EDMONTON — The Calgary Stampeders were more than happy to keep pummeling their rivals while they’re down.
Tommy Stevens scored four short-range touchdowns as the Stampeders helped the Edmonton Elks tie an unfortunate home losing streak record with a 56-28 beating in the Labor Day rematch on Saturday.
Calgary starting quarterback Jake Maier was more than happy to allow replacement Stevens to step in and finish the practices.
“That was my role last year and it’s a war in there,” he said. “I don’t think people quite understand what that environment is like in the trenches there. Him being six-five and 250 pounds, he’s a packer and he’s hard to stop. It is a kind of will upon will. Tommy, it couldn’t happen to a better guy, he’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.
“Tonight was about him and how precious he is to us.”
The Stampeders (8-4) have won three of their last four games and have scored more points at Commonwealth Stadium (105) in two games this season than the Elks in six (101).
“Whenever there was adversity, we responded well,” Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson said. “We answered with a score or moved the ball for a first down or a pick six. We did a few games, and that was on all levels.
Edmonton (3-10) tied a CFL record for most consecutive home losses as a 14-year-old, having not won at Commonwealth Stadium since Oct. 12, 2019. The latest 14-game losing streak ties the record for futility previously established by Ottawa in 1988.
“I’m embarrassed for our organization, I’m embarrassed for our coaching staff, I’m embarrassed for our players,” Elks head coach Chris Jones said. “At half-time we still had an opportunity, then we didn’t give ourselves the chance to do anything in the second half.”
Edmonton got off to a bad start on their first possession as Calgary’s Trumaine Washington beat a pass from Elks quarterback Taylor Cornelius and ran 45 yards into the end zone just three minutes into the game.
The Elks, however, earned a break midway through the first quarter, as Stampeder Peyton Logan fumbled on a punt return and the ball was picked up by Edmonton’s Peter Adjey at the Calgary 22-yard line. This led to a pass from Cornelius to Tanner Green which made its way across the goal line for a 17-yard TD.
Calgary fell back down the field and regained the lead on a one-yard dive by Stevens.
There was more first-quarter bad luck for Edmonton as Calgary’s Charlie Moore blocked a punt and then recovered it at the Elks’ one-yard line, resulting in a second touchdown from close range by Stevens.
Edmonton started the second quarter with a 24-yard field goal from Sergio Castillo to make it 21-10.
The Stamps responded with a 15-yard field goal by Rene Paredes.
A 67-yard pass play to Elks receiver Dillon Mitchell would set up a 32-yard field goal from Castillo before Paredes was good from 20 to close out the first half with Calgary up 27-13.
Edmonton started the third quarter by conceding a safety, then took a pass interference call in the end zone, which led to Steven’s stealth one-yard third QB.
The Elks still had some life left in them late in the third as Cornelius found Jalin Marshall for a four-yard TD pass.
Stevens scored his fourth TD from one yard four minutes into the final quarter.
Calgary followed up with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Maier to Malik Henry.
Cornelius added an 11-yard rushing major for the Elks, who added a two-point convert with two minutes left on the clock.
The Stamps rubbed it in Edmonton’s face once again as Ka’Deem Carey ran through the defense for a 40-yard run.
The Elks are back in action Friday as they travel to Saskatchewan to take on the Riders. The Stamps return home to face the BC Lions next Saturday.
FOOT NOTES: The Stampeders entered the contest as the winners of the three previous meetings between the two teams this season, triumphing by a combined score of 105-47, which included a 26-18 win in the League Classic. Labor Day Monday in Calgary and a 49-6 win at Commonwealth Stadium in Week 5. The Stamps last swept a four-game series in 2012 and have now done so 12 times in franchise history. team against the Edmonton Five.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 10, 2022