Joe was really smokin'

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The Big Moe vs. Smokin Joe battle was easy to score.

Joe Montford scored an unanimous victory by sacking Lion QB Dave Dickenson once and hammering him a second time on a different play just after he released the ball.

"He hasn't lost a step," said Moe Elewonibi, the Lion tackle battling Montford through the game.

"Joe has been the best rush end in our league in my nine years."

TALKIN' BACK: The defence rests.

After being loudly criticized for not being able to stop the run, the Edmonton Eskimos shot back yesterday.

And, after being exposed as the team that had made the fewest interceptions in '05, the secondary also made a statement in the win over B.C.

Antonio Warren -- the Leos' all-star running back -- gained just 26 yards on eight carries. Overall, the Lions had just 48 yards rushing.

But the biggest defensive plays came from the secondary.

With the scored tied at 21 in the fourth quarter, linebacker Steve Marsh stepped in front of a Dave Dickenson pass.

"He made a huge play, made a break on the ball and went to it and obviously, it was a huge turning point in the game," said secondary coach Rick Campbell.

The interception gave the Eskimos the ball on the B.C. 49-yard line and Jason Maas promptly drove the club the rest of the way to the end zone for the winning score.

But the game wasn't sealed.

Rookie Keyou Craver helped in that department by picking off Casey Printers a few minutes later just before the end zone.

"We knew against Casey we could drop into some zone and hopefully get him to throw us one," continued Campbell.


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