A field goal from Rene Paredes with 30 seconds left in the game and a pair of touchdowns from Ka’Deem Carey led the Calgary Stampeders to a 30-27 victory over the Montreal Alouettes to open the CFL season on Thursday.
Calgary’s Malik Henry made a touchdown catch. Paredes was good on all three of his field goal attempts in front of an announced crowd of 21,139 at McMahon Stadium.
Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell completed 21 of 34 pass attempts for 199 yards. The Calgary starter threw a touchdown pass and was intercepted.
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Mitchell limped a little as he headed out to the side in the fourth period, backup Jake Maier equalized for Calgary’s last two attempts.
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Maier navigated the Stampeders to the field-goal area for Paredes to finish the job from 38 yards.
Montreal running back William Stanback, the CFL’s top rusher last season, was taken off the field in the second quarter after his touchdown reception in the first.
Alouettes starting quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. scored a touchdown, as did third-string center Dominique Davis in a few-yard drop. David Cote added a couple of field goals.
Adams Jr., completed 18 of 31 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted twice in his first game since October 11, 2021, when he suffered a season-ending arm injury in a game against Ottawa.
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The Stampeders (8-6-0) finished third in the Western Division last season and lost the division semifinals in overtime to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The Alouettes (7-7) were also third in the Eastern Division and dispatched in the semifinals by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Carey ranked second in the league in rushing yards behind Stanback in 2021. His second touchdown on a five-yard rush and a Walls conversion to start the fourth quarter gave the hosts a three-point lead.
Cote tied the Alouettes, however, with his 23-yard field goal with 4:09 left in the game.
Paredes was good from 41 yards and 23 yards for Calgary to lose 24-20 in the fourth period. Calgary defensive lineman Mike Rose blocked Cote’s field goal attempt in the final minute of the third.
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Montreal scored 10 points in the last two minutes of the first half to lead 24-14.
Adarius Pickett caught Mitchell to give the ball to the Als in midfield after Cote’s 26-yard field goal. Adams Jr., ran the ball seven yards and bounced over Calgary quarterback Dionte Ruffin to reach the end zone.
Stanback suffered an apparent leg injury leading the ball to the one-yard line midway through the second quarter. Davis finished the race after Stanback was ejected from the field.
The 2021 Eastern Division nominee for the league’s most outstanding player totaled 11 yards on three carries before leaving the game.
Carey was responsible for 38 yards, including a two-yard rush for a major, from Calgary’s 58 yards in the second quarter to lead 14–7 after a Walls conversion.
The team traded touchdowns in the opening quarter that ended 7-7.
Stanback closed a 74-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown. Calgary scored first before the game’s five-minute mark as Rose hit Adam Jr.
From the 49-yard line, Mitchell threw a six-play drive ended by Henry’s 10-yard touchdown catch. Henry dove in and planted the ball just above the goal line to score.
The Alouettes are in Toronto to face the Argonauts and the Stampeders travel to Hamilton to meet the Tiger-Cats in week 2.
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