick Mills making significant contributions. Mills ran for 36 yards and scored a touchdown, helping maintain the Stampeders’ offensive balance. On the receiving end, wide receiver Luther Hakunavanhu stood out, racking up 94 yards and one touchdown on five receptions.
Calgary Stampeders: Defense Stands Tall
Calgary’s defense also stepped up big time in this closely fought contest. Linebacker Micah Awe led the defense with nine total tackles, while defensive tackle Julian Howsare recorded two sacks as part of a six-sack effort from the Stampeders’ defense. These efforts helped contain the Roughriders’ offense and played a key role in Calgary’s victory.
Saskatchewan Roughriders: A Hard Fought Battle
Despite falling short, the Roughriders put up a spirited fight. Quarterback Trevor Harris completed 16 of 22 passes for 115 yards before being forced to leave the game due to an injury in the fourth quarter. His replacement, Mason Fine, made his mark by throwing for 116 yards and two touchdowns on a 6/8 completion rate.
The rushing department saw Jamal Morrow rush for 37 yards on nine carries, while the receiving corps was led by Morrow and wide receiver Tevin Jones, who accumulated 63 and 84 yards respectively, each with a touchdown to their name.
Saskatchewan Roughriders: Defense Gives Their All
Saskatchewan’s defense, led by defensive tackle Pete Robertson with six total tackles, did their best to halt the Stampeders’ offensive surge. Unfortunately, they were unable to prevent Calgary from putting enough points on the board to clinch the victory.
The Stampeders managed to carve out a hard-fought victory in a game that went down to the wire, thanks to their offensive resurgence and a sturdy defensive display. As for the Roughriders, they’ll look to bounce back in their next game, hoping to improve their offensive and defensive coordination. As this thrilling match proves, in the world of CFL football, no lead is safe, and no game is decided until the final whistle blows.
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