It looked like the Edmonton Eskimos tried to take a page out of the B.C. Lions’ playbook.
After allowing six field goals against them in their season-opening loss last week, the Eskimos kicked things into high gear.
Filling in for injured kicker Noel Prefontaine, Derek Schiavone accounted for 17 points in Sunday’s 33-23 loss to the visiting Montreal Alouettes.
But instead of winning on field goals, like Lions kicker Paul McCallum had done to them, the Eskimos offence fell apart in the fourth quarter.
A third-year kicker, Schiavone was good for five of six attempts from 11, 11, 37, 12 and 29, plus a punt single and a convert.
“The offence gave me some nice, short field goals. I’ve just got to go out there and make those,” said Schiavone, who learned he would start late Saturday. “It was sort of late notice, but I had time to get ready. Every week I practise as if I’m playing so I’ve always go to be mentally ready. That’s why I’m here.”
His only blemish was his first field-goal attempt, from 37-yards out.
“I was just worried, trying to get my speed up and I hit it off my toe right away and it was not a good kick,” Schiavone said. “It’s deceiving because you look at the flags and they’re not moving, but the wind this year has been swirling in Commonwealth.”
He was relied on to finish a lot more drives than the team would have liked.
“We weren’t getting the breaks we needed but we’re going to learn from it and we’re only going to get better from here,” he said. “I expect to make the one I missed. I’m going to miss here and there, I’ve just got to keep my head in it and forget about it.”