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JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

The defence gets full marks for another top-notch effort.

But A.J. Gass gets even higher marks for being a leader and having some fun at his own expense.

The middle linebacker and the heart and soul of the Edmonton defence gave himself a mohawk before yesterday's game.

Needless to say, it didn't look too good. But he didn't care.

"It was a tense week around here," he explained after yesterday's 24-18 loss to the B.C. Lions.

"And I thought I see guys walking around with mohawks and as a balding man I thought it would be pretty funny to come in and lighten the mood around the locker- room and kind of get guys to go out and play loose.

"I think at this point in the year the last thing you want is people to play rigid and play uptight.

"It was strictly for laughs. It is coming off tonight."

Gass took the clippers to the front sides of his head while his wife finished the job on the back of his noggin.

"I think someone called it a baldhawk," quipped Gass.

But the idea probably helped the Eskimos defence a little bit, as they dominated the Lions offence for much of the game.

"We played extremely well. We gave ourselves opportunities to win," said Gass.

"I think we shut down the run pretty well.

"Guys are flying around and guys are playing the type of defence that it takes to win."

If you take out Jarious Jackson's 93-yard completion to Jason Clermont - which was definitely aided by defensive back Omarr Morgan and linebacker Shannon Garrett colliding - the B.C. pivot would have finished with just 152 passing yards.

Joe Smith - the CFL's top rusher - was a non-factor yesterday with just 40 yards on the ground.

And the secondary produced two interceptions, although Lenny Williams had his wiped out due to a penalty.


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