Edmonton Eskimos 23 @ Calgary Stampeders 22

Game Details

  • Week 1
  • 1st Game of Regular Season (9th Overall)
  • Wednesday, Jun 25, 1997 9:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, AB
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 24,868
    • Capacity: 37,317
  • Broadcaster:
    • TSN

Game Notes

Game Summary

The “Battle of Alberta — Round 1” opened the 1997 regular season at McMahon Stadium in Calgary before 25,000 enthusiastic fans. The hometown squad scored first on a 67 yard punting single by Tony Martino. Later in the quarter, last season’s Most Outstanding Rookie – Kelvin Anderson – carried the ball in from the 3-yard line for the first major of the contest. Mark McLoughlin kicked the convert. Edmonton shaved a point off the Calgary lead early in the second quarter when Sean Fleming scored a single on a missed 30-yard field goal attempt. The Stamps added to their lead before the end of the half as Jeff Garcia hit Terry Vaughn for an 11‐yard touchdown pass. McLoughlin’s convert attempted was good putting the Stamps on top by 14 heading into the locker room at half-time. Edmonton scored first in the second half as Danny McManus threw a 22-yard strike to newcomer Robert Gordon. Fleming’s convert cut the Stamp’s lead to 7. Calgary regained their 14-point cushion later in the third quarter as Jeff Garcia scampered in from the 9-yard line for the major. McLoughlin kicked the convert. Edmonton kicker Sean Fleming put his second single of the day on the scoreboard mid way through the fourth quarter on a 46-yard punt. At 12:28 RB Tony Burse cut into the Calgary lead capping a 56-yard drive with a 3 yard run. The Fleming convert left the Eskimos trailing by 6 with 2:32 remaining to play. Edmonton’s defence held the Stamp’s on their next possession giving QB Danny McManus a chance to move the ball and he did just that. McManus led the Eskimos from their own 22-yard line calling on Burse once again to cap the drive. Burse’s 1-yard plunge tied the game. The Eskimos took the lead when Fleming split the uprights with the convert attempt. Again, the Edmonton defence shut down Calgary’s final attempt to regain their lead. Score the 1997 battle of Alberta, Edmonton 1, Calgary 0.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Calgary and Edmonton Matchups
1996Week 10EDM 13 @ CGY 31
Week 11CGY 19 @ EDM 20
Week 18CGY 32 @ EDM 41
Division FinalEDM 15 @ CGY 12
1997Week 1EDM 23 @ CGY 22
Week 10EDM 14 @ CGY 27
Week 11CGY 20 @ EDM 24
Week 15CGY 32 @ EDM 42 OT

Stampeders record vs Eskimos (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Calgary 8–7–0 (0.533)
  • at Edmonton 2–14–0 (0.125)
  • Calgary Total 10–21–0 (0.323)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Calgary 34–46–2 (0.427)
  • at Edmonton 25–56–1 (0.311)
  • Calgary Total 59–102–3 (0.369)

Streaks as of June 25, 1997 (Regular Season)

Stampeders streak at home vs Eskimos
Stampeders streak overall vs Eskimos


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eskimos 0 1 7 15 23
Stampeders 8 7 7 0 22

Eskimos coach: Ron Lancaster (W)
Stampeders coach: Wally Buono (L)

Eskimos (1-0-0) Next @ Roughriders Jul 05
Stampeders (0-1-0) Next @ Lions Jul 04

Game Time Weather in Calgary, AB

June 25th Hourly Weather Summary for Calgary
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
COP Upper 7:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 19.9°C NNE (190°) at 17 km/h 39% 101.60 kPa
COP Upper 8:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 17.8°C NNE (260°) at 13 km/h 40% 101.52 kPa
COP Upper 9:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 16.8°C NNE (240°) at 19 km/h 37% 101.44 kPa
COP Upper 10:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 16.5°C NNE (240°) at 17 km/h 37% 101.35 kPa
COP Upper 11:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 15.2°C NNE (220°) at 17 km/h 39% 101.22 kPa

Conditions at COP Upper (8.78 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

Data from Dark Sky. Contains supplemental data (Conditions, Pressure, Cloud cover) from Dark Sky estimated conditions.

League Records Set and Approached in EDM @ CGY
Including known plays over 55 yards

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)