Esks' d-line did a fine job

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

They rallied around one of the their fallen and came up with their best performance of the season.

Actually, it was a performance that could go back a number of seasons.

"I didn't know we got eight sacks until someone had mentioned it to me after the football game," said Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "But I know that we were constantly in their backfield creating havoc, and we basically got certain matchup that we were looking for and we cashed in on them.

"We did different things with our free safety as far as bringing him down.

It lead people to believe that we were bringing him and at times we would and at times we wouldn't."

In their 19-13 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday, the Eskimos recorded eight sacks and limited Jesse Lumsden, one of the league's best running backs, to 55 yards.

The win improved the Eskimos record to 3-2 on the season.

Tomorrow (8 p.m.) they'll host the B.C. Lions in the first of a home-and-home series.

"Our front seven was outstanding," Maciocia said. "They probably would like to have back that one long run by Lumsden. But overall, I thought we played pretty good."

The defensive line had lost one of their biggest components in Fred Perry the previous week in Toronto. Yesterday Perry was placed on the nine-game injured list after fracturing his leg and dislocating his ankle.

He underwent success surgery, but is unlikely to be back this season.

"Him going down is a part of football," said defensive lineman Montez Murphy, who had a pair of sack in the victory over the Ticats.

"We knew that anyone playing on the d-line and on defence in general has to step up and fill those shoes. Fred has been around for a while and those are big shoes to fill. But we were able to get the job done."

Heading into the game against the Ticats, the Eskimos had five sacks all season. They were also conceding, on average, 32 points per game. Lumsden, in three previous starts, was averaging 120-yards rushing per game.

"Especially the way we lost that last game to Toronto, there was a lot of pride on the line and they wanted to play well," Maciocia said.

"Offensively we were in total disarray in the first half and it was good the defence played the way they did. That could have been a hard one to get the win otherwise. We always seem to struggle in Hamilton for whatever reason. But our defence set the tempo and eventually the rest of the team came around."

The eight sacks on the week lifted the Eskimos to third in the category behind the Lions (15) and the Montreal Alouettes (14).

"It was a good time for us to get after the quarterback," Murphy said. "But we're not going to stop there. We want to do the same this week also.

"We're looking forward to getting after the quarterback again and stopping the run. Having a game like that just pushes up to be better and it starts this week."


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