Esks beatings continue

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders are good, but to score 108 points against the Edmonton Eskimos in their last two games is beyond measure.

The Stampeders improved to 8-1 on the season, following up a 56-15 stomping of the rival Edmonton Eskimos three weeks ago with a 52-5 lopsided Labour Day Classic Monday.

“They kicked the hell out of us,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall, whose squad fell to 2-7. “They’re doing what they have to do, they’re playing inspired football and when you don’t put up much resistance, this is what happens.”

Calgary had 28 first downs compared to the Eskimos’ 11, racked up 510 total yards to Edmonton’s 198, scored the only six touchdowns of the game and were 5:1 in giveaways/takeaways.

Add it up and it spells the Eskimos worst loss of the season.

“They could have scored more than they did score,” said Hall, who watched Stampeders starting quarterback Henry Burris take a relaxing seat in the second half. “They’re a very good football team.”

It doesn’t exactly take one to know one.

“We’re a good football team when we come out there and play and compete,” Hall said. “That’s not what we got (Monday), and when you don’t go out there and compete then you get lopsided scores like this.”

Although there is no scoreboard to keep count, the Eskimos’ pride also took a hit.

“Those guys came out and beat us,” said Eskimos middle linebacker Maurice Lloyd. “The last two times we met them was 108 points and that’s uncalled for.”

Actually, it’s 108 and counting.

“They’re a good football team,” said Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray. “They’re good, but they’re not that good. We’re playing like a bad team, so obviously we’re giving them more opportunities than they should normally get in a game. That’s been the most frustrating point for us.

“It’s not really the teams that we’re playing, it’s about us. We’re beating ourselves so much.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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