Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mitchell Leads Stamps Past Ticats to Extend Unbeaten Streak to Record 13 Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mitchell Leads Stamps Past Ticats to Extend Unbeaten Streak to Record 13 Games

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Mitchell leads Stamps to record-setting win

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HAMILTON - DaVaris Daniels made sure he shared his big day with Mylan Hicks's family.

The rookie receiver had two TD catches as Calgary beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 36-17 to extend their unbeaten streak to a CFL-record 13 games Saturday.

The Stampeders (12-1-1) earned their 11th straight win playing for the first time since Hicks, a 23-year-old defensive back on the club's practice roster, died early Sunday morning in a shooting outside a Calgary nightclub.

After hauling in Bo Levi Mitchell's 59-yard scoring strike in the first half for his second TD of the half, Daniels earmarked the ball for Hicks's mother, Rene Hill, who spoke to the Stampeders last week about her son.

"I just wanted to go out there and play for my brother, play for his family and give them a gift," the former Notre Dame star said. "I don't know what I can give them but I can give them that.

"It's just special for me. I'm just happy that I was able to do it for him."

There was a moment of silence prior to kickoff in Hicks's memory. Safety Jamal Wall wore Hicks's No. 31 and will for the remainder of season while the Stampeders donned a No. 31 sticker on the back of their helmets.

"It was a tough week preparing, I felt drained all week and I know everybody did," said Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. "I think it was good to get out here because we knew he was with us, he was out there watching us and helping us out."

The Stampeders wasted no time taking control. They opened the game with a six-play, 84-yard scoring march that Mitchell capped with a 16-yard scoring strike to Daniels at 3:39 before finding Kamar Jorden on the two-point convert. That helped stake Calgary to a 22-9 half-time lead.

Mitchell was 21-of-30 passing for 299 yards with the two TDs and two interceptions. He improved to a stellar 40-7-1 as a CFL starter.

"That first drive, heading all the way down there you couldn't help but kind of look up and think the guy was looking over you," Mitchell said.

Daniels had five catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He capped the opening drive with a nice toe-tap catch, something he said Hicks helped him master in practice.

"That was all him," Daniels said. "He used to tell me, 'Double D, I'm not out there today so there's no reason why you shouldn't ball out.'

"I'm going to carry that with me the rest of my life. Without him working me in practice maybe I don't make that toe-tap. It's definitely something I gained from him and I'm happy I had the chance to be his teammate."

Calgary hasn't lost since a season-opening 20-18 decision in B.C. on June 25. The Stampeders also hold the CFL record for most consecutive wins, 22, registered over the 1948-49 seasons.

Calgary's tie was a 26-26 decision in Ottawa on July 8. Rookie head coach Dave Dickenson earned his 12th win, one short of the league single-season record held jointly by Adam Rita (1991 with Toronto), Stampeders president John Hufnagel (2008) and Mike Benevides (2012 with B. …

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