Elks to meet Stampeders in battle of Alberta
Published Friday, June 24, 2022 5:35PM MDT
Calgary Stampeders Silas Stewart (44) tackles Edmonton Elks Derel Walker (87) during first half CFL pre season action in Edmonton, Friday, June 3, 2022 (The Canadian Press/Jason Franson).
The Calgary Stampeders have won a pair of close games to begin the season, while the Edmonton Elks have dropped a pair of double-digit decisions.
The Stampeders (2-0) look to continue their good fortune at the expense of the Elks (0-2) on Saturday when they host their provincial rivals.
Calgary eked out a 30-27 win over the Montreal Alouettes on June 9 and a 33-30 victory in overtime against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last Saturday. The Stampeders have surrendered the second-most passing yards this season and face an Edmonton club that signed top wide receiver Kenny Lawler in the offseason.
Lawler, who was the CFL's leading receiver in yardage (1,014) in 2021, is off to a fast start in 2022 with 17 catches for 221 receiving yards and a touchdown.
"They added some heat with Kenny Lawler, we know he's a big-time player," Stampeders defensive back Raheem Wilson said, per the Calgary Herald. "We're just going to make sure we know where everybody is at all times, make sure we know where the numbers are and make sure we're in a position to make plays ourselves.
"We know they're a good group, but we're a good group, too."
The Stampeders showed that last Saturday when they overcame a 24-3 halftime deficit against the Tiger-Cats.
Bo Levi Mitchell completed 28 of 42 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the win for Calgary.
Edmonton, on the other hand, was blown out 59-15 in the season opener against the B.C. Lions on June 11. The Elks were more competitive last Saturday before dropping a 26-16 decision to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Nick Arbuckle rebounded from a three-interception performance against the Lions by throwing for 315 yards and a touchdown versus the Roughriders.
"I'm looking forward to going out there and being on the opposing side and being in the visiting locker room and going up against Bo," said Arbuckle, who spent his first two seasons in the CFL with the Stampeders.
"Whenever you get a chance to go up against one of the best quarterbacks in the history of our league, that's a fun challenge."
--Field Level Media