Terry Williams and Bo Levi Mitchell assisted the Calgary Stampeders finish their Grey Cup distress.
Williams needed a Grey Cup-record 97-yard punt return for a touchdown and also Calgary beat the Ottawa Redblacks 27-16 on Sunday night after falling brief the past couple of decades at the Canadian Soccer League title match.
Calgary dropped 39-33 in overtime to Ottawa at 2016, and falling a 27-24 decision to Toronto this past year. The Stampeders won their eighth title and first since 2014.
Mitchell — the CFL’s most outstanding player this season after throwing a league-best 35 TD passes — was that the game MVP. The former SMU and Eastern Washington celebrity was 24 of 36 passing for 253 yards and 2 touchdowns, but had two interceptions.
“I understand we spoke that (both previous losses) did not imply anything but we could not make the game bigger than it had been,” Mitchell stated. “We needed to realize that this was just one match and you may only win 1 match and win just one Grey Cup. I believe that the men who were on these 2 teams on the group this past year, the feelings in the 30-second indicate kind of strike. It was not about salvation against anyone else or the team… it felt as though an organization we have been in the top too much to not complete the job. It seems amazing to have it done for the town of Calgary.”
Williams scored on the punt return prior to halftime. The prior Kutztown running nearly fell heading upfield about the slick Commonwealth Stadium turf, but an Ottawa protector engaged using a blocker slid by, enabling Williams to reach the open area, then run beyond punter Richie Leone to create it 21-11.
“I believed I was going to bust my ass to get another, but I grabbed myself saw an opening and then struck it full speed,” Williams stated. “It was large, we had the spark. We had been fighting all match and had to make it happen and we did.”
Stampeders receiver Lemar Durant was chosen the Canadian after producing four catches for 30 yards and a TD and including a 22-yard run.
“It is enormous, it is just like a 100-pound weight lifted me off,” Durant said. “Growing up, all you need to do is a winner and also to have those opportunities and allow them to slide from your hands and believe just like you may not find a shot at this. There has been people in this league 10-plus years and never get an opportunity. To have the ability to return and only get that’s huge.”
Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris has been 20 of 38 for 288 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
“When it does not go your way you truly feel as though you let everyone down and it hurts guy. It hurts,” Harris miserable. “It is dejecting. I am aware that it’s a team sport, but man, it is going to be some time before getting over this one”
Ottawa — at its third Grey Cup in four decades — seemed to score on Greg Ellingson’s acrobatic one-handed catch from the fourth quarter but replays showed the ball hit the turf. The Redblacks ended up turning the ball over on downs in the Calgary 7 with just more than eight minutes remaining.
After Ottawa turned the ball over on downs again, Calgary’s Jamar Wall and Tre Roberson followed with interceptions on consecutive Redblacks possessions. Roberson’s selection came with 1:22 to playwith.