Woulda, coulda

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

If Jason Johnson had caught the snap and pinned the ball on the last play against the B.C. Lions on Friday night, the Edmonton Eskimos would be riding a two-game winning streak.

That's the word from kicker Sean Fleming, who never had a chance to hit the ball on the 39-yard field-goal attempt with the Esks trailing 30-28.

FULL OF CONFIDENCE

"I wasn't going to miss. There was no doubt about it," said the 15-year veteran.

"I am in a zone right now.

"I am hitting the ball well, kicking the ball well, punting well.

"I had no doubt that I was going to make that."

Fleming wasn't shoving the costly gaffe in Johnson's face, though.

Like a seasoned pro, Fleming comforted Johnson after the failed final play, reminding him that a football game should never come to the final kick.

FLEMING HAS GONE 13-FOR-14

The point Fleming was making is that he's in the zone every kicker covets and is incredibly confident. In the last seven games Fleming has missed just one field goal, going 13-14 during the stretch.

FINISH LINES: In an ironic twist, Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia elected to put Fleming and Johnson on the field on second down with 17 seconds left on Friday because he didn't want to risk a fumble on offence by running one more play.

"I went out there because I didn't want to have another exchange between our quarterback and our tailback, and should there be a fumble between the exchange or a bad snap between our quarterback and our centre, I didn't want to lose possession of the football," said the coach.


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