Eskimos lose Trevor Harris, game; Stampeders take Labour Day rematch
The Calgary Stampeders closed out Super Saturday with a third straight non-competitive tilt, a 33-17 win over the Edmonton Eskimos, their second in as many weeks.
It happened in front of over 40,000 people, the largest crowd of the season.
The year of the backup quarterback continues. Trevor Harris played a quarter but that was it as Logan Kilgore took the reins in the second quarter. Harris briefly left the field after a touchdown drive and returned dressed to the sidelines but didn’t come back in. He appeared to hurt his throwing arm or hand on a hand-off to C.J Gable.
Now B.C. Lions Mike Reilly stands alone as the only quarterback who was listed as No. 1 on the depth chart before the year began. Ironically, he’s taken the most hits behind an atrocious offensive line.
The 29 year-old Kilgore has seven CFL games on record where he threw passes with Toronto in 2016. He went 63-of-114 with two touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He led the Esks to a field goal in his first drive, tying things up at 10.
The quiet half continued until some trickery shook the cobwebs.
The longest pass completion of the half came from Rob Maver. The punter threw a 25-yarder to Ante Milanovic-Litre on a fake punt to keep things moving – a savvy play call by special teams coordinator Mark Kilam. It led to Bo Levi Mitchell finding Eric Rogers in the end zone for the receiver’s seventh touchdown.
Late in the third, Edmonton teammates Josh Johnson and Vontae Diggs got into it. Diggs shouldered Johnson in the head and Johnson reacted by shoving him. The argument continued off the field. Shortly after, general manager Brock Sutherland made an appearance on the sidelines.
Edmonton’s defence did a good enough job to at least give the offence a chance in this one. Three interceptions were recorded and Larry Dean led the game with 12 tackles. They also held Calgary to just nine second half points, all of which came on drives the Stamps looked poised to cross the goal line.
Mitchell’s favourite target in this one was Reggie Begelton, who continues his breakout 2019 season. He had seven catches for 88 yards on 15 targets.
In his second game back, from injury, Mitchell went 24-of-39 for 254 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Calgary’s defence put things out of reach when DaShaun Amos intercepted Kilgore’s pass for a 79-yard pick-six, extending their lead to 23 with 10 minutes to play.
Kilgore finished 21-of-28 for 242 yards and an interception. Gable had 12 carries and eight receptions for 122 combined yards as he was heavily relied on throughout.
Edmonton sits out Week 14 while Calgary (7-4) is at home against Hamilton (9-2).