TDs a moral victory for Edmonton

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 PM ET

EDMONTON - It was all or nothing with the Eskimos offence Sunday.

When a drive didn’t end in a punt in Sunday’s 23-21 loss to Calgary, the Eskimos either scored touchdowns or turned the ball over. But the moral of the preseason story so far is about not settling for field goals, which happened far too often in 2009.

“That’s what we did well, we scored touchdowns and our defence was holding Calgary to a lot of field goals,” said Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray. “They’d have some drives going and then (we) stopped them and made them kick field goals.”

Three times, Calgary’s offence stalled out close to the end zone, only to rely on the rookie foot of Rob Maver to ignite a comeback victory after trailing by 11 points in the third quarter.

“That was probably one of the positives from that game,” Ray said. “We just had a couple of turnovers that hurt us and that can be the difference between winning and losing.”

The Eskimos were 0-3 in the turnover department, earning none and giving up a pair of interceptions.

“Game 2 needs to be pretty clean,” said Ray. “You’re one week away really from opening up (the season), so you’ve got to not have as many mistakes as you did in the first game. You’ve just got to get better from week to week and that’s what we’re expecting.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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