Gass steamin'

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

HAMILTON -- There's already plenty of fuel on the fire for Friday's Eskimo-Ticat rematch at Commonwealth Stadium.

On the last play at Ivor Wynne Stadium last night with Hamilton just downing the ball to kill the clock, the Eskimos claim receiver Brock Ralph dove at the knees of defensive end Adam Braidwood.

"Stuff like that is very uncalled for at that point in the game and tempers got a little hot," charged Edmonton linebacker A.J. Gass.

"To be honest, (Hamilton) had poor (clock) management.

"They snapped it (on third down) and if we had actually got to (Jason) Maas we actually might have had two seconds left.

"Some guys were kind of getting off hard to try to touch him down and one of their receivers (Ralph) blindly dove right at Adam Braidwood's knees and tried to take his knee out.

"I guess we are all a little bit sensitive (about) what happened with Kelly (Wiltshire) and (we were) trying to protect our guys."

Wiltshire's career likely ended last weekend when Calgary's Nik Lewis delivered a low block at the knees, causing two ligaments to blow apart.

Ralph - a former Eskimo who came to Hamilton in a trade last fall - wasn't available for comment after last night's game.

But the incident won't be forgotten.

"It will set a tempo for next week," added Gass.

Pushing and shoving after the incident didn't lead to ejections or penalties.


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