Sharing top spot satisfies Stamps

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

They can take some solace in the fact they awoke yesterday in first place, but the Calgary Stampeders know it's a tenuous position.

Saturday's dominant 34-4 victory over the Toronto Argonauts coupled with Saskatchewan's 27-21 loss to the B.C. Lions put the Stamps into a tie with the defending Grey Cup champions at 8-4.

But with the Edmonton Eskimos and the Lions both at 7-5, the Stamps could lose Saturday in Toronto and be back into a tie for fourth.

Still, the Stamps control their destiny after fighting to get into first with a three-game win streak.

"It's a nice place to be," said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel. "But we don't put a whole lot of credence to it at this point.

"All season long, we've been in a one-game-at-a-time mode. When the season is over, we'll add them up and see where we are.

"Hopefully, we would be in a good position after that. We want to be playing our best football at that time. There's a lot of football left.

"The guys have worked hard and we have won some tough games, but we've lost some tough games. It's been an interesting year. There are a lot of teams in the same position we are. It's such a tight race in the West division."

Although the Stamps were clearly the better team against the woeful Argos, Hufnagel said there are plenty of places to improve.

The Stamps won the battle in two of the three phases, but were not as sharp on offence as they would have liked to be.

They did just enough on offence to win, but they settled for four field goals, twice after getting the ball with good field position following a turnover.

"We have to play more skilled on the offence," Hufnagel said. "Toronto's defence played really hard and made some plays against us. But there were some plays we should have made but didn't."


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