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CFL: Stampeders aim to extend aerial success vs. Elks

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Calgary quarterback Jake Maier will look to author another strong performance when the Stampeders host the Edmonton Elks on Monday afternoon.

Maier has recorded consecutive 300-plus-yard passing games while filling in for Bo Levi Mitchell, who was diagnosed with a broken fibula on Aug. 17. Mitchell, however, was moved off the injured list on Wednesday afternoon.

Maier broke the franchise record for consecutive completions with 17 during Calgary’s 18-16 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday. The 24-year-old went 16-for-16 in the first half and added another completion early in the third quarter before finishing 30 of 39 for 307 yards.

Despite the impressive numbers, Maier wasn’t interested in celebrating his accomplishment.

“Not right now, truthfully,” Maier said, per the Calgary Sun. “It’s a team effort. It has to do with everybody. I know that’s cliche to say, but it’s absolutely true. As soon as the ball leaves my hands, it’s up to the guy on the other end to make the play. A lot of it has to do with play-calling and how efficient and locked in Coach (Dave) Dickenson was in his game plan.”

Ka’Deem Carey had a 17-yard touchdown to highlight his 66-yard performance for the Stampeders (1-3).

The Elks (1-2) return to action against their provincial rival after a full-scale COVID-19 outbreak involving 13 of the team’s players.

“COVID’s depressing, tackle football’s fun,” quarterback Trevor Harris said, per the Edmonton Journal. “We’re focused on the Labour Day Classic. We haven’t got (to play in) it for two years, so we’re excited and I’m sure you guys are, too.”

The Elks were just happy to end a 10-day isolation period and return to the practice field on Wednesday.

Greg Ellingson had nine catches for 148 yards in the Elks’ last game, a 21-16 win over the B.C. Lions on Aug. 19.

Edmonton’s scheduled game the following week against the Toronto Argonauts was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

–Field Level Media

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