Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Stampeders Seek Bounce-Back Win against Rested Saskatchewan Roughriders

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Stampeders Seek Bounce-Back Win against Rested Saskatchewan Roughriders

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Calgary Stampeders seek bounce-back win

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CALGARY - The Calgary Stampeders haven't lost back-to-back games since 2012 for a span of 91 regular-season games without two losses in a row.

They intend to preserve that stat Saturday when they face the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

After last week's 30-23 loss in Montreal to the Alouettes, the Stampeders (2-1-1) are at home to the Roughriders (1-2) who are coming off a bye week following their first win of the season.

"Losing back to back is something that is uncharacteristic of us and I don't expect it happening this time either," Calgary defensive end Charleston Hughes said Friday at McMahon Stadium.

Last season's CFL sack leader returns to Calgary's active roster after sitting out a pair of games with a leg injury.

Hughes will line up opposite former teammate Derek Dennis, who was a Stampeder in 2016 when he won the CFL award for best offensive lineman.

"I'm the reason why Dennis is who he is today," Hughes declared. "I helped him mould his career. He knows he's got to go against the best and he has to face the best."

Replied Dennis: "Why he feels that way I have no clue at all, but I mean, hey man, whatever floats his boat, floats his boat.

"I may say some things to him just to have fun with it. I'm not letting the hype of me and him going against each other distract me from what I have to do."

Several former Stampeders are wearing green and white this year including Dennis, quarterback Kevin Glenn, slotback Bakari Grant, safety Jeff Hecht and linebacker Glenn Love.

Glenn is a few years removed having played for five other teams and on his second stint with the Roughriders since he was a Stampeder in 2012-13.

Dennis and Grant were free agents when they signed with Saskatchewan this past off-season.

"We don't have very many of their players. They have a lot of ex-Stampeders," Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson observed. "We've won a lot of games and unfortunately when you do that, you can't pay everybody. …

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