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Stampeders defense comes up huge in win over Hamilton

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According to the Canadian Football League website, the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 10-7 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Friday evening. With the win, the Stampeders unbeaten record in 2014 continues as they are 3-0.

In a defensive battle on both sides of the football, neither team could get anything going offensively. The Stampeders only had 312 total yards offensively, while the Tiger-Cats only had 254 total yards.

With the game tied at seven points apiece, Rene Paredes kicked a 39 yard field goal for the Stampeders with 6:44 remaining in the contest. The Tiger-Cats had an opportunity to tie the game at 10 and force overtime, but Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock was unable to get a field goal off.

The Tiger-Cats had the early 4-0 first quarter lead on a long 91 yard single by Medlock followed by a 42 yard field goal. The Stampeders responded with an outstanding 26 yard run by Brad Sinopoli for a touchdown at 6:59 in the second quarter. Sinopoli should have been tackled multiple times by Tiger-Cats players but was able to fight them off each time to record the only touchdown by either team in the football game.

In the second half, the Tiger-Cats tied the game at seven on a second field goal by Medlock before the Stampeders won the game on a fourth quarter field goal of their own. The Stampeders were really missing running back Jon Cornish as the offense overall looked poor for Calgary.

A major turning point in the contest came in the first half. On the Tiger-Cats drive immediately after the Stampeders touchdown, Stampeders defensive back Joshua Bell intercepted a Hamilton pass attempt in the end zone to cancel a Tiger-Cats scoring drive.

The Stampeders defense was huge throughout the entire game as they stopped the Tiger-Cats from capitalizing on any sustainable drives and forced Tiger-Cats quarterbacks Jeremiah Masoli and Dan LeFevour to be very uncomfortable. The Tiger-Cats now drop to 0-3. The Stampeders meanwhile next play the 4-0 Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

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