CALGARY — In the first matchup between brothers Dave and Craig Dickenson as CFL head coaches, Dave’s Calgary Stampeders defeated Craig’s Saskatchewan Roughriders 37-1 on Friday.
Former Eastern Washington quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, the Stamps starter, led Calgary to a game-opening scoring drive which ended in a field goal, and the Stampeders never trailed. Mitchell played only one series before backups took the field.
In his fourth season as the Stampeders’ head coach, Dave is 16 months younger than Craig, who enters his first season at the helm of the RoughRiders after serving as Saskatchewan’s special teams coordinator the previous three years.
Craig served as a Stamps assistant coach for seven years including Dave’s final season as an active player (2008) and his first as a Calgary assistant (2009).
The Dickensons, natives of Great Falls, were also teammates at the University of Montana and won a national championship with the Grizzlies in 1995 when Dave was the quarterback and Craig was a member of the coaching staff.
The Stampeders and Roughriders will play each other twice more during the regular season, July 6 at Saskatchewan and Oct. 11 in Calgary.