Things weren't all bad for secondary

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

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It was make or break for Jason Goss.

Although all the focus has been on last week's game-losing coverage on Geroy Simon's touchdown reception, the Edmonton Eskimos defensive back had more success in the secondary earlier on.

Trailing 27-18 at the end of the third quarter, Goss made a diving interception on a Buck Pierce pass intended for Emmanuel Arcenaux in the end zone for a touchback.

Playing the ball didn't work out against Simon, but Goss kept his team in the game earlier in the game.

"I looked back and saw the quarterback got out of the pocket a bit and I also saw the receiver on the outside of me," Goss said. "I turned into him and once he showed me that the ball actually was coming, that's when I made that last-minute look and the ball actually was there and I was able to make a tough play on it."

The Eskimos turned the turnover into three points to climb within six points with almost a quarter to go. If that interception goes the other way for a reception, the Lions take a 16-point lead.

"That's a play that definitely kept us in the game," Goss said.

"If I didn't play the ball the way I did and he would have caught it then we wouldn't have had a shot. That play was a big turning point for us to take the lead and we did."

FINE LINE

But playing the ball doesn't always work out.

"I was a receiver before I even played defensive back and the thing is, a receiver will always tell you when the ball is coming," said Goss. "Either by his eyes, or you can also tell by his body. You can tell when the ball is coming.

"That's the thing, when I do run I don't look back for the ball, I read the receiver before I know to look back because he will tell me when the ball is coming.

"Being able to play that position a lot, you know what to look for and what to expect."

Rookie defensive back Bobby Keyes didn't find the ball on Simon's first touchdown reception to open the second quarter. He ran past Simon, who put on the brakes, turned around and made the catch while Keyes blew right by. He spent the rest of the game on the Eskimos bench and was released earlier this week.

"A receiver like Geroy Simon has been in this game a long time," Goss said. "He knows how to do it."

HAVING A SHORT MEMORY

The one thing he's learned in his six years in the CFL is to be able to put things out of his mind.

"It's a learning curve," Goss said. "When you do make a play like that you do have to have a short-term memory.

"I gave up a score in that game and the thing is I put that game behind me because I was in a good position to make a play and the receiver made a good catch.

"But my whole thing was I put that behind me because they're going to have to come at me again and I need to make a play and that's what happened.

"You've got to put stuff behind you because you've got a chance to make a play," he added.

And maybe make up for things with an interception for a touchback.

GERRY.MODDEJONGE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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