Stamps hope to remain unbeaten

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

TORONTO — The Calgary Stampeders have a chance to accomplish something they haven’t done in a decade.

The last time the Stamps won the season’s first three games it was 2000 when they were at the end of a decade-long run of great teams.

With a victory Wednesday night against the Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre, the Stamps would go 3-0 for the first time since Dave Dickenson was the quarterback — which was coincidentally the last time Calgary had a CFL most outstanding player.

“It’s impressive because it’s hard to win on the road,” said Stamps starting quarterback Henry Burris. “To win back-to-back games in five days, that’s a huge statement right there. It doesn’t matter who you are playing against.”

Every July, the Stamps face a major hurdle in their first few weeks of the season, but this year’s schedule was a huge challenge.

Because the team gets out of town when Stampede takes over the city, there is always a two straight road outings with which to contend.

This year, they have two games in five days, which is never easy, especially because the team didn’t come home in between outings.

Beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 23-22 Saturday was a good start, now to finish it off with a victory over the Argos.

“The players understand what’s at stake,” said head coach John Hufnagel. “They can go home with a successful road trip.

“It’s something that was talked about since the first day of training camp, about our opening games.

“They’ve accomplished a lot so far, but there is one more chore to do. It will be a difficult task. We have to play well to have a chance to win.”

Last season, the Stamps went 4-5 away from home and were 4-4 against the weaker East Division. Only one of those wins came away from McMahon Stadium, and that was against the 3-15 Argos.

If the Stamps can go 3-0, it will have an impact on the standings down the road.

“If we get to three here, it will be a huge accomplishment because this sets us out on one of goals this year,” Burris said.

ian.busby@calgarysun.com


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