It took 15 weeks, but the Edmonton Eskimos found a way to score touchdowns on the opening drive of a half.
A nine-yard touchdown reception by slotback Fred Stamps opened the game, while fullback Mathieu Bertrand dove for a one-yard touchdown following halftime last week against the B.C. Lions.
“That was pretty awesome for us, we hadn’t done that all year,” said Eskimos centre Aaron Fiacconi. “To come out in the second half, I knew we were going to be in tough. I knew they were going to make some adjustments and they were going to be physical with us. We took it down the field and we punched one in.
“That was just awesome for confidence and I think everyone just felt a wave of relief that our momentum was still intact and we could attack this team and win. We got a little sniff of it and we carried it the rest of the way into overtime.”
It was a fitting opponent to finally accomplish the feat.
“The first game of the season we played against B.C. and the first drive we just lost the ball at the one-yard line,” recalled Bertrand. “That obviously should have been the first touchdown of the season.”
Instead, it took the better part of the season to be able to accomplish in each half. But better late than never.
“We’re starting to feel pretty good on offence,” said Bertrand. “We can move the ball good. When Ricky runs with the ball that helps us a little bit, too.
“I think our confidence is pretty high right now. Our defence is playing good and our special teams is still very good. Hopefully we’ll keep building on this.”
Only other time they scored points on the first drive of each half was with a pair of field goals in Week 5, also against the Lions.