Alouettes blow 1-0 lead, lose to Stamps

Laurence Heinan, Canadian Press

The Calgary Stampeders weren’t very pleased with their performance despite beating the Montreal Alouettes 25-8 on Saturday.

Although the Stampeders (5-0) jumped out to a lead of 19-1 by halftime, they were disappointed they let the Alouettes (1-4) back into the game with an early touchdown in the third quarter.

“It’s interesting because you win by 17 and you just don’t feel great about it,” said Calgary coach Dave Dickenson.

“It’s pro sports and every win’s hard. You really should cherish it and you should really respect your opponent and believe that every win should be special and yet I look at what we did offensively. I didn’t think our special teams were very good. It just makes me want to be better.”

After Eric Rogers and Kamar Jorden caught touchdown passes from quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell in the first and second quarters respectively, the Stamps had to settle for three field goals by Rene Paredes the rest of the way in front of 26,440 fans at McMahon Stadium.

“Since I’m the offensive co-ordinator, I was disappointed we weren’t able to run the ball,” Dickenson said. “We had a great start and then we thought we were real good and we just backed off from the details and couldn’t get things done.

“They fought hard, too. It was lucky that we got so many turnovers by our defence again, but we’ve got to be better because that won’t happen each and every week. We can hope that happens, but it’s not realistic.”

Nonetheless, the Stamps hung on for their fifth straight victory to begin the season, something the franchise hasn’t accomplished since 1995.

“The reason we’re 5-0 is because we don’t accept what just happened out there,” said Mitchell, who completed 25-of-34 passes for 292 yards. “We’ve got to look at ourselves and accept it for what it is. It is a win. I’m never going to complain about a win. I’ll never say sorry for a win, but I know how good we are. I know how good that group is over there and the plays that we can make and I just want to see us make those plays.”

Mitchell moved past Doug Flutie into second all-time for most passing yards by a Stampeders quarterback. At 20,659 passing yards so far for his career, Mitchell still trails Henry Burris (32,191 yards) for top spot.

B.J. Cunningham caught a touchdown pass from back-up quarterback Matthew Shiltz, while Boris Bede kicked a single for the Alouettes (1-4).

Montreal starting quarterback Drew Willy left the game early in the second quarter with an apparent hand injury. He was 3 for 4 for 17 yards when Shiltz replaced him at 11:46 of the second. Willy was seen shaking his right hand at one point before eventually heading to the Montreal locker-room early in the second.

“Drew got a gash on his finger, came in and got stitches, came back out in the second (half), but I just didn’t feel like he could function in that situation,” said Montreal coach Mike Sherman. “Obviously at that point, we gave Matt the reins and let him carry us the rest of the way.”

Willy also suffered an upper-body injury in Week 3 at Saskatchewan and sat out Week 4 against Ottawa before making his short-lived return.

Shiltz completed 16-of-25 passes for 160 yards, while he was also intercepted twice and sacked three times.

“It’s the next man up mentality and you’ve got to be prepared when your numbers called,” Shiltz said. “I got the call today, but unfortunately we came out on the losing end. I’ve just got to be better next time.”

After giving up an 84-yard single to Bede on the opening kickoff of the game, the Stamps responded with a six-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a seven-yard touchdown catch by Rogers. Jorden then caught a short pass from Mitchell in the end zone for a two-point convert to give Calgary an 8-1 lead.

Rob Maver booted a 44-yard punt single late in the first quarter for Calgary before Jorden caught a 30-yard TD pass three minutes into the second.

The Stamps extended their lead to 19-1 with 25 seconds to play in the first half thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Paredes.

The Als opened up the third quarter with an eight-play, 79-yard drive that culminated with Shiltz tossing a 20-yard TD pass to Cunningham.

A pair of Montreal drives were then stalled as Shiltz was hit hard by Alex Singleton on the same play that he threw an interception to Emanuel Davis before he was sacked by Ja’Gared Davis a short time later.

“That’s part of the game, make them one dimensional and take it out of the running back’s hand and then get after the quarterback,” Singleton said. “When everyone’s making plays, it’s a lot easier than when just a couple guys are.”

Paredes then connected on a 15-yard field goal at 14:33 of the third quarter and then connected on another one from 19 yards out at 13:26 of the fourth to round out the scoring.

With just eight seconds to go in the game, Shiltz was sacked by James Vaughters to end another Montreal drive.

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113 Comments on Alouettes blow 1-0 lead, lose to Stamps

  1. how do you blow a 1-0 lead

  2. Colourmegreen // July 22, 2018 at 12:17 am //

    Love the title of this article. Made me laugh.
    My question is which head coach is the biggest whiner, Maas or Dickenson? Both just whine constantly to the Refs.

  3. Classy headline. The “staffer” must be Ballentine.

  4. Stampede Summer // July 22, 2018 at 12:24 am //

    The fantasy that rider fans had of next weeks game being for first place is dead as most riders dreams are.

    • just like the stamps dream of being grey cup champs die in rider dreams

    • TheLastArgoFan // July 22, 2018 at 7:34 am //

      The resident forum mental case makes his first post on a story about an Alouettes/Stampeders game about the Roughriders.

      As I have said before, the resident forum mental case needs professional psychiatric help. And he needs anyone near him to do an intervention because he is too deranged to see his problem.

      Yes, I am ABSOLUTELY SICK of him ruining EVERY story on this site with his Roughrider-centric, Roughrider-hating vitriol.
      LEAVE THE REST OF US ALONE TO DISCUSS THE CFL WITHOUT YOUR SINGLE-AGENDA BABBLING!

  5. MR. Green // July 22, 2018 at 12:34 am //

    Did you all see BLM interview with Franklin after the game. WTF was he on. He looked all sketchy, wired and tripping out. The way he looks and speaks, just wanna punch his face over and over. What an arrogant disrespectful interview.
    Montreal basically gave the game to them on a platter. A decent QB and the Al’s win easy.

    • Stampede Summer // July 22, 2018 at 12:39 am //

      Jealous jealous jealous

      • No it’s disturbing. Unfounded allegations of substance abuse, the threat of physical violence and a barrage of other insults. This is not a rational man, and he goes to far. Most noteworthy is the support offered by other rider fans.

        • True Green // July 22, 2018 at 5:26 pm //

          Thunder: what support is that? I regularly see you supporting Jerry here and he is by far the most off colour commentor.

    • Leo Lewis // July 22, 2018 at 12:51 am //

      Rider fans love to bash Mitchell, but I would be very interested to hear their answer to the following question:

      If John Hufnagel calls Chris Jones and offers to trade Bo Levi Mitchell to the Riders for Brandon Bridge straight up, would you want Jones to make the trade?

      • Stampede Summer // July 22, 2018 at 1:00 am //

        They’d say no but of course they would

      • Not after the way he looked in his interview. Looks like he’s off to Betty Ford next.

        • Adding another guy in Regina with drug addiction problems would fit right in with the rest of the team.

        • Larry Clammon // July 22, 2018 at 12:23 pm //

          of course he is wired on something…….he doesn’t get that frail frame that looks like he is suffering from malnutrition over the winter by dieting. He needs to be tested. But, drugs run in that stamps clubhouse continuously so I guess he got hooked on something

      • Um hell yes?! Hahahaha what a stupid question.

      • Little bo peep is a very good qb. I’d take him any day. But he’s the enemy therefore I must slag him.

        • The truth has been spoken. Any fan in the CFL that claims they wouldn’t want BLM on their roster is lying. But yes. I must talk smack about his weight. He plays for the Stamps. Lol

          • Evil Empire // July 22, 2018 at 5:10 am //

            @BleedingGreen.

            Said every fan that does NOT have Mike Reilly as their starting QB.

            Even Cgy fans would make that trade in a second if they could.

          • Pino Nuwar // July 23, 2018 at 11:09 am //

            Evil Empire – Reilly is a great QB, and there are plenty of Calgary fans who would consider a Reilly/Mitchell trade (personally, I’d take Bo over Mike any day of the week, but that’s just me).

            If you’re being completely honest with yourself, though, there are at least as many Edmonton fans who would consider such a trade as well.

        • In truth, praising the strengths and good qualities of your opponents makes your team appear to be much better.

      • True Green // July 22, 2018 at 5:28 pm //

        Of course I’d take him. I’m not a Mitchell basher or a basher of any cfl team. Bashing and hate is for chumps and pussies.

    • Bobstar // July 22, 2018 at 2:20 am //

      Are you talking about BLM or Jermaine Franklin? It seemed like Franklin ate a bunch of pot cookies tonight. A whole drive occurred down the field before he finished his sideline report.

    • Green…don’t know where you are coming from…are you on something? What a stupid comment. No excuses for slider fans next weekend!!

  6. Mitchell is just dreading facing Charleston Hughes in a game where he’s going to get hit.

    Next week Willie and Charleston feast on a West division QB and I can’t wait!

    • Stampede Summer // July 22, 2018 at 12:40 am //

      Talk talk talk

    • You see the first “sack” by Westerman ? Bo couldn’t get into the fetal position fast enough.

    • Pino Nuwar // July 23, 2018 at 11:50 am //

      Considering Bo isn’t moving anywhere with his knee-brace, it is a virtual guarantee that he will get sacked at least twice against the Riders. At least you guys will have that “moral” victory to look to while digesting the “L” that the Stamps defense is going to hand you on Saturday.

  7. Stampede Summer // July 22, 2018 at 12:55 am //

    Well they can’t all take a sack like the mighty Zack

    • The former TC 1.4 m dollar man? Ha, ha…he’s laughing all the way to the bank my friend…Mr. Glassman will soon cash in his undeserved chips and be riding out into the Prairie sunset!

    • Stampede Stupid. You think that concussions are funny?

  8. Gainer1 // July 22, 2018 at 1:02 am //

    26000 fans…..no Stampede this time. What’s the excuse. Ole McMahon stadidump

  9. Is that all that they do in Saskabush is cry and whine about Alberta? Have some respect for BIG BROTHER

  10. Good effort by the Al’s…certainly much better then the effort of the TC’s at the debacle I witnessed at THF Thursday night.

  11. Jim Bob // July 22, 2018 at 1:32 am //

    Headline is really a joke right? No sensible editor would be SERIOUS with this type of headline involving a pro football game. They say only in the CFL will you see stuff like this. Stamps won as everyone expected they would simple as that.

  12. Good crowd 26440…Montreal is improving. Schiltz looks like he has some potential. Should of put Adams in for short yardage. You dont go for 3 and yard and half on your own 22 or whatever it was, dumb call there.

  13. Good crowd 26440…Montreal is improving. Schiltz looks like he has some potential. Should of put Adams in for short yardage. You dont go for 3 rd and yard and half on your own 22 or whatever it was, dumb call there.

  14. Rider fans seem upset tonight by the fact the Stamps beat the Als. Can you imagine how upset they’ll be next week when the Stamps pound the snot out of their precious riders right there in their new 600 zillion dollar stadium?

  15. Paul Bomber // July 22, 2018 at 2:19 am //

    It’s no 56-10, but not bad. (cute headline)

  16. Headline made me literally laugh out loud. 😀

  17. No idea who Larry Heinan is, but that was a tremendous headline.

    Perfect amount of caustic sarcasm – – much like my comments.

  18. Who is the better team now, Argos or Als ?

  19. Ibleedgreen1111 // July 22, 2018 at 8:39 am //

    I think the score flattered the stumps. 2 Td’s & 3 fg’s is all the offence could sore on the worse team in the league. Especially when they get a short field from there defence.

    There record doesn’t matter that much since it was against eastern teams at are all under 0.500.

    Should be a fun game in Regina next weekend. Wish I could be there.

    Go Riders!
    Go CFL!!

    • Actually, Montreal has a decent defence. Calgary wasn’t playing bad, Montreal just wasn’t a dumpster fire on defence

    • Stampeder Summer // July 22, 2018 at 9:43 am //

      As opposed to the 3 field goals and 1 TD in a 23-17 home lose to the same Alouettes that you had last month?

  20. Uncle Jerry // July 22, 2018 at 9:29 am //

    BLM is all about individual accomplishments. What a selfish player. “I’m coming after you Henry.” Give me a break. Nice leadership.

      • Puck hog // July 22, 2018 at 11:35 am //

        We’re all hoping for a 18-0 regular season.

        • So you hope to see Calgary beat the riders on Saturday??

          • Pino Nuwar // July 23, 2018 at 11:16 am //

            Hog is probably banking on it. Rider fans have long given up any thought of actually winning a meaningful game against the Stamps, so they hold on to moral victories. You know, like DC catching a interception or Hughes sacking Mitchell. If the Stampeders pull off a “gentleman’s win” against the Riders again this year, Rider fans will consider it a win, just like they did after last year’s home game.

    • Clearly he said that to be funny. If you can’t tell that, it was you who was stoned

      • Larry Clammon // July 22, 2018 at 12:29 pm //

        it is well known that BLM is arrogant and selfish and a “me first” type. The interview shows it and he shows it all the time .

        • Pino Nuwar // July 23, 2018 at 11:04 am //

          You mean it is often said by fans of teams who wish they had half the locker-room camaraderie that the Stamps have enjoyed under BLM’s leadership. You don’t win as many games as the Stampeders have in the ultimate team sport by having a divided locker room. The whole “Bo is a me-first guy” is just more wishful thinking by fans looking at the best team in the league from the outside. Enjoy your delusion, chap.

  21. Montreal looked better.

  22. Pennyrocker // July 22, 2018 at 10:13 am //

    The sad point about the Al’s is they play terrible. Lucky enough to beat the Riders and my thought is the Riders were being slack in getting ready for the game.
    What troubles me is we are close to losing the CFL. Not only because of the ALS there is the attendance being shown in the Argos. Someone has to pay the players with no fans the owners are on the hook.

    • The Wetenhall’s deserve to be on the hook. They’ve consistently fielded a pathetic team, with a garbage offence and a useless quarterback (other than Cato and maybe Adams, assuming he EVER sees the field again).

      The frustration level is skyrocketing for Alouettes fans, assuming anyone cares at all anymore in this city.

      The ONLY good thing about yesterday’s game is that I got to listen to Ben Cahoooooooooooon on TSN690, as a guest colour guy. Ben was funny. AS an Alouettes announcer he had to “toe the party line” by ripping off platitudes like: “they played well enough to win”. And yet he spent the whole game pointing out how bad the Alouettes were, and how the Stamps “played the right way” on almost every down.

      I guess Cahoooooon knows the OBVIOUS difference between an efficient CFL team/quarterback, and the garbage foisted on us these days in Montreal.

  23. Just when you think a 1-0 lead is secure…

  24. Scottsask // July 22, 2018 at 10:57 am //

    I agree with a previous post. The post game interview was incredibly strange. Calgary’s qb looked like he was tweaking. I hope he’s ok, he’s got a family. Bizarre spectacle.

  25. Scottsask // July 22, 2018 at 11:03 am //

    The way his eyes were darting around, he wouldn’t look the interviewer in the eye or even aknowledge his presence. He just wasn’t there. Addiction is no laughing matter. I hope they’ve got someone monitoring his off field activities and habits.

  26. From my view, I see an improving Alouette defense. They played tough against the stumps. I also believe Calg played a bit listless because Alouette were offensively inept. Difficult to prepare for a poor opponent. Just ask the SLIDERS!!!

    • AS Ben Cahoon pointed out: the Alouettes started 2 rookie corners, one of which was making his first start. They gave the stumps receivers way too much room, whereas Calgary’s corners were in the face of Als receivers all night.
      Hopefully they’ll tighten that up as the season progresses.

  27. The Alouettes defense played well. Front 7 played really well

  28. I never catch the name of that guy reffing last night, but he in particular is worse than the others. He can’t even get names or numbers right. Couple of really bad calls too.

  29. Scottsask // July 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm //

    Whatever he’s on it’s some sort of stimulant, he’s was trying to fight it, but clearly losing. For his own safety I hope the league will look into it.

    • Stampeder Summer // July 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm //

      Whatever it was, Bridge could sure use some help. I’m sure the “Miami connection” could hook him up

  30. The risk in a game like this one is the collective but nearly imperceptible let down in focus, execution and intensity. Team comes out strong and gets points on the board and things start to relax. Stamps at 4 and 0 and the Als with barely a decent QB on the roster makes it hard for teams at the top to take them seriously.

    Coaches monitor team talk during the week to resist conversations and mindsets that suggest this week’s a gimme but in the players minds they believe this game is really going to be an easy one. Players learn not to get caught saying things like ‘these guys are shite’ but it’s what’s not spoken that determines game day mindset.

    As the article notes “Mitchell moved past Doug Flutie into second all-time for most passing yards by a Stampeders quarterback. At 20,659 passing yards so far for his career, Mitchell still trails Henry Burris (32,191 yards) for top spot.”

    BLM’s post game interview where he commented on the record that “I coming for you Henry” can be interpreted possibly two ways. One, he’s just trying to have some fun with Burris who is proud of his records and performance in the CFL or that BLM sees the CFL as only pro football league he’ll play in.

    If the latter, it might due to some of the injuries he’s had or even family considerations or the recognition of how hard it is to find a starting role down south. The top QBs are waiting for the new CBA before making commitments for the long haul if I heard that right but for my money I’d like to see Bo Levi and Mike Reilly both stay in the CFL and light up our league.

    • Very nice comment Greg
      I think it was pretty clear BLM was joking.
      I really don’t think the NFL is in his cards, for a few reasons. And I’m just fine with that.

      • Uncle Jerry // July 22, 2018 at 4:28 pm //

        Aside from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, what orher reasons?

        • First: Life, he has a family and lives in a great city that is full of off field opportunities for him. And while it’s not multi millions, it’s enough, that smart money management will set him up very well for his life.
          He’s a realist: He knows the changes of his current status being realized in the NFL are probably slim for a then to be 29 year old.
          Interest: Who knows what the interest level is. While he is the most talented thrower in this league, Age is starting to catch up. Will previous shoulder tearing scare teams off? Who knows!!!!! The NFL is a entirely different business than the CFL.

        • Pino Nuwar // July 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm //

          Joking about FAS. Real classy.

  31. Tiger man // July 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm //

    Really??

    1-0 isn’t even much of a lead in hockey…

    Mind you, ANY lead is significant for the Als….

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