227 Yards!

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:41 AM ET

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia calls it unacceptable.

Some of his players say their complete lack of discipline is ridiculous.

Either description fits, but the bottom line is the Eskimos have to break their horrible penalty habit.

In a stunning record-setting display, the Esks were flagged 23 times for 227 yards on Friday night during a 27-20 win over the B.C. Lions.

The 23 infractions tied a club record, but the 227 yards set a new mark for futility, eclipsing the 212-yard record from Oct. 2, 1992, against Winnipeg.

"Playing like we did (Friday) won us a game, but this isn't the type of game that will win you big games in November," said receiver Ed Hervey, knowing the Esks were lucky B.C. didn't make them pay for most of the mistakes.

The special teams unit was hit with seven infractions, including three times on the same punt return.

The defence was flagged for two late hits on the quarterback and six interference or illegal contact calls on receivers.

There was also an unnecessary roughness penalty, a disqualification to Joe Montford and an objectionable conduct call assessed to the Edmonton bench when a referee bumped into a player near the white stripe on the sidelines. The player wasn't on the field, but wasn't far enough behind the thick white line.

"In the last 10 years I have seen incidents like that happen maybe a dozen times and that is the first time I have ever seen a flag," said Maciocia, who was also unhappy with a few other calls Friday but didn't want to complain too loud in fear of a fine.

In CFL history, Friday's ugly display of discipline ranks among the worst ever - the 23 penalties rank third on the all-time single-game list and the 227 yards ranks fifth.

GAYLOR GROUNDED: The future of receiver Trevor Gaylor with the Eskimos appears to look bleaker by the week after he wasn't activated Friday when Mookie Mitchell was scratched.

But as expected, Maciocia isn't revealing much.

"His job security is the same as mine - we are all week to week," said the coach.

SHORT HIT: Taylor Inglis flew under the radar Friday, which is exactly what the long snapper wanted. After a very rough start to the year - with snaps sailing over punters and shaky snaps to holder Jason Johnson - Inglis was perfect, helping Sean Fleming connect on his only two field-goal attempts.

"I worked hard all week and came out focused," said Inglis, who received a congratulatory phone call from released punter Rodney Williams after the game.

FINISH LINES: With the bye week, players don't return to work until next Sunday. Edmonton's next game is July 20 at home versus the Bombers.


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