Stampeder game day

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

STAMPEDERS (1-1) AT RENEGADES (1-2) 5 p.m., frank clair stadium tv: cbc, Radio: 770 AM -- QR77

COMING IN:

The Stampeders arrive in Ottawa in the wake of their first win of the season after edging the Bombers 21-15 last week in Winnipeg. The Stamps haven't won back-to-back games since July of 2003 (two head coaches ago), defeating Ottawa and Hamilton.

The Renegades have been a bit of a surprise after upsetting the Montreal Alouettes in overtime (39-36) two weeks ago before throwing a scare into the West Division champion B.C. Lions last week in Vancouver despite losing (37-29).

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HEAD TO HEAD:

The Renegades won both meetings with the Stampeders last season, including the ridiculous final-minute gift when Calgary attempted a passing play while protecting a two-point lead before losing 31-30. The Stampeders have lost three straight to the Renegades and last defeated Ottawa in July of 2003.

The Stampeders are 2-4-0 against Ottawa since the franchise returned to the CFL as the Renegades. The last Stampeders victory in Ottawa was 26-22 on Sept. 22, 2002.

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ROSTER MOVES:

CALGARY -- The Stampeders will re-gain the services of two starters who sat last week in Winnipeg with minor hamstring injuries. Returning are import linebacker George White, taking the roster spot of Cornelius Anthony, while import running back Ronney Jenkins replaces Tony Stallings.

The Stampeders have added import Gerald Harris at wide receiver in place of MarTay Jenkins, while Clay Roberson is added as a backup defensive end in place of Terrence Patrick.

OTTAWA -- Import defensive end Anthony Collier, who collected five sacks last week against Vancouver, is out with a knee injury and will be replaced by former Stampeder Kai Ellis. Along the o-line, import Reggie Nelson (ankle) will sit in favour of rookie Morris Unutoa making his second CFL start.

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MATCHUPS:

WHEN CALGARY HAS THE BALL -- The Stampeders offence is still talking about getting on the same page and developing chemistry and there's no better time to begin than this week in Ottawa. Starting quarterback Henry Burris knows he needs to be sharper with his passes after completing just 17 of 34 attempts last week in Winnipeg. His receiving corps, led by pricey free agent Jeremaine Copeland along with Nik Lewis and Ken-Yon Rambo, also has to be more reliable, while MarTay Jenkins has been yanked in favour of newcomer Gerald Harris.

The first two games of the season have been marred by a number of dropped balls and wayward routes, while the offence has found the endzone just once.

Steady running back Joffrey Reynolds, reliable along the ground the first two weeks, will again be assigned with piling up first-down yardage to allow Burris room to throw downfield.

The Renegades defensive line pushed around the B.C. Lions last week in Vancouver, sacking Dave Dickenson six times. The Stampeders o-line should put up a better fight protecting Burris tonight.

WHEN OTTAWA HAS THE BALL -- The Renegades offence is powered by versatile quarterback Kerry Joseph, whose strong arm and powerful running can cause headaches for opposing defences. Joseph leans heavily on import running back Josh Ranek, who also leads the team with 16 receptions through three games this season.

Joseph also has at his disposal wide receivers Jason Armstead and Frank Cutolo while inside are Yo Murphy and Pat Woodcock.

The Renegades offensive line has struggled with pass protection early this season, allowing 16 QB sacks through three games. It should have its hands full with the Stampeders front seven which expects to put plenty of heat on Joseph.

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NOTABLES:

Stampeders linebacker John Grace is a bit surprised some CFL teams are underestimating the talent on the Renegades, his former club. "They're a formidable team, even though most people wrote them off at the beginning of the season," Grace said. "People said they didn't have Canadian talent, didn't have this or that, but when they line up inside the lines, they come ready to play and they've been in it with everybody this season." ... Stampeders centre Jamie Crysdale is playing his 208th consecutive game ... Stampeders halfback Anthony Malbrough is a former Renegade who signed with Calgary in the off-season as a free agent.


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