Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Redblacks Hope for More Home Success against West-Leading Stampeders

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Redblacks Hope for More Home Success against West-Leading Stampeders

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Redblacks hope for more home success against Stamps

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OTTAWA - The Calgary Stampeders have not felt all that welcome in the nation's capital over the past few CFL seasons.

The West-leading Stampeders haven't won a game Ottawa since a 32-7 victory in the Redblacks' inaugural season in 2014. They've gone 0-1-2 At TD Place against the Redblacks since, and suffered a devastating 27-24 Grey Cup loss to Toronto at the stadium last fall.

But while the Redblacks would like to think home field will serve as an advantage again when they host Calgary on Thursday, they're more concerned with their most recent performance against the Stamps.

The two teams met two weeks ago in Calgary, with the Stampeders getting the better of the Redblacks with a 24-14 victory. Ottawa feels it might have been its own worst enemy that night.

"We've got to make sure that we up our plan and make sure we execute our game plan a little bit better," said Ottawa quarterback Trevor Harris. "We've just got to be better all around and we will be."

Harris was less than impressed with his own performance in the previous meeting as Ottawa's offence struggled to find any rhythm to its game with the exception of running back William Powell, who had 13 carries for 123 yards.

Powell, who leads the league with 55 carries for 355 yards, has been exceptional for the Redblacks and looks forward to the challenge of playing against Calgary's stingy defence.

"It's a lot of fun any time you're winning," Powell said. "Any time you have a lot of success teams are going to focus in and try to find ways to stop that and slow that process down.

"But I feel as long as us as a unit, offensively, we keep doing what we're doing and executing to the best of our abilities it's still going to be tough for defences to stop that because we have some of the best receivers in the league so either way you just have to pick your poison. If they try to stop me, then those guys are going to go crazy."

The 30-year-old credits the offensive line for much of his success. …

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