Stampeders score unanswered 15 points in 3rd quarter to beat Elks


Reggie Begelton caught two touchdown passes from Jake Maier to lead the Calgary Stampeders to a 26-18 win over the Edmonton Elks in front of 30,479 fans at McMahon Stadium.

Ka’Deem Carey had a rushing touchdown for the Stampeders (7-4), who avenged a 32-20 loss to the Elks a year ago in the annual Labor Day contest.

Rene Paredes had a field goal and a single for the Stamps, who won their 400th home game in franchise history.

Quarterback Taylor Cornelius threw touchdown passes to Dillon Mitchell and Jalin Marshall for the Elks (3-9), who have lost two straight games and five of their last six.

Sergio Castillo threw a field goal for Edmonton, while Jon Ryan threw a single.

On Edmonton’s first drive, Cornelius missed a snap in midfield and Stamps defensive lineman Derek Wiggan got the ball back to give Calgary good field position.

Four plays later, Carey ran for a three-yard touchdown to cap a quick 51-yard drive to give the Stamps a 7-0 lead.

The Elks responded late in the first quarter when Cornelius threw a 48-yard touchdown strike to Mitchell to cap a six-play, 90-yard drive.

Neither team could do anything offensively in the second quarter as Ryan accounted for the lone run with a 51-yard single to give the Elks an 8-7 lead heading into the halftime break.

Both teams had chances to score on turnovers, but neither was able to capitalize.

Early in the second quarter, Shawn Lemon snatched the ball from Cornelius before Cameron Judge ran him out of bounds to give the Stamps great field position at the Edmonton 43-yard line. Three plays later, Maier was sacked by Jake Ceresna and the Stamps were forced to punt.

On Calgary’s next possession, Mark McLaurin clawed back an errant pass from Maier, but all the Elks could muster on their practice was Ryan’s single.

Maier threw an eight-yard TD pass to Begelton at 6:29 of the third quarter to give Calgary the lead. After Malik Henry caught a pass from Maier in the end zone for a two-point convert, the Stamps took a 15-8 lead.

After Edmonton’s third consecutive brace on offense to start the second half, the Elks’ woes continued when Romeo McKnight blocked Ryan’s punt and Isaac Adeyemi-Bergland recovered the loose ball at the 12 yard line.

Two plays later, Begelton made a diving catch in the back corner of the end zone to carry a 12-yard TD pass from Maier.

On the ensuing kickoff, the ball hit returner Peyton Logan in the facemask and bounced directly off Edmonton’s Jeremie Dominique, who was knocked down on Calgary’s 35-yard line.

Five plays later, the Elks had to settle for a 15-yard field goal from Castillo.

After Paredes threw a 25-yard field goal to give Calgary a 25-11 lead, Cornelius led the Elks on a 10-play, 70-yard drive which he capped off by throwing a five-yard TD pass to Marshall in the back of the end zone.

Paredes then missed a field goal from 40 yards left, but the ball went through the end zone for a 53-yard single for the game’s final points.

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