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Pre-Season Recap: Edmonton 17, Calgary 20

CALGARY -- Brad Sinopoli made good on his limited playing time on Friday night.

The Peterborough, Ont. native threw the game game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion, paving the way for Rob Maver to complete the comeback with a last-second field goal, as the Stamps stole a victory from the Eskimos to close out the first week of pre-season action.

With the Ricky Ray era officially behind them, the Edmonton Eskimos sent out 25-year old Matt Nichols to start under centre.

Nichols put together an impressive first drive, connecting on two passes for 42 yards, including a 29-yard completion to receiver Cary Koch.

» By the Numbers: Fred Bennett - 2 INT, 1 TKL,  Brad Sinopoli - 5/8, 55 YDS, 1 TD, 20 LG

Nichols, however, would run into trouble on his first series of the second quarter, as he was intercepted by Stampeders DB Fred Bennett.

On Calgary’s ensuing drive, tailback Jon Cornish would lead the Stamps downfield with a series of solid gains on the ground.

But the Calgary offence was unable to capitalize off their turnover, with Tate throwing an interception that would be returned for a touchdown by Burnett, increasing Edmonton's lead to 8-0 with just over 10 minutes to go in the half.

Edmonton would add to their lead on their next possession, courtesy of a 45-yard field goal by Derek Schiavone.

Just prior to the three-minute warning, Kevin Glenn was inserted into the game in favour of Tate.

The 27-year old Tate connected on six of his 11 passes for 66 yards and an interception in his first outing of the new season.

After Edmonton kicker Derek Schiavone extended the Eskimos’ lead to 11 with a 45-yard field goal, Calgary kicker Rene Paredes answered back with a field goal of his own, getting the Stamps on the board from 35 yards out.

Paredes would tack on another field goal with 18 seconds remaining, cutting Edmonton’s lead to five at the half.

Though Nichols was replaced by Jeremiah Masoli midway through the second quarter, he was inserted back into the game to start the third.

But he continued to struggle throwing the ball, being intercepted for a second time by Bennett.

After both teams were unable to generate any traction offensively on consecutive drives, the Stamps inched within two points of Edmonton’s lead thanks to a 50-yard field goal by Maver.

The field goal clinic would continue into the fourth quarter, with Edmonton kicker Grant Shaw connecting on a 21-yard chip shot, extending his team's lead to 14-9.

With  Sinopoli in the game, the Stampeders embarked on one final drive, with two minutes remaining.

The 2010 Hec Crighton Trophy winner marched the Stamps downfield, capping off a 13-play, 79-yard drive with a five-yard TD strike to receiver Marquay McDaniel, bringing the Stamps within two.

On the two-point conversion, Sinopoli connected with McDaniel again, tying the game at 17.

After the Esks went two-and-out on the ensuing drive, the Stampeders special teams unit came up big, blocking a Schiavone punt.

Taking over from the Edmonton 25-yard line, the Stamps sent out Maver to complete the unlikely comeback.

One play later, Maver connected on a 30-yard field goal, giving the Stamps a 20-17 pre-season victory.

Fan Comments

Who gives go lions OF Bc
June 16, 2012 - 3:01pm
Keeping in mind Edmonton left most of their starts at home I though the Esks showed very well. Both Kock and Coehoorn looked good Scales and Colins did not, Chambers was fine for a raw rookie. Both Ross and Goebel looked solid, Flis did not. Nichols looked like a rookie, but did enough to stick. Don't think Masoli will be on the opening day roster maybe the PR.

Burnett and the rest of the secondary looked good, but defenses should be ahead of offenses at this stage. Thought the front 4 for the Esks created plenty of pressure even without a full defensive package in.

Can't wait to see Carr, Bowman, Stamps and the rest of the 1st team offense this Thursday. Also looking forward to seeing the starts on Defense such as Williams, Sherritt, Munoz and Hill.
June 16, 2012 - 10:25am
genre slur
Bennett, Pall, Iwebema, Teague, White, plus a few other D-lineman (Davis Vaughn, Stover McCoy) all deserve more analysis on D. Vinson was solid, too.
Filer, Goddard, Dewit, Wilson all made good -- Goddard and Dewit especially, given the playing time. B Tucker and D Tate seemed the most nervous, unfortunately. They deserve more. Bauman made good, so did walter, kind of. Hard to watch Parker's misfortune. Also Sinopoli -- Attention, etc! Sinopoli's potential is attenuated by lack of experience, but that cat has the brain, the stature, the arm, and the legs to pull off at least what Dunigan did. Give him more responsibility and patience so that he may catch up to the U.S. cats, and he WILL be starting somewhere in the CFL -- Ottawa, perhaps? Horsepower...
June 16, 2012 - 3:10am
als rule
in TC and exhibition games players are never that good or that bad BUT the games at times can be some UGLY.
June 16, 2012 - 8:07am
DeWitt filled in admirably for Ticats injured Hage at centre the last half of 2011. Was sorry to see him go in the trade. Also thought Tate didn't look too great early on.
June 16, 2012 - 10:33am
als rule
GS: relax. during TC and exhibition games players look not that bad nor that good.
June 16, 2012 - 3:23pm