Stampeders score late win over Roughriders

Stampders QB Drew Tate looked a little rusty Thursday in Regina despite a Stamps win. (DARREN...

Stampders QB Drew Tate looked a little rusty Thursday in Regina despite a Stamps win. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Calgary Sun file photo)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:10 PM ET

Maybe Drew Tate just doesn't like the rain.

Because it's definitely not the locks.

The Calgary Stampeders quarterback's long hair is gone, and despite another rusty performance, Tate & Co. managed to pull out a 24-23 road win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the final pre-season tuneup on a wet Thursday night in Regina.

But despite the black clouds hovering over Calgary, while the Stamps took shelter in Canada's Breadbasket, it's not all doom and gloom as Rene Paredes kicked the game-winning field goal — his third of the game — late in the fourth quarter.

Tate finished only 9-of-21 for 107 yards and a touchdown in two quarters of work, missing a number of open receivers — many of the misses came on under-thrown balls — but there were flashes.

Tate and Maurice Price continued to build chemistry, with Price hauling in five balls for 43 yards.

He also found veteran fullback Rob Cote running free across the middle for a major.

The Stamps finish the pre-season at an even 1-1, with both games coming down to late field goals.

The Riders opened the scoring after LaMarcus Coker fumbled the opening kickoff and the Riders capitalized. Running back Kory Sheets ripped off an 11-yard gain, taking it down to the Stampeders one-yard line, where Sheets would finish it off for the major and an early 7-0 lead.

After going two-and-out on the first series, Tate settled in and starting finding the open man.

Paredes booted a 37-yard field goal to cut into the Riders lead, before Tate put together a nine-play scoring drive to capitalize on defensive tackle Demonte' Bolden's interception of Riders QB Darian Durant off a tipped pass near the line of scrimmage.

Tate hit Nik Lewis down the sideline and watched as the 10-year veteran lowered his shoulder into a tackler. Then, after quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell converted a third-and-short, Stamps running back Jon Cornish rumbled for 11 yards.

Tate would then hit fullback Rob Cote running free over the middle and the fullback, in his seventh season, took it in for a 10-7 lead.

Punter Rob Maver tacked on a punt single that Riders returner Jock Sanders bumbled near the goal-line, and Paredes would hit another mid-range field goal, this one from 35 yards, for a 14-7 Stampeders lead heading into halftime.

Paredes continues to be deadly accurate from all over the field, as he's converted four straight pre-season field goals after hitting on 93% last season.

Backed up to start the second half with fourth-stringer Ryan Perrilloux in at quarterback, the Stamps conceded an early safety to make it 14-9.

The field position move backfired, however, as Durant drove the Riders down the field, hitting Chris Getzlaf for 19 yards and Sheets for an 11-yard gain, before Sheets waltzed in from 12 yards out to give the home side a 16-14 lead.

The Riders kept pouring it on in the third quarter, as Sheets broke off a 50-yard run down the left sideline, stumbling his way inside the five-yard line.

Durant finished it off, finding receiver Scott McHenry for a four-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 23-14.

Glenn came in at quarterback for the Stamps on the next series and promptly engineered a scoring drive, with Coker punching it in from the one-yard line on the second play of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to two points.

Paredes would finish off the scoring with 2:39 left to play, booting a 29-yarder.

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