Doors open for Esks' Porter

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:18 PM ET

Last Saturday night, the end zone became the Porter house.

Going unused for the entire 60 minutes of regulation, the goal line was finally broken when Edmonton Eskimos running back Daniel Porter carried the ball for gains of 24 and 11 yards in overtime to seal a 16-13 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

It was the second time in three weeks the rookie runner came up big in overtime, having previously dashed twice for 30 yards to set up the quarterback-keeper that defeated the B.C. Lions 31-28.

“Give it up to my O-line, man,” said the Louisiana Tech product. “They did a tremendous job again up front, just blocking behind and making me right.

“We knew that we had to just pound the rock and soon we were going to break their will. And sure enough it showed up in the fourth quarter and in overtime. We kept running.”

It’s something Porter has done well, rushing for more than 100 yards in each of his three CFL starts since coming off the practice roster.

“He just keeps running, he just keeps getting better,” Hall said. “The offensive line did a great job there at the end.

“(Winnipeg’s) got a great defence, very good against the run, and to finish it in two plays there in overtime just running the football, those guys up front and Porter, they deserve a lot of credit.”

As does the offence’s pass attack, led by Derick Armstrong’s six receptions for 49 yards, which took the focus off of Porter.

“I think they were just keying on me” Porter said. “Everywhere I’d go I had a man-on-man, until they started getting threats by our receivers. When the receivers started making the threat, our O-line and running game started opening doors.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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