The final match up of week four saw two undefeated teams square off for the rights to sole possession of the CFL’s best win-loss record. In the end, Calgary’s offence proved to be too much for the Hamilton defence as the Stampeders won by a margin of 18 points setting up a battle royal when the two powerhouses meet again on August 16. Calgary’s defence opened the scoring for the Stampeders. Hamilton super-back Tony Stewart’s fumble was recovered by Eddie Davis and returned 37 yards for the touchdown. CFL scoring leader Mark McLoughlin kicked the convert. Hamilton got on the board in the first by means of a 63 yard punting single by CFL punting average leader Paul Osbaldiston. McLoughlin extended the Stamps’ lead before the end of the first quarter with a 24 yard field goal. McLoughlin again got the call early in the second and capitalized with a 29 yard field goal. The struggling Tiger-Cats put another single up with a 56 yard Osbaldiston punt. Hamilton’s first major of the game came minutes later following an interception by Tiger-Cat CB Don Robinson. Tony Stewart carried the ball in from the 1 to count six for the Tabbies. Osbaldiston kicked the convert. The two teams swapped field goals before the end of the half. McLoughlin’s came from 19 yards out and Osbaldiston’s from 35 yards with no time left in the half. Calgary controlled the ball for the first part of the third quarter. Calgary QB Jeff Garcia decided to carry the ball in himself for the first time this year and did so from the 29-yard line. McLoughlin’s convert extended the Stamp’s lead to 11. At the 9:00 mark of the quarter, McLoughlin sent his fourth (and final) field goal through the uprights. This blast coming from 24 yards out. Hamilton’s Osbaldiston countered before the end of the quarter with a 29 yard boot of his own. To open the final stanza of the game, Garcia counted his second rushing TD of the night with a 4 yard run for the major. McLoughlin’s point after was good. Tiger-Cat running back Tony Stewart marked his second rushing TD of the night later in the quarter carrying the ball in from the 12. Osbaldiston’s convert brought Hamilton to 22 points on the night, trailing the Stamps by 11 with under ten minutes to play. Calgary iced the game on a 3 yard rushing TD by Kelvin Anderson with 1:15 to play. The Stamps controlled the ball for eight minutes before the scoring play. Hamilton could not come back in the last minute leaving the Stampeders’ alone atop the CFL standings with the League’s only undefeated record.
Kelvin Anderson CGY (RB)
Rodney Harding CGY (DT)
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