MORE HOME PAIN: Ottawa Redblacks hang in but fall for Calgary Stampeders

It was a good start but they could not keep up and dropped to 2-10 overall this season.

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Stampeders 26, Redblacks 13

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It was another loss. At home, on TD Place, where the Ottawa Redblacks have felt a lot of pain back to 2019.

On a Friday night where the Redblacks did some things well – they were trailing 13-10 at the break – they fell again, this time 26-13 to the Calgary Stampeders.

It should be a pleasant feeling to play at home. That’s just not how it worked for Redblacks. They are now 1-6 in 2021 after being 1-8 in 2019. That is embarrassing and unacceptable. Better days ahead? Maybe. Ottawa hung on Friday, giving RNation a glimpse of what could be. But at this point, Redblacks coach Paul LaPolice is looking for victories on the scoreboard, not morals. Should-have-been or could-have-not cut it.

“We have to win a football match. That’s what we get paid to do,” said LaPolice. “As I see it, the execution was good enough for us to kick field goals, score touchdowns. It’s disappointing, it’s still a loss. You have to go into that room with the guys who got their tails off and talk to them after a loss. That is the difficult part. “

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Next for the Redblacks is a home game against the Toronto Argonauts next Saturday, starting at. 16.00 After a farewell week, Redblack closes their season on November 19 in Montreal. And after that, it will be “Wait until next year.”

Quarterback Caleb Evans completed 15 of 29 passes, one of them for a touchdown, to the Redblacks. He also ran in 68 yards. But it was not enough.

“(The Stampeders) came out (in the second half) more aggressive on the D-line,” Evans said. “We just did not match that energy and I did not play enough for us to get some points on the board.”

The Stampeders were happy with the victory, but they were not enthusiastic about the performance.

“OK, I want to keep it right with you guys – we slid on defense,” Calgary defensive lineman Mike Rose said in a Zoom call after the game. “We sucked. We did not play by our standard, we have to play much better.”

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In the first offensive game of the match, the Redblacks had a hard time. Evans passed to receiver Ryan Davis, who lifted a pass down the field just above the head of Nate Behar.

On Ottawa’s next possession, Evans bought himself time by rolling to the right and lifting a pass to a wide-open Behar for a 50-yard finish (27 after the catch). But the drive stalled at Calgary’s eight, with the Redblacks settling for a 15-yard Lewis Ward field goal and a 3-0 lead 5:23 inside the game.

A costly offside penalty to Ottawa’s Nigel Romick on what would have been a punt gave Calgary new life. The Stampeders marched down the field and settled for a 43-yard field goal by Rene Paredes after Abdul Kanneh struck a Bo Levi Mitchell pass down the Redblacks’ 10-yard line.

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Without an offensive touchdown in six of their 11 innings, the Redblacks got a late in the first quarter where Evans found Kenny Stafford, who jumped to reach the catch deep in the end zone. The converter made it 10-3 for the home team.

A 39-yard finish to Colton Hunchak gave Calgary the ball on Ottawa’s three. At the next game, Ka’Deem Carey ran in for the touchdown. The converter equalized 10-10.

A 27-yard field goal with 4:42 left in the first half gave Calgary a 13-10 lead.

On their first drive of the second half, the Stampeders took a 16-10 lead with a 28-yard field goal.

On a third-down gamble that needed a little more than a yard, deep inside Calgary territory, Ottawa got the first down and more on an Evans QB sneak, but the Redblacks took a costly illegal procedural penalty and wiped out the game. Wards field goal from the 24 closed the hole to three points at 16-13.

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A 26-yard pass to Kamar Earth gave Calgary the ball in Ottawa territory. On second-and-short, Calgary finished the drive with a 15-yard touchdown throw from backup QB Jake Maier to Earth in the final game of the third quarter. The converter made it 23-13.

After a bubbled kickoff and an illegal blocking penalty, the Redblacks started from their own three-yard line. A 6-yard catch by Harris, a 14-yard scramble by Evans and an illegal contact penalty for the Stampeders got them out of the deep hole. The drive stalled in midfield and the red-blacks had to score.

Stampeders slowly moved the ball down the field in the final few minutes as Ranthany Texada struck a pass deep inside Ottawa territory. Calgary got a 47-yard Paredes field goal with 2:09 left.

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The Redblacks turned the ball over on their own 47 when a third-down gamble failed with 1:17 left. Ottawa got the ball back on the next game when Ante Milanovic-Liter fumbled – it was forced and recovered by Avery Williams. The Redblacks gave the ball back on another failed third-down gamble.

SECOND AND LONG

It’s hard to get excited about the music when the red and blacks come out of the tunnel before the match. Come on guys, enter Sandman, do it. And while we’re talking about music in the stadium, they need to play more songs, such as sweet Caroline. Get the fans involved … The game’s first game – a Calgary kickoff – and longtime red-black Brendan Gillanders, who played his 100th CFL game, were helped off the field after a collision. He left the sideline on crutches and returned to the sideline later with a boot on his left foot / ankle… It was also the 100th CFL match for Ottawa defensive lineman Cleyon Laing… Redblacks receiver Ryan Davis made a fantastic one-handed catch for a 12th – yard win late in first half… Great downfield tackle by Ottawa’s Justin Howell after a 52-yard Richie Leone point in the final 40 seconds of first half… A rookie foul by Caleb Evans scrambling around for several seconds midway through the match . fourth quarter. It is inevitable that your team will of course be snatched to a withholding penalty. To reinforce the error, Evans was also marked for deliberate grounding.

THE END AROUND

Only in CFL, right? It was an interesting end to the first half where Calgary’s Markeith Ambles caught a pass and then tried to push the ball into the goal zone in hopes of a single point. The point came nowhere near getting to the end zone… With both De’Lance Turner and Brendan Gillanders out of the game in the fourth quarter, Anthony Coombs’ filling was about to drive back for Ottawa… With the high price of timber, in at least the red and blacks have not gone through many tree trunks by 2021 – wood chips are being chainsawed off after every home touchdown … a presence of 15,280 was announced.

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