The stage is set for a lively second game when the Calgary Stampeders visit BC Place on Saturday to face the BC Lions.
something happened between Stampeders and Lions shortly after BC scored an additional win 31-29 at McMahon Stadium on Saturday night.
What exactly happened has yet to be determined, but Lions co-general manager Neil McEvoy explained via text message late Saturday that there was a “post-crash game. We’ve alerted the league.”
Calgary Stampedeers vs PC Lions
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TSN’s Farhan Lalji was writing on Twitter that “Lucky Whitehead was informed by Cam Judge,” and that it “apparently happened on the field at the end of the match.”
Then Whitehead, the receiver of the Lions, made a backup of having some kind of loop With Judge Calgary Midfielder. Whitehead responded directly to Lalgie’s tweet by saying, “And I’m praying he’s traveling next week. Because he could have said something in the first half when we have to cross the aisles to get into the locker room!”
Danny Austin, who covers Stampeders for the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald, dismissed that version of the story, tweeting that the knockout blow wasn’t accurate in the eyes of many who watched Judge Whitehead’s confrontation.
“Ultimately, I can only report what I’ve been told. I was told that Whitehead repeatedly said things about the Judge family, which led to confrontation after match and punch,” Austin tweeted.
Austin also tweeted: “A source I trust told me they were squared off and there was a punch, but not at all a lollipop punch.”
A win gives the Lions the advantage of the Season Series
If the Lions do end up hosting a playoff game this season, Saturday’s efforts will be seen as one of the main reasons for that.
BC’s victory over the Stampeders secures the season’s streak between the two clubs for the Lions, which means the Lions (9-3) get the nod if they end up in a tie with the Stampeders (8-5) in the year-end standings.
The second place in the Western Division hosts the third place in the first round. That’s what we had now with the Lions and Stampeders, who are both trying to chase down the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12-2).
PC’s last six games will begin with a second game against Calgary next Saturday at PC Place. This was followed by hosting the Ottawa Redblacks (3-9), visiting the Toronto Argonauts (7-5), hosting the Winnipeg and visiting Edmonton Elks (4-10), before traveling to Winnipeg for their final season on October 28.
Calgary’s four remaining games after playing BC next week include hosting first the Toronto, then the Hamilton Tiger Cats (4-9), before traveling to the Saskatchewan Rogriders (6-8), then hosting the Roughriders to finish the league game in October. 29.
Calgary’s Rene Paredes left wide on a 48-yard field goal attempt with 23 seconds left on the list on Saturday with the score tied at 23-23.
After BC opened overtime with an 18-yard touchdown from James Butler and a two-point conversion from quarterback Antonio Pipkin, Calgary followed by getting four yards from Galen Philpott but failed to convert from two points when Jake Mayer was incomplete for Reggie Bigleton.
If either of those two are played differently, BC’s chances of hosting a playoff probably won’t look entirely good at the moment.
“I can’t give our players enough credit to win twice here in Calgary. They’re a really good team,” said Lions coach Rick Campbell, whose team also withdrew a 41-40 decision over the Stampeders there on August 13.
“I’m proud of the way our guys fought. I think they had a good idea that this match was going to end. We talked about it early on and that we need to keep our poise, keep our faith, keep grinding and whoever plays more is going to win the match in the fourth quarter and we made One more than they did.”
The win “means a lot” to Adams Jr.
Vernon Adams Jr. was 25 of 32 for 294 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. It was his first extended playing time since the first week, when he was aged 18 from 32 or 250 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions, for the Montreal Alouette against Calgary. That was three months ago.
It will be interesting to see how comfortable he is with another week of training under his belt. Adams, 29, came to the Lions in a commercial deal on August 31 with Alwette as the BC side looked to cement their midfield position with the prospect of sidelining Nathan Rourke (his foot) for the season.
“It means a lot. It means a lot. We had a great week of training,” Adams said of the win. The men greeted me. I had bad practice the first day and the guys are still with me.
“All these guys are playmakers. They help a lot. I need to do a better job getting the ball, going through my readings, not skipping anything and just getting the completions.”
Adams’ best season came in 2019, when he passed 3,942 yards and 24 touchdowns in 16 games for Montreal. That year, he also ran for 394 yards in 82 buggies, which works out to five lunge attempts per game.
He ran three times for 32 yards against Montreal on Saturday, and was highlighted by a 15-yard scamper in the third quarter. We’ll see if that number rises with more experience with lions.
A difficult night for the judges
The game saw chaotic moments with 21 penalties for 215 yards, leading 12 flags to Calgary for 128 yards. Even TSN’s team of play-based Dustin Neilson and Glen Suitor reported that the judges had a tough night multiple times.
Penalty issues were not scored with Campbell, who then said: “I thought it was a good football match, a tough game. I know there were a lot of penalties. It wasn’t on my mind. I’m happy to win now.”
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