Oh so close for Zabransky

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

The last yard is the longest.

Edmonton Eskimos backup quarterback Jared Zabransky was called to come in and finish off a first-and-goal attempt from the one-yard line after Kelly Campbell drew a pass-interference penalty against the B.C. Lions on an end zone route on their opening drive last Sunday.

"It's a gimme from one yard out in this league," said Zabransky, who followed centre Kyle Koch across the goal line. "You've just got to punch it in from there, that's all there is to say."

But the officials had the final word, calling the Eskimos on a procedure penalty for lining up with no end.

"If I would have seen it earlier, I'd have called timeout," Zabransky said. "We've just got to make sure that we're in the right spots, make sure the right stuff's being called. It's tough, you know? It was a pretty big momentum breaker for us."

Especially when they followed up with a five-yard offside call against to bump back to first-and-goal from the 11.

"And then, to compound that we have a bad play that happens after that," said Zabransky, who watched Ricky Ray get blindsided on a sack by linebacker Korey Banks as the Lions went on to recover the fumbled ball and the Eskimos were held pointless.

The Lions capitalized on the missed opportunity, going on to win 25-10 after the Eskimos never fully recovered from the botched drive.

"You want that stuff to go smoothly and it just didn't work out for us," said Zabransky. "When my number's called, I've just got to go in and do the right stuff and hopefully it turns out well."

If Zabransky can take anything away from his first-CFL-touchdown- that-wasn't, it's that coaches can trust in him finding the end zone in those situations.

"I think the coaches believe in my abilities and they're going to give me an opportunity to show what I can do on the field a little bit," he said. "A one-yard sneak isn't really showing too much, but I go out there and try to do my job."

Until then, Zabransky will have to wait to record his first CFL touchdown.

"Hopefully, it comes next game."


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