Pre's head is just fine

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

Noel Prefontaine has passed his first major test with the Edmonton Eskimos.

After suffering two concussions last year, Prefontaine delivered his first hit of the season on Thursday night -smacking Calgary returner Demetris Summers - and came through just fine.

"It feels pretty good, actually," said Edmonton's kicker/punter about his head the afternoon after the 34-31 win.

"It is a relief. I think it was something that when I re-aggravated (the concussion problems) last year in Week 18 I felt it right away. And after this particular collision, I didn't really feel it."

Prefontaine finished three for five in the field goal department in Thursday's victory while averaging a remarkable 53 yards on punts.

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Jason Tucker is now tied with Tom Scott for second-place on the Esks' all-time list for touchdown receptions with 58. Tucker's lone major in Thursday's wild victory was that remarkable 36-yard grab with 55 seconds left that put Edmonton on top for good ... Shannon Garrett has now eclipsed 600 tackles in his Eskimo career after notching four against the Stamps.

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For the second straight game, starting running back Damien Anderson struggled on Thursday to gain serious rushing yards. The Edmonton tailback had just 12 yards on five carries for a dismal 2.4-yard average per carry.

"We need to get better," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

When pressed for how that happens, Maciocia responded: "I don't have to make a decision today."

According to the coach, Anderson gets a "chance" to play next week.

Non-import back-up running back Calvin McCarty had a 15.5-yard average on two carries for 31 yards. However, McCarty also fumbled the ball against Calgary.

In the receiving department, Anderson had a nine-yard average on five catches.


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