AT SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS
2 P.M., TAYLOR FIELD
TV: TSN, RADIO: 770 AM -- QR77
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The Stampeders have won four of their last five games, including a 34-17 win over Hamilton last Friday. It was QB Henry Burris's first game back after suffering torn ligaments in his left (non-throwing) hand Sept. 9 in Edmonton.
The Roughies have lost two straight after piecing together a five-game win streak with former Stampeders pivot Marcus Crandell at QB. The hot streak has put them in the hunt for a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive season. The winner today is guaranteed at least a wild-card crossover berth into the CFL East playoffs.
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The Stampeders pummeled an injury riddled Green Machine 44-18 July 23 at McMahon Stadium, their only other meeting this year. That score was flattering to the Roughies who were down 41-4 in the third quarter, although the team was without six of its starters. The first game gives the Stampeders a 26-point advantage in the two-game season series that would be used as a tie breaker to determine playoff seedings at the end of the regular season.
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* CALGARY -- Centre Jamie Crysdale, the longest serving Stampeder in his 13th season, is out after undergoing a second arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He may be out for the season and will be replaced by non-import rookie Godfrey Ellis while rookie o-lineman John Comiskey is added to the roster. On defence, import DB Coby Rhinehart takes the roster spot of Cornelius Anthony while non-import LB Marc Calixte is in for Lawrence Deck.
* SASKATCHEWAN -- The Riders add import R Travis Moore, idle the last eight games, for Karsten Bailey while import DE Daved Benefield takes the spot of Dwayne LeFall.
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* WHEN CALGARY HAS THE BALL -- Stamps starter Henry Burris will be relying on slotbacks Jeremaine Copeland and Nik Lewis to again carry the load inside. The twosome teamed up for 11 catches for 142 yards and one TD in the first meeting three months ago. Running back Joffrey Reynolds also had one of his best nights of the season against the Riders first time around with 150 yards on 18 carries.
* WHEN SASKATCHEWAN HAS THE BALL -- 'Riders starter Marcus Crandell, a former Stamp, has succeeded this season with an ultraconservative game plan relying heavily on outstanding backs Corey Holmes and Kenton Keith. Although the tandem was limited to 37 yards rushing in the first meeting, an early deficit forced QB Nealon Greene to go to the air in search of offence. The return of Moore, a former teammate of Crandell's in Calgary, to the lineup is intended to spark the offence.
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With a win, the Stamps would have nine on the season for the first time since 2000 ... Former Roughriders now in Red and White: Henry Burris, Demetrious Maxie, Sheldon Napastuk, George White and Lawrence Deck ... One-time Stamps now dressed in Green: Fred Childress, Marcus Crandell, Eddie Davis, Travis Moore and Ibrahim Tounkara.
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Catch all the action today on QR77. Jay Donald and Billy Powers will have the pre-game show at 1 p.m. Mark Stephen provides the play-by-play with colour work by Greg Peterson. Join Jay Donald and Billy Powers for the post-game show.