He was limited on the stats sheet, but it was the numbers on the scoreboard that Derick Armstrong is happy about.
The newest Eskimos receiver had a pair of catches for 33 of Ricky Ray’s 139 aerial yards last week against his former team, the B.C. Lions.
“It was the game I wanted to play, personally,” Armstong said. “I wanted to get back at B.C. anyway, for what I thought was a wrong that happened.”
What’s wrong is he was released by the Lions after Week 6, despite being their second most productive receiver.
“But I’m with this team and I’m having fun with them and they enjoy me,” he said. “It’s just a relaxed feeling to play with Ricky.”
Despite just two catches, Armstrong said he felt like he was still a factor in the victory.
“I got a lot of opportunity even if it was blocking or, every now and then, a pass play,” he said. “I was happy to be out there just to help our offence contributing in other areas. That was the main key, just making sure that I was able to help.”
And he was on the field during the overtime play that set up Ray’s one-yard winning touchdown dive.
“It was a call to Fred, we knew we had a good matchup between him and (cornerback Stanley) Franks,” Armstrong said. “We knew Fred could beat him so we just wanted to go ahead and try it. We succeeded with pass interference and we were able to get where we needed to be to win the game.”
While it wasn’t the biggest game of his career, statistically speaking, it didn’t get any bigger than last Saturday’s game for the Eskimos, who moved into a third-place tie with the Lions and now hold the season series in case of any tiebreakers for potential playoff positioning.
“I live for those moments,” Armstrong said of the showdown. “I’ve been in those situations pretty much all my career so just having to make big plays at certain keys is something that I thrive on. They expect that from me and I just try to go out and do what they ask.”