Ricky finds silver lining

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

Frustrated in the locker-room after throwing three interceptions to the B.C. Lions, Ricky Ray managed to find a positive late Friday night.

"To play that bad of a game and give them that many opportunities and still be in it with a chance to win, any bad team that played like that would have got blown out," said Ray after his Edmonton Eskimos lost 40-34 to the Lions.

"You try to take some positives away - but a loss is a loss."

Ray threw for 436 yards and four touchdowns in the defeat, but his three interceptions are a rarity.

One was due to a miscommunication with a receiver, another by leading Brock Ralph too far for the ball and the final one came on a Hail Mary pass.

QUICK HITS: Edmonton turned the ball over a staggering seven times to the Lions ... Eskimos punter Noel Prefontaine suffered a hyper-extended thumb in the loss ... According to the Eskimos front office, the team has already sold nearly 40,000 tickets for its next game - Aug. 21 against Saskatchewan at Commonwealth Stadium. Based on how the stadium is currently configured, capacity is close to 50,000.

PARTING SHOT: Edmonton defensive tackle Dario Romero was nailed for a roughing the passer call in the third quarter Friday night. After the game, he explained his frustration.

"How am I supposed to tackle (the quarterback)? It wasn't in the head. It was right here (on the shoulder)," Romero stated.


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