Lions mastered final minute

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:18 PM ET

There is such a thing as being too efficient.

The Edmonton Eskimos would have engineered another scoring drive to capture Friday night's game against the B.C. Lions in the dying seconds if not for one thing: It wasn't exactly the dying seconds.

Ricky Ray threw a 27-yard completion to slotback Fred Stamps that set up a quarterback sneak from one yard out to take a 31-27 lead.

But it was a case of leaving too much, too late as the Lions got the ball back with 57 seconds left on the clock.

"We had that one pass that Fred got down there," said Ray.

"The next play, I let the clock go down, I was conscious of that and they called timeout on the next play.

"So really, they did a good job of calling that timeout and giving themselves some extra time."

Lions quarterback Buck Pierce engineered a four-play, 75-yard touchdown drive culminating in a 62-yard pass to veteran slotback Geroy Simon.

With just 12 seconds to go, Ray found Stamps again on a 19-yard connection that left the Eskimos with a last-second field goal attempt from 59 yards out that never really had a chance.

But it all came down to Simon's game-winning catch.

"All you try to do is give yourself a shot to win there at the end," Ray said.

"We did that, then they just made the play and we didn't. That's what happens in the CFL. It's not over; in the last three minutes anything can happen.

"We've just got to find a way to stick together and fight hard these last four games and try to get it done."

Having dropped five of their last six games, the Eskimos will look to stop the skid in Toronto on Friday when they face the last-place Argonauts.


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