Shot in the foot

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

EDMONTON - Bad things come in threes.

At least, that’s how many plays it took the Edmonton Eskimos to lose to the B.C. Lions, 25-10, last Sunday.

While the record will show the Lions won — and deservedly so — they didn’t do it nearly as well as the Eskimos lost.

“We were our own worst enemy. I give B.C. a lot of credit but at the same time, there are things that they didn’t even do that we self-destructed ourselves,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. “

“It’s tough enough trying to defeat the opposition (let alone) trying to defeat yourself. Everyone took turns, whether it was offence, defence or special teams. I know that’s going to happen in every game, but when there’s as much parity in the league as there is, you can’t afford to make as many mistakes as we made and expect to win.”

It all started on the opening drive, when the Eskimos had a touchdown called back due to a procedure penalty for lining up without an end.

An offside called against offensive guard Patrick Kabongo on their next attempt pushed them back five more yards to sit at first-and-goal on the 11.

That’s when B.C.’s defence took its cue and brought the house. Linebacker Korey Banks blindsided Ricky Ray, forcing him to fumble the ball neatly — and painfully —to defensive end Keron Williams.

“I’m not sure what happened on that play,” Ray said. “Sometimes things get miscommunicated and a guy will come free, other times they’re going to bring one extra guy than we can block.

“It’s just about guys being on the same page and getting those things cleaned up and taking advantage of those opportunities that we have. When we’re down there that close, we’ve got to come away with points.”

Not only were they unable to score, but the Eskimos were unable to overcome the disappointment, despite only trailing 16-7 at halftime.

“You try and go out there and play too perfect, I guess,” Ray said.

“And then when things don’t go our way, we just kind of get down on ourselves a little too much. So we’ve just got to stay strong as a team and just go out there and keep battling.

“The good thing is you get a day to kind of feel bad about yourself and fix some things but we’ve got to move on.”

But Hall would rather have seen all that happen while the game was still on.

“We have to be more mentally tough to deal with adversity,” he said.

“It seemed like when the situation happened, all the air was taken out of our balloon and we were never able to blow it back up and maintain it. It was just like a constant drizzle.

“When you look at our football team, we are a veteran team and a veteran offence and we have to be able to weather that kind of a storm if we want to get to where we want to be.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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