Saturday, July 4, 2015

Stamps last of the unbeatens

EDMONTON—Bo Levi Mitchell isn’t interested in tying or surpassing any personal records.
He just wants his team to win.

The Stampeders’ quarterback threw for 124 yards and a touchdown last night to improve to 7-0 as a CFL starter and help Calgary edge the Edmonton Eskimos 26-22.
Rene Paredes nailed four field goals as the Stampeders improved to 4-0 on the season.
Mitchell, meanwhile, tied former Stampeder Jeff Garcia’s league record for best career start.
But after the game, Mitchell downplayed the accomplishment.
“It’s not a record that people even keep track of, I’m surprised people even keep it,” he remarked.
“I’m excited to be undefeated but I’m more excited our team is playing well and that we are undefeated.
“I’ll try to keep that record intact as long as I can, but a loss is going to come at some point,” Mitchell reasoned.
Edmonton was guilty of a couple of major gaffes in the game, including the questionable decision to try and run a fake punt out of the end zone late in the second quarter—a failed effort which led directly to a costly Calgary touchdown.
“I was surprised they did that,” admitted Stampeders’ head coach John Hufnagel.
“We were very fortunate to be able to stop that by inches.
“It was a big play of the game since we scored on the next play,” he added.
The Eskimos dropped to 4-1 on the year—missing out on a chance to surpass the total number of wins they had in a disappointing 4-14 campaign in 2013.
“You’d like to win them all; you’d like to go 18-0 and then win two more in the playoffs,” said Eskimos’ quarterback Mike Reilly, who threw for 212 yards with one TD and one interception.
“But the reality is that’s not going to happen so you try to learn from these experiences,” he stressed.
“This is a good football team that we played against,” Reilly added. “They’ve got the best record in the league now.
“But we also learned that if we do a few things better, we could win that football game.”

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