Defeat was a moral victory

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

They could have folded the tent at halftime and returned home a broken football team.

But the Eskimos came out and made a game of it.

They fell short and were beaten by the Toronto Argonauts 28-23 on Monday - another blow to their evaporating playoff hopes.

Yet, if anything, Monday's game showed the Eskimos are not going down without a fight.

"Absolutely," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia when asked whether his team showed character in Toronto.

"The guys are going to keep working hard. They're not going to pack it in. They're working hard in practice, which is all we can ask them to do. That's what we're getting from them."

The loss negated an outstanding performance from Troy Davis and the Eskimos offensive line. Davis ran for a season-high, 189-yards on 22 carries.

"That was a great game, especially for our running game," Maciocia said. "The guys did an outstanding job up front. Troy didn't have to break too many tackles in the backfield. The offensive line was tremendous."

It was the best run-blocking performance of the year for what has been a beleaguered offensive line.

For Davis it was his best performance as an Eskimo.

"If you ask any offensive lineman, they would rather be run-blocking than pass-blocking," said Maciocia.

"Basically, you're the hammer and not the nail. We tried to mix it up a little bit."

The Eskimos will try to do the same when the two teams meet again on Saturday.

"We've got to be ready for Troy," said Argonauts defensive end Jonathan Brown. "But we will have something up our sleeve next week."


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