The second half of the season kicked off with four big rematches, coming in the wake of a Scotiabank Labour Day Weekend to remember.
It all started with the Battle of Alberta, which showcased two feisty teams battling for key positioning in the West Division standings, as Jon Cornish had a career night in leading the Stamps to a narrow last-minute win for the second straight week.
Saturday featured a double-header, as the Ticats couldn’t avenge a touch Labour Day loss, falling 45-31 at the Rogers Centre to a red hot Ricky Ray and Chad Kackert.
In the second game, the Lions showed why they’re still the class of the league with an offensive assault in the second half on the way to a 43-10 win.
The week finished off with the highly-anticipated Banjo Bowl on Sunday, and it was just as thrilling as promised, as the Riders stole two key points on a last-play field goal by Sandro DeAngelis, securing a 25-24 win in Winnipeg.
Calgary 20, Edmonton 18
EDMONTON -- Jon Cornish had a career-high 185 yards on the ground and one touchdown, as the Stamps just held on for a tight 20-18 win on Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium.
Kerry Joseph went 27-35 for 275 yards in just his second start in two years, but struggled to get his team in the end zone as the Esks were held to just 18 points, with seven of those coming on special teams.
The Stamps, meanwhile, had their best defensive performance of the season, holding the dreaded Esks three-headed monster to just 45 yards.
Toronto 45, Hamilton 31
TORONTO -- Chad Kackert scored the first of his three touchdowns on the team’s first possession of the game, on the way to 239 yards from scrimmage as the Argos scored early and often in a 45-31 win over rival Hamilton.
With the win, the Argos swept the Labour Day series, while moving into a tie for first place with the Montreal Alouettes atop the East Division.
Henry Burris had three touchdown tosses for the ‘Cats, including a 35-yard strike to Sam Giguere for the rookie non-import’s first career CFL touchdown.
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BC 43, Montreal 10
VANCOUVER -- Travis Lulay and the hungry Lions’ offence flexed their muscles for the second week in a row, as the second-year starter tossed four touchdown passes in a dominant 43-10 win over the Als at BC Place.
The Als went ahead early in the game, when Anthony Calvillo hooked up with Jamel Richardson to put them ahead 7-3 in the first quarter, but the Lions responded soon after and never looked back.
Each of the Lions’ five touchdowns were scored by different players, and with the win BC improved to a league-best 7-3 record.
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Saskatchewan 25, Winnipeg 24
WINNIPEG -- Sandro DeAngelis hit from 40 yards out with no time left on the clock, as the Riders stunned a spirited Canad Inns Stadium crowd with an unlikely last-second drive to cap off a 25-24 win over the Bombers.
Drew Willy came off the bench in the first quarter for an injured Darian Durant, completing 17 of 23 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown to lead the Green and White to its second straight win over the Bombers, bringing them back to .500 football in the wake of a five-game losing streak.
Joey Elliott was solid for the Bombers, completing 19 of 33 passes for 241 yards and avoiding any turnovers, while running back Chad Simpson carried nine times for 74 yards in a losing effort.
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