MONTREAL — Like adding insult to injury, the Edmonton Eskimos had to watch Dahrran Diedrick run over them.
The former Eskimo had 84 rushing yards on 15 carries for the Montreal Alouettes during their 40-4 victory yesterday over the Green and Gold.
That is a rock-solid 5.6-yard average per carry for a player the Esks gave up on after the 2005 season.
Diedrick received those reps yesterday because starting tailback Mike Imoh suffered a hamstring injury after scoring two first-half touchdowns.
Returning home for the first time as a professional, Edmonton receiver Kevin Challenger had a huge cheering section at Percival Molson Stadium yesterday.
While Challenger told the media earlier in the week he had 10 tickets for his Montreal family and friends, it turns out the cheering section numbered 90 friends.
And many of his friends in the end zone seats were wearing special greenT-shirts with Challenger and No. 84 on the front.
“He’s Montreal born and bred,” said Challenger’s proud common-law wife Nadia Collette, who made the trip from Edmonton to see yesterday’s game in Montreal.
“He was in baseball (as a youngster) and at the last minute turned to football,” said Collette.
Challenger didn’t even tell his mother he started playing football until she received a phone call at home from someone else informing her.
After catching 50 passes for 550 yards and five touchdowns from Matt Ryan at Boston College last year, Challenger came to Edmonton this off-season in a trade from the Calgary Stampeders.
Proving his character, he has yet to open his mouth and complain this season about his lack of an offensive role.
The injury to Kelly Campbell in the first half yesterday put Challenger on the field at wide receiver.
He caught his second pass of the year to set up the Esks’ field goal late in the second quarter.
Challenger finished the game with two catches for 25 yards in his best day as a pro.
Duane Forde – the TSN2 colour commentator for yesterday’s Eskimos game – didn’t have an easy commute to Montreal before kickoff. Calling the Calgary-Toronto game on Saturday in Cowtown, Forde had to take a red-eye flight from the West to Montreal, arriving in Quebec at 7:30 a.m. yesterday – arriving five and a half hours to kickoff.
Maybe Shaw Cable shouldn’t have gone to all that last-minute work this past week to carry the TSN2 feed of yesterday’s Eskimos game on basic cable in the Edmonton market. If the game had been kept off the TV screen for Shaw subscribers fans wouldn’t have wasted three hours of a Sunday afternoon.