Building block

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Tim Fleiszer found the hole, blasted through Scott Coe's block and slammed his hands down on Burke Dales' feet.

Then the Eskimo watched as teammate Mike Bradley scooped up the punt block and went in the endzone to score a momentum-building touchdown in Edmonton's 25-23 victory yesterday at McMahon Stadium.

"I felt like going down there and ripping the ball out of Mike Bradley's hands," Fleiszer said with a chuckle. "But Mike did a good job picking it up and it ended up being a great play for us."

That's a bit of an understatement. The block put the Eskimos up 20-1 going into the half, a lead they would never relinquish.

Fleiszer knew the play would work. In meetings this week, Eskimos special teams coach Malvin Hunter spotted a weakness in the Stampeders punt coverage. Hunter designed the play to cross up the blockers so someone would be free inside to reach the punter.

It just so happened to be Fleiszer and the backup defensive lineman had a feeling about the play call before it happened.

"I looked at the clock and it was late in the second quarter," he said. "We were up by a little bit but not a lot. I was lobbying for the block on the sidelines. Coach Hunter called it and it worked out perfectly."

Coe couldn't believe when he turned around after missing his assignment and watched Bradley walk in for a score. To his credit, he took all the blame.

"I knew he was coming up the pipe," Coe said. "I have to get farther over and I didn't. I have to take full responsibility. Brian Clark was on the other side and he had his man. I have to get all the way across. I got a piece of him but not enough.

"That's not a good feeling, when you know you're supposed to make a block and you don't make it, it's heartbreaking. It really is."

After the play, Fleiszer was ecstatic.

"I have blocked one before, back in 2000 against B.C.," he said. "But this is great to make a big play in a big game like this. It's very exciting."


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