Eski­mos sti­fle Lions’ roar

Penticton Herald - - SPORTS - By SHANE JONES

Mike Reilly leads way as Eski­mos beat Lions 37-26 to re­main un­de­feated

ED­MON­TON — Mike Reilly ran in a pair of touch­downs and passed for two more as the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos took sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the CFL with a 37-26 vic­tory over the B.C. Lions on Fri­day.

The Eski­mos re­mained the only un­de­feated team in the league, up­ping their record to 5-0. The Lions dropped to 4-2, with both of their losses com­ing against the Eski­mos.

Ed­mon­ton didn’t waste any time get­ting on the score­board, as a 65-yard pass­ing play from Reilly to Duke Wil­liams on the first play of the game set up a 14-yard TD pass to Bran­don Zyl­stra just 74 sec­onds into the con­test.

The Eski­mos added to their lead with a 44-yard field goal by Sean Whyte, be­fore Lions kicker Ty Long nailed a 49-yarder to make it 10-3.

Ed­mon­ton had a cou­ple of things start to go wrong late in the first quar­ter when Reilly threw an in­ter­cep­tion for the first time this sea­son and run­ning back Travon Van left the game with a neck in­jury.

How­ever, Ed­mon­ton got its mo­men­tum back early in the sec­ond as Reilly con­nected on a pass to Vi­dal Hazel­ton, who took the ball all the way to the end zone on what would end up as a 108yard touch­down, the long­est re­cep­tion in Eski­mos his­tory.

B.C. bat­tled back late in the sec­ond quar­ter with a 17-yard TD pass from Travis Lu­lay to Em­manuel Arce­neaux. Ed­mon­ton coun­tered with a 41-yard field goal to make it 20-10 at the half.

The Lions came out roar­ing in the third quar­ter, get­ting a field goal and then scor­ing on a third-down gam­ble when Lu­lay passed for a five-yard TD to Jeremiah John­son to tie the game up.

Ed­mon­ton re­gained the lead mid­way through the third, as an 86-yard kick­off re­turn by Chris Ed­wards set up a 19-yard field goal by Whyte, who then left the game with a lower-body in­jury — leav­ing the Esks with­out a kicker.

The Eski­mos were for­tu­nate when what looked like a failed third-down at­tempt was deemed to be pass in­ter­fer­ence upon re­view, lead­ing to a one-yard TD plunge by Reilly early in the fourth. The two-point con­vert at­tempt was no good.

Reilly scored on an­other one-yard plunge with 2:14 re­main­ing to build up a cush­ion, adding a two-point con­vert pass to Hazel­ton.

Lu­lay scored a two-yard rush­ing TD with 53 sec­onds re­main­ing, with the con­vert at­tempt missed.

The Eski­mos play host to the Hamil­ton TigerCats next Fri­day, while the Lions head home to play the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers next Satur­day.

Notes: All of Ed­mon­ton’s vic­to­ries in its first four games came by four points or less.¶ The Eski­mos hon­oured long-time equip­ment man­ager Dwayne Man­dru­siak, who worked his 1,000th game with the team on Fri­day.

The Cana­dian Press

B.C. Lions quar­ter­back Travis Lu­lay looks to make the throw as Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos de­fen­sive end Kwaku Boateng (93) gives chase. Right, Eski­mos QB Mike Reilly lines up to toss a touch­down.

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