Double their pleasure

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The Calgary Stampeders got home extremely late last night but they had a good night's sleep.

They finally got the sweep.

Joffrey Reynolds ran for 100 yards and Henry Burris hit Jeremaine Copeland and Ken-Yon Rambo on second-half touchdown passes as the Stamps beat the Eskimos 20-17 last night in front of 42,329 at Commonwealth Stadium.

With a 35-24 victory Monday at home, Calgary swept the Labour Day and season series for the first time since 1998, and won two games at Commonwealth Stadium during one regular season for the first time since 1980.

The Stamps separated themselves a bit from the Eskimos by moving to 5-4-1 and safely into third place in the West Division.

The Eskimos are now 3-6-1 and have lost three straight while lingering in the basement.

The Eskimos' four previous home games were decided by just five points, so it was no surprise this one came down to the wire.

Leading by a field goal midway through the fourth quarter, the Stamps got a huge play from linebacker Shannon James, who sacked Ray on a first down while the Eskimos were at the Stamps 25.

Sean Fleming then missed the 40-yard field goal, which would have tied the contest, the kicker's second miss of the game.

The Stamps took the ball on their own five-yard line but managed to drive to midfield and put the Eskimos deep in their own end.

After some halftime adjustments, the Stamps came out firing to start the second half, going on a seven-play, 78-yard drive mostly on the back of running back Reynolds.

Reynolds, who had 23 yards in the first half, managed to run for 38 on the drive, and was the victim of a Rahim Abdullah unnecessary roughness penalty.

The next time they got the ball, Burris executed a great seven-play, 72-yard stomp finishing with a 12-yard TD pass to Jeremaine Copeland.

Just like Labour Day, the Eskimos built a halftime lead, this time only 13-6 instead of 21-16.

On the first play from scrimmage, Ricky Ray hit Kamau Peterson on a short out pattern, but the former Stampeder broke a tackle and turned upfield for a 64-yard gain, setting up a Fleming field goal.

Before the end of the quarter, Ray was able to engineer an eight-play, 54-yard scoring drive, capped by a four-yard pass to fullback Mathieu Bertrand.

The Stamps replied with two Sandro DeAngelis field goals in the second quarter, one set up when Scott Coe drilled Ray and knocked the ball loose for Tearrius George to recover.

Near the end of the first half, Burris was able to get the Stamps near field-goal range, but then the offence imploded.

Burris was sacked twice and Jay McNeil took a procedure penalty to put the club into a third-and-42 situation.

The Stamps couldn't even get the punt to get the first-down yardage.

In what has become a common trend, the Stamps offence got off to a slow start, getting their first first down with a minute remaining in the opening quarter.


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