According to the Canadian Press, the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30-20 on Saturday afternoon from Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton. With the victory, the Stampeders improve to 6-1 and move into first place in the Western Division of the Canadian Football League, while Hamilton falls to 1-6.
Bo Levi Mitchell led the Stampeders' offensive attack with 271 yards passing and another 33 yards rushing. Mitchell also had a touchdown through the air to Jeff Fuller and another rushing touchdown.
The Stampeders also got a great performance from running back Hugh Charles who had 102 yards rushing. It will be interesting to see if Mitchell or Charles will be honoured by the CFL this week with player of the week honours. Despite the Stampeders' strong record of five games above the .500 mark, only Jock Sanders has been named player of the week this season. Sanders was the special teams player of the week in week three after he ran 121 yards on an unsuccessful field goal return in a 34-15 win over the Toronto Argonauts.
On Saturday, the Stampeders also got a huge play on defense. With 1:49 left in the contest, with the Tiger-Cats having the football and only trailing by a field goal, a Jeremiah Masoli pass was intercepted by Jamar Wall. The turnover then set up a two yard touchdown run by Drew Tate that put the Stampeders up 30-20.
The Western Division remains significantly stronger than the Eastern Division. The five teams in the Western Division have a combined record of 26-10, while the Eastern Division is 6-22. All teams in the West are above .500 and all teams in the East are below .500. The divisional disparity has made some argue that there should only be one division in the Canadian Football League. It is just unfortunate you will have one very good football team miss the playoffs and an absolutely pitiful club make the postseason.