CALGARY -- One week they’re up; the next they’re down.
It’s been the story of the season for the Calgary Stampeders, and they hope that by the time they return to the field following their bye week, the story will take a slight turn for the better.
By no means have the Stampeders been a disappointment through five games this season. Though they sit in fourth place in the West Division at 2-3, the team still enters every game with the potential to win in a variety of fashions.
Their first win of the year arrived in Week 1, a 38-10 thrashing of the Montreal Alouettes, while their second arrived three weeks later in a stunning come-from-behind overtime win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The difference between the two wins? The man under centre.
With Drew Tate out with a shoulder injury for an extended period of time, Kevin Glenn has been handed the reins to the offence – and he’s been doing a fine job too.
Since taking over for Tate, Glenn has completed 90 passes for 1,108 yards and six touchdowns. And despite the fact that his 1-2 record leaves much to be desired, it’s a matter of reading between the lines for Glenn.
The first of his two losses arrived in a shocking development quite similar to the situation that saw him win.
Glenn carried the Calgary offence to a fourth-quarter lead, but threw a costly interception late in the final frame, handing the Als the victory.
His second defeat arrived last week, where it seemed that the entire Calgary team was unable to develop any traction – eventually being steamrolled by the defending Grey Cup champs at home.
What will it take for the Stampeders to be able to build momentum off wins like they earned over the Roughriders? Receiver Nik Lewis has been playing exceptional football, but he and Glenn will need a far better effort from their supporting cast.
Since rushing for 86 yards and two touchdowns in Calgary’s season-opener, tailback Jon Cornish hasn’t been able to find much success on the ground.
In his first year as the team’s undisputed starting running back, Cornish has managed to register just 113 yards and one touchdown in his last four appearances.
That includes last week’s disappointing outing where he ran for minus-one yards on six carries.
Last season, Cornish compiled 863 yards and nine touchdowns in shared action with Joffrey Reynolds, leading many to assume that what he’s experiencing now is a mere dry spell.
Having an offensive trio of Glenn, Cornish and Lewis is one that could most certainly prove to be a dangerous one.
In fact, it already has.
It’s just a matter of being dangerous at the same time.