Lions win means little to Eskimos

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

EDMONTON - While they would have wanted the B.C. Lions to lose, the outcome of Sunday’s game made no difference to the Edmonton Eskimos after beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16-13 the night before.

“This is playoff football for us, we’ve been like this for the last number of weeks and it’s going to come down to the wire,” Eskimos head coach Richie Hall said in Saturday’s post-game scrum. “We’ve always said once we beat B.C., we control our own destiny and what we want to do is win going out. It didn’t matter who won (Sunday), we’ve got to win next week.”

His sentiments were echoed throughout the Eskimos locker-room.

“We only control what we control,” said Eskimos centre Aaron Fiacconni. “We had a goal set forth and we’re starting to achieve it. We’re five of six here, so let’s just keep this thing rolling.”

Of course, there’s a chance Saturday’s game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders may be meaningless if the Lions lose to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the early game.

“We took care of our part,” said middle linebacker Maurice Lloyd. “Our mindset is not to depend on anybody to get us to the playoffs, we depend on ourselves and that’s what we’re playing like.”

While it wasn’t the Eskimos’ prettiest win of the season, Saturday’s slugfest was the eighth time this season that Winnipeg lost a game by less than five points.

“I haven’t ever heard of ugly wins, I just know it was a great defensive game and we made enough plays offensively and on special teams to win the football game,” said Hall, whose squad overcame losing the turnover battle 5-2.

Having lost just once in their last six games, the Eskimos put together a string of three-consecutive victories for the first time since marching to the Grey Cup in 2005.

But Hall is taking the feat in stride, focusing on just winning one game at a time.

“We’re 1-0,” he said. “We want to be 1-0 at the end of the day.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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