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A CFL debut to remember for SDSS grad

Charlie Moore and Grant McDonald get their first taste of pro action for Alberta teams
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Tsawwassen's Charlie Moore made his CFL debut with the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.

It was a memorable CFL debut for Tsawwassen’s Charlie Moore.

The rookie linebacker with the Calgary Stampeders produced a huge special teams play in the second quarter of his team’s 23-20 loss to the Toronto Argonauts last Saturday at McMahon Stadium. Moore broke free to block a punt and wound up recovering the ball too, leading to a Stampeders’ field goal.

Meanwhile about three hours north, linebacker Grant McDonald made his pro football debut as a member of the Edmonton Elks in their season-opening 16-12 loss to the Ottawa Red Blacks.

McDonald and Moore were selected in the second and third rounds respectively in May’s 2021 CFL Draft, then proceeded to make the final roster of their respective teams. Both enjoy stellar university careers with the Calgary Dinos, helping the team win the Vanier Cup national championship in 2019 as starting linebackers.

The pair came through the South Delta Rams community football program then moved across the street to South Delta Secondary where they were key members of the Sun Devils’ 2014 provincial AAA championship team.

The Stampeders are back in action Thursday when they host the B.C. Lions (6:30 p.m.) while the Elks entertain the Montreal Alouettes Saturday (4 p.m.). Both games can be seen on TSN.

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