No safety for Esks in Monday's numbers

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

There is supposed to be safety in numbers.

But the number of safety points the Eskimos gave up were enough to do them in on Monday.

Six of Calgary’s points in their 52-5 Labour Day victory came from the Eskimos in Edmonton’s own end zone.

Two of the safeties were tactically conceded by kicker Noel Prefontaine to gain ground instead of punting deep in Eskimos territory, while the last one came from an intentional grounding call against backup quarterback Jason Maas for an incompletion thrown from his own end zone.

“The safeties don’t bug me a whole lot because you could have bad field position and not get out of it without us playing poorly,” said Eskimos offensive guard Kyle Koch. “It’s more getting (quarterback) Ricky (Ray) hit and those kind of things that are more worrisome than just the safety. That I don’t really worry about.”

If anything, the usually rare safety call demonstrates an opponent’s ability to win the field-position battle on both special teams and defence.

The only good thing about it is the Eskimos don’t have to think about what went wrong for long, considering it is a short week between last Monday’s and Friday’s upcoming game.

“In the end, maybe it is just better to play them now,” Koch said. “To sit and wallow about it and worry and think about how bad it was – not that it should be easy – but you’ve got to put it in the back of your head now.”

The only thing worse would be if the Labour Day loss would have happened at home, which is the last thing the Eskimos want to see in Friday’s rematch.

“Sure, it would be worse at home, but there’s not consolation in it. That was bad and you don’t want to lose any game like that,” Koch said. “We’ve got to play better, that’s obvious. Home, away, that (last) game if you play like that here, there, anywhere, it doesn’t matter where you play it.”


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