Esks have Lion eyes

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:52 AM ET

The music was blaring inside a victorious Edmonton Eskimo locker room on Friday night, but Dan Comiskey was already thinking about the B.C. Lions.

The much-needed win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders was less than 30 minutes old at a soggy Commonwealth Stadium - but the veteran offensive lineman didn't really care as he sat half undressed in his stall in one corner of the room.

"It is not this game (against Saskatchewan) that matters," said Comiskey.

"It's next week already.

"It's (being) worried about going back to B.C. (next Friday).

"We got a big job to do there and we have to go into a hostile environment.

"This team doesn't celebrate one victory in a season.

"When we have a record like we do, we have a lot of work to do.

"We have just got to get back to work."

And Comiskey wasn't the only established and respected Eskimo veteran thinking about the Lions in the late hours of Friday night, just a short time after recording the biggest win of their season to date.

While the players were very happy to beat the Riders - and deservedly are worthy of praise for rallying together to win and raise their record to 3-5 in the ultra competitive West Division - they were acting like a very focused club: their eyes are already set on the next target.

"This win (against Saskatchewan) is huge for us right now and we will see if it pays off for us next week in B.C.," said 15-year kicker/punter Sean Fleming.

Added wide receiver Ed Hervey, who is one of the unquestioned leaders in the dressing room: "If we go out there and lose next week (in Vancouver), then this week goes for naught."

The Eskimos definitely have a score to settle in Vancouver after losing 34-17 to the Lions just nine days ago.

More importantly for the Esks, a win against the first-place Leos in five days will really raise their confidence and give them the series win against B.C.

Right now they are tied at one victory each.

A win would also send the Green and Gold into a long bye - the club is off 17 days after next Friday - in a great frame of mind.

HOT FOOT: When Mike Maurer completely replaced Taylor Inglis as long snapper earlier this month, Fleming wasn't too happy, but vowed he wouldn't let the switch affect his kicking. After two games with Maurer snapping on field goals, Fleming is a perfect four-for-four.

With very little fanfare, the longest-serving Eskimo has quietly put together a very hot run, missing just one field goal attempt in the last six games. He's 11-for-12 during the stretch.

FINISH LINES: Three of the club's next four games are on the road, with stops in Vancouver, Calgary and Hamilton. In fact, five of the next seven games are on the road, as the Esks only play twice in Edmonton between now and Oct. 13 ... While the Green and Gold is 3-2 at home this year, the team is 0-3 away from Commonwealth Stadium in the 2006 regular season.


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