EDMONTON – Rene Paredes nailed four field goals as the Calgary Stampeders became the sole remaining undefeated team in the Canadian Football League with a 26-22 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday.
The Stampeders improved to 4-0 on the season while quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell improved to 7-0 as a CFL starter, tying former Stampeder Jeff Garcia’s league record for best start.
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.
Edmonton’s defence was forced to come up big early as Eskimos punt returner Jamal Miles coughed up the ball just over a minute into the game on his own 27-yard line. That was as close as Calgary got, however, as the Stampeders were held to a 36-yard Paredes field goal.
The Eskimos came right back on their next possession with a 31-yard Grant Shaw field goal to tie it 3-3.
Calgary came up with another big special teams play with six minutes remaining in the first quarter as Keenan MacDougall blocked a Shaw punt deep in the Edmonton zone and was able to pick it up and ramble the remaining six yards into the end zone to put the Stampeders up 10-3.
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