Kamau answers the bell

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

Jason Tucker's improbable touchdown reception against Calgary is considered to be the catch of the season so far for the Edmonton Eskimos.

But Kamau Peterson's snag over the middle on Thursday against the B.C. Lions ranks up there as well.

The Eskimos receiver hauled in a Rick Ray pass for a 21-yard gain on a second-and-18 and then took a pop from Lions linebacker Otis Floyd.

On the following play Ray hit Fred Stamps over the top for a 45-yard touchdown reception and the comeback was on.

"The hit wasn't really as bad as it looked," said Peterson. "A lot of it looked bad because I was up in the air. It was jarring, it knocked me about four or five yards, but in terms of physical pain, it wasn't that bad."

At the time, the Esks were down by 14 points and they were able to battle their way back to a 35-24 victory.

Two plays earlier, cornerback Bradley Robinson had intercepted a Jarious Jackson pass to give the Eskimos the ball.

"The catch and the interception that led to the catch, I think, were turning points in the game," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "That was just a great catch. It was a gutsy effort for him to go over the middle knowing that he's going to get hit. There wasn't too much space there. He knew he was going to catch the ball and take a hit from a guy who has a reputation for being able to bring the lumber.

"Not only did he take the hit, but he was able to bounce back up and go with the next play and we all know what happened."

Going over the middle is the toughest thing a receiver has to do. Especially when defenses are sitting back waiting to drill anyone that comes into their zone.

"Not a lot goes through you mind at that point, it's pretty much my job," Peterson said. "It's pretty much my job description. It involves a lot of that.

"I just wanted to get to the ball before he did and hope he didn't see the ball an try to make an interception. Luckily for me, he was more concerned with getting the hit than the interception, because he might have been able to get to the ball before me."

Following the catch, Peterson lifted his jersey to reveal an undershirt with the number 83 on it in reference to Jason Tucker, who was in attendance after suffering a neck injury the previous week in Hamilton.

The emotional return of the veteran receiver and the nature of the reception helped swing the momentum in the Eskimos' favour.

"You look at their bench and they're wondering how he held on to the football," Maciocia said. "You look at our bench and we're all excited.

"There was a little shift in momentum there and I'm glad we benefited from it."\


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