Eskimos' rush attack shows off its depth

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:45 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos' rushing game gained some ground on Sunday.

After being led in the first preseason game by a quarterback, the offence showed they can run down yards even without Arkee Whitlock.

With the starting running back shelved for most of the preseason with a leg injury, pivot Jason Maas picked up the pace against the Calgary Stampeders with 39 yards on four rushes in one quarter of action two weeks ago.

But running back Calvin McCarty was the first to rush into the end zone on Sunday against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver.

“It was all right,” said McCarty, who is from Surrey, B.C. “It was good to get the run game going, but still they didn’t really do a lot defensively and we didn’t do too much offensively.”

Still, McCarty earned 44 yards on eight carries for a 5.5-yard average in a half of action. But there is plenty more to come.

“We play Week 1 so the teams were fairly vanilla, but it was good to get rust off and get going,” said McCarty.

The Eskimos offensive line had more success run blocking this week, despite missing starting centre Aaron Fiacconi, who was injured in training camp when a teammate rolled up on his leg.

“Yeah, that was a tough one,” McCarty said. “But we’ll be all right. It was good to get some runs and really good to get the win.”

While the B.C. native marked his unofficial homecoming with a preseason touchdown, McCarty said he favours playing in front of Eskimos fans.

“It’s my second home,” he said.

“I’d rather have done it at Commonwealth last week, but it was good to get the win out there in front of some family and friends.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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