Roughrid­ers on record run

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eight games.

“It gives you a lit­tle bit of brag­ging rights around the league,” he said. “Your friends are go­ing to be call­ing and I know the guys in the locker- room are go­ing to be mess­ing around with me.

“It was a real team vic­tory to­day. The of- fence played well, and so did the de­fence and spe­cial teams. There is noth­ing more you can ask for — a com­plete team vic­tory.”

Ed­mon­ton tied a du­bi­ous record of its own with their sixth- straight loss. It is only the sec­ond time in team his­tory that the Eski­mos have gone 1- 7 to start a sea­son, the last be­ing in 1971.

Ed­mon­ton has now lost its last four games by a com­bined score of 12 points and the frus­tra­tion level is peak­ing.

“It’s tough, very frus­trat­ing,” said re­ceiver Fred Stamps, who reeled in a pair of TD passes. “We feel like we’re so close. It’s fright­en­ing.

“It’s tough be­cause we’re so hun­gry. I don’t know. We’re right there, we’re right there.” Eski­mos head coach Kavis Reed agreed. “With the game we played, we should have beat ar­guably the best team in the league,” he said. “We just couldn’t fin­ish it off again.”

Ed­mon­ton got on the board on its first pos­ses­sion, as new­comer Hugh O’Neill kicked a 46- yard field goal. The Rid­ers re­sponded on their first drive with a 27- yard field goal by Chris Milo to make it 3- 3, a score that stood up to the end of the first quar­ter.

Milo opened up the sec­ond frame with a 36yard field goal to put Saskatchewan up 6- 3.

The Eski­mos recorded the game’s first touch­down three min­utes into the sec­ond quar­ter as quar­ter­back Mike Reilly spot­ted Stamps wide open in the end zone for a 33- yard score. Stamps also recorded two ma­jor mile­stones in the game, mov­ing into fourth on Ed­mon­ton’s all- time re­cep­tions list and into fifth for team re­ceiv­ing yards.

The Eski­mos de­fence con­tin­ued to come up big in the first half to keep Saskatchewan from cross­ing the goal- line, but Milo was able to add a pair of late field goals to edge his team into a 12- 10 lead at the mid­mark.

The Rid­ers added to their lead in bro­ken­record fash­ion to start the third quar­ter as Milo had his fifth field goal of the game to put Saskatchewan up 15- 10.

Ed­mon­ton re­gained the lead just past the mid- point of the third quar­ter as Reilly found Stamps for his sec­ond TD re­cep­tion as the vet­eran re­ceiver slid to make a 21- yard catch in the end zone to put the Eski­mos up 17- 15.

Saskatchewan bounced back with three min­utes to play in the third as Sheets pro­pelled his team down the field with a cou­ple of big gains be­fore mak­ing the Ed­mon­ton de­fence look hap­less as he slipped past three tack­lers for a 10- yard TD run to put the Rid­ers up 22- 17.

Two min­utes later the lead see- sawed back in Ed­mon­ton’s favour as a 41- yard pass­ing play to Mar­cus Henry set up a 13- yard Reilly pass for a TD to Cary Koch to put the Eski­mos back in front 24- 22. It was the sixth lead change of the game, league- high for this sea­son.

Ed­mon­ton in­creased its lead to five points on a 42- yard field goal from O’Neill with 11 min­utes left in the fourth quar­ter.

Once again Saskatchewan jumped back in front with eight min­utes to play as Sheets eas­ily knifed through the Eski­mos de­fence for an 18- yard touch­down and a 29- 27 Rid­ers lead.

Ed­mon­ton looked like it was go­ing to re­take the lead af­ter a huge 35- yard catch by Koch took the Eski­mos to the two- yard line with six min­utes to play. How­ever, backup Kerry Joseph bob­bled a snap to put them back to the five and then Reilly was picked off in the end zone by Dwight An­der­son. Saskatchewan ended up with a punt sin­gle from the turnover to lead 30- 27.

“We just kept in the game and kept in the mo­ment,” An­der­son said. “We just didn’t get flus­tered. We just knew that we needed to keep go­ing out there and come up with a big play to give our of­fence a chance to win it.”

With just over a minute to play, the Esks were mount­ing one fi­nal drive. How­ever, Reilly was crushed for a sack and fum­bled the ball, with Rider Ricky Fo­ley re­cov­er­ing.

— The Cana­dian Press

JOHN ULAN / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers’ Kory Sheets reaches out to break the plane in the end zone for a TD against the Eski­mos Satur­day.

JOHN ULAN / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Saskatchewan’s Dwight An­der­son cel­e­brates his in­ter­cep­tion against the Eski­mos.

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