Esks' first-team defence in fine form

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:45 AM ET

His place on defence all but assured, T.J. Hill might as well have been trying out for the offence Sunday.

The Edmonton Eskimos linebacker found the end zone after intercepting a pass on the opening drive from B.C. Lions quarterback Casey Printers, and returned it 59 yards.

But it was just the beginning of a dominant first-half performance by the Eskimos first-team defence that led to a 24-10 lead.

“I was happy with them,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall, who let his starters play together before mixing in other players looking to find a roster spot in training camp.

“The thing I was dissatisfied with again was we had a couple offsides, even in the first half. We’ve got to be able to take care of those things.

“Overall, for the most part in a preseason game, I thought they were pretty solid.”

And so did the Eskimos offence.

“That’s awesome,” said quarterback Ricky Ray, who capitalized on the head start with a 13-for-14 completion, 175-yard and one-touchdown performance in the first half.

“Any time that happens, they spot you a 7-0 lead, offensively you can go out there and just play with a little more confidence.

“Hopefully that will happen a few more times this year.”

Nothing serious:

Eskimos middle linebacker Mo Lloyd went down on the final play of the first quarter with what appeared to be a knee injury.

He stayed on the sideline, and did not return to play.

“It’s not serious,” Hall said. “How long he’s going to be out, I don’t know but it’s not like he’s gone for the season or anything like that. We’ve got to let the doctors look at it and then kind of go from there. I’m not anticipating he’s going to be out for very long.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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