'Gades throw it away

Ottawa Sun staff

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

A 45-23 loss to the Stampeders in Calgary? Embarrasing.

Blame another horrible second half. And too many mistakes ... offering glimpses of how good and bad they can play.

And all of it with a third-string quarterback at the helm for the Stampeders. With Henry Burris already on the sidelines, the Stampeders lost Jason Gesser when he went down with a suspected broken ankle in the second quarter. But third-stringer Danny Wimprine was good enough to beat the Renegades.

Calgary was led by powerful running back Joffrey Reynolds, who rumbled for 184 yards.

Ottawa's special teams were far from special. Crappy, in fact. A botched convert took some of the shine off an early touchdown drive by the Renegades. Shoddy tackling on kickoffs and punts gave the Stampeders solid field position throughout the game.

Matt Kellett actually had a couple of good punts; of course, followed by big returns by the Stampeders.

The stats will show that QB Kerry Joseph had a good game. But too many times the Renegades threw short in second-down situations, coming up short more often than not. And getting flagged for illegal passes, stepping over the line before throwing on a couple of occasions, also didn't help Joseph, who also tossed an interception directly to a defender ... again.

Ottawa has now lost five straight.

Jason Armstead's fumble on a punt with just three minutes left drove the nail in the coffin, resulting in a Jeremaine Copeland TD.

Oh, there were positives. Korey Banks scored a touchdown on his eighth interception of the season.

David Azzi and Pat Woodcock both hauled in touchdown passes.


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