Failures will show on film

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

HAMILTON -- When the game film is picked apart by the Edmonton Eskimos, there will be one simple theme: failure in every facet of the game.

On offence, defence and special teams, the Eskimos lost.

"We were able to play more physical than them on all three levels, which was key," said Hamilton receiver Kamal Peterson.

On offence, Ray was badly off target four times in the first half, missing open receivers.

In the second half, with the Eskimos clinging to their last life in the fourth quarter - trailing 31-14 at midfield with 10 minutes left on the clock - Ray threw the ball right into the hands of Hamilton's Chris Martin.

It was Ray's second interception and the final nail in the coffin. Hamilton cruised from that point, finishing off the Eskimos to the tune of 40-14.

On defence, McManus was perfect when he needed to be. Late in the first half, with the Eskimos leading, McManus found Craig Yeast for a 52-yard reception.

Shannon Garrett saved a touchdown, but only for a few moments, as Davis pounded it home on the next play. That gave Hamilton the lead and momentum going into halftime - and they never let it go.

Hamilton put together an impressive drive to start the third quarter and McManus never cooled off, missing just twice the entire second half.

"It was one of those things that we were fearful for because any time he gets hot he is hard to stop," said Joe Montford, who had a bird's eye view of McManus all night.

On special teams, Hamilton didn't let Tony Tompkins touch the ball when it mattered.

Like the Saskatchewan Roughriders did two weeks ago, Hamilton kicked away from Tompkins, one of the most feared returners in the game and the difference-maker last week when he scored against the B.C. Lions in the fourth quarter.

Mike Bradley saw almost every deep kickoff come his way last night.

SHORT YARDAGE: In his first game action in nearly two months, Ed Hervey had a team high five catches for 54 yards ... Jason Tucker, the leading receiver in the CFL, was taken out of the game with just two catches ... Randy Spencer (calf) and Sandy Annunziata (arm) are the walking wounded.


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