Esks put Hinse on the line

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:03 PM ET

Gord Hinse has got into the mix.

The local product saw his first in-game action on the Edmonton Eskimos offensive line in last Sunday’s 24-6 win over the Toronto Argonauts in the Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic.

Officially listed as the backup centre on the depth chart, Hinse got in on a few plays at crucial times in the game, including a one-yard rush by Eskimos running back Calvin McCarty into the end zone in the fourth quarter.

“On that goalline touchdown, which is pretty sweet, and then a couple of just big-team-type plays,” said the six-foot-four, 300-pound U of A Golden Bears alumni, who still helps coach the team. “I’ve just been improving every week and finally I’m kind of proving to the coaches that I can play at that level and they’re just trying to work me in to get me a little bit more experience, because I want to be here for a long time and hopefully they feel the same way.”

Being on the field for a touchdown was Hinse’s highlight so far in his young career.

“It was great, that’s one of those plays where you just put your head down and push. That’s kind of an O-line favourite, you just get to push people around,” said Hinse, who picked McCarty up with a heave after the play. “I get excited after touchdowns, that’s kind of what I do. It’s great. You’ve got to help your running back off the pile because he worked hard on that play.”

The sweet taste of victory helped remove some of the bitterness from a previous play.

“We got stopped on third down earlier in the game and I’m just glad the coaches had the confidence again to give it to us when it matters. That just proves that they have the confidence in the O-line to get it done,” said Hinse, who is looking to make himself useful whenever possible. “Hopefully, more of the big-team stuff and I’m the backup centre right now so we’ll see how it goes. I don’t want Fee (Aaron Fiacconi) to get hurt or anything, but if anything happens then it’s good to know that they have the confidence in me that I can hopefully step in and play.”

With the Eskimos looking for any and all answers to win games, Hinse was happy to help them come away with a victory.

“It was huge. We really need that win, especially out there with all the talk about the big trip and everything like that, and showcase the team to the rest of the country,” he said of winning the CFL’s first-ever regular-season game held in a neutral site. “It didn’t feel that neutral because I think there were more Toronto fans there than for us, but still it was a great atmosphere and a great game for us to go in there and take the game.”

IN AND OUT: RB Brad Lester (flu) sat out Friday and was replaced by Daniel Porter. DE Kai Ellis (undisclosed), DB Lawrence Gordon (elbow) and SB Kelly Campbell (ankle) remained out and are doubtful for Sunday.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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