Eskimos dominate Alouettes

Eskimos Lenny Williams celebrates a big gain with Eric Taylor during Friday's game at Commonwealth...

Eskimos Lenny Williams celebrates a big gain with Eric Taylor during Friday's game at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. (Edmonton Sun/SUN MEDIA/Jordan Verlage)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:14 PM ET

Forget Halloween - it was more like Christmas morning for the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium last night.

With the visiting Montreal Alouettes delivering a huge present to their hosts by dressing their B squad, the Green and Gold gained some major confidence heading into the playoffs.

From offence to defence to special teams, the Esks dominated the final regular-season game - which meant nothing in the standings - and recorded a 37-14 victory in front of an announced crowd of 29,911.

"I know a lot of people thought (this game) was for nothing, but for us it was a big deal, simply because we needed (that result).

"We needed to come in and feel good about ourselves going into Winnipeg," said Edmonton receiver Kamau Peterson.

"Everybody was playing with emotion, the defence was flying around."

Added Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia: "Any time you can win a football game the way we won, obviously it is going to help along the way. Hopefully we can carry the momentum into next week."

The Esks finished the regular-season with a 10-8 record - twice the number of wins of last season - and head to Winnipeg for the East Division semifinal next Saturday.

And there are no shortage of players in Edmonton's locker-room who will hop on the plane next Friday feeling much more confident.

Among the night's memorable accomplishments:

- After three drops last week in a 55-9 thumping in Regina, Peterson had 10 catches for 108 yards - and became just the fourth Eskimo to eclipse 100 catches in a season.

He finished with 101 for the regular season.

"I didn't really do much," said Peterson.

"We didn't really shoot ourselves in the foot too much (on offence), we cut out the turnovers."

- Quarterback Ricky Ray set a new CFL single-game completion percentage record - although he played only 2.5 quarters - by going 23-for-25 (92%) for 302 yards and two touchdowns.

He also eclipsed Warren Moon's single-season passing yardage record (5,648 yards), but played in two more games than Moon.

This all comes after being at the helm of back-to-back horrible outings in the last two weeks, in which the Eskimos were outscored 98-37.

- The offence scored on its first four drives and five of its first six.

Edmonton had a 20-7 halftime lead (with touchdowns from Kelly Campbell and Maurice Mann) and two field goals by rookie Derek Schiavone.

A short three-yard major run by AJ Harris just four minutes into the third quarter killed any hope of a Montreal comeback.

- Fred Perry finally recorded his first Eskimo sack of the season.

- The Esks' defence caused two turnovers, Perry caused a fumble and Lenny Williams had an interception.

FINISH LINES

Calvin McCarty finished the scoring with a nine-yard touchdown run in the final minute ... Edmonton lost offensive lineman to Garrick Jones after getting his bell rung. No word on the severity and if he suffered a concussion ... Eskimo receiver Kelly Campbell was "nicked up" in the game and didn't finish.

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GAME BALL

Ricky Ray, EDM QB

Had a stellar record-breaking night by eclipsing Warren Moon's single-season passing yardage mark and setting a CFL single-game pass completion record (although he played 2.5 quarters). Ray was 23-for-25 for 302 yards and two touchdowns.

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GAME GRADES

OVERALL: A

Offence: A

Tremendous efforts by Ray and Kamau Peterson, who had 10 catches. Six other receivers had at least one catch.

Defence: A

Granted, it was Marcu Brady at quarterback and Mike Imoh at running back, but the Esks kept Montreal to 257 offensive yards.

Special teams: A

Derek Schiavone didn't miss a field goal and Lenny Williams had a solid returning game. Add in a partially blocked punt by Jordan Younger, beating Kerry Cartet in the second quarter.

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NOTABLES

As expected, Edmonton's Noel Prefontaine missed last night's game due to illness. That made room for rookie kicker/punter Derek Schiavone ... Edmonton's other scratches from the 46-man roster: Fred Stamps (leg); Aaron Fiacconi; Bradley Robinson; Joe Anoai.

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UP NEXT

East Division semifinal playoff (crossover game).

Eskimos at Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Saturday, Nov. 8

11 a.m. MT, TSN, CHED


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