Basement Bowl battle

Eskimos head coach Richie Hall is on thin ice after an 0-4 start to the season. (JASON FRANSON/QMI...

Eskimos head coach Richie Hall is on thin ice after an 0-4 start to the season. (JASON FRANSON/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:07 PM ET

What do the B.C. Lions need to cure a three-game losing skid they've been on since winning their season-opener over the Edmonton Eskimos three weeks ago? How about another trip to Edmonton?

At 1-3, the Lions will look to stay ahead of the winless Eskimos, at 0-4, whom they beat 25-10 in their last visit to Commonwealth Stadium. Edmonton, meanwhile, would like nothing more than some company in the West Division’s basement.

The question is, which team is more desperate for victory Friday?

“You must have discipline to have execution,” said Lions head coach Wally Buono. “Not that that game against the Eskimos was perfect, but there were enough good things, enough execution and discipline that we were able to win.

“Since then ... the club proved at times it is a good football club.”

With the two teams combining for just one victory in eight games so far this season, there is not a lot that separates the Lions from the Eskimos.

“Are we happy at 1-3?” asked Buono, the most-winning coach in CFL history. “I think that anybody that knows me knows that’s not something that is doable.

“But when you are what you are, you also have to understand why you are it. We’re 1-3 because for the three games we’ve made too many mistakes and didn’t do things according to plan.”

It’s a familiar feeling shared by the Eskimos, as well, this season.

“I’m very much surprised but this is what the fact is right now. I’m dumbfounded regarding the situation that our football team is in right now,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. “But the reality is we’re 0-4, we haven’t played well enough consistently to play football games and we haven’t responded to adversities to win football games.”

One common theme shared by the two clubs is they are still trying to improve, regardless of their records.

“Everything has to be better when you’re losing and even when you’re winning. As a coach, I think you’re always striving for better,” Buono said.

PRINTERS PROGNOSIS: “The quarterback situation hasn’t changed since last week. Travis Lulay is No. 1, Jarious Jackson is No. 2 and Casey Printers is No. 3,” said Buono, who is resting Printers from a knee injury which, for now, doesn’t appear will require surgery. “Hopefully (Friday) we won’t need him because the other two quarterbacks are doing a good job.”


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