No quarter given in Battle of Alberta

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 AM ET

CALGARY -- The Battle of Alberta featured a combined two dozen penalties, 10 of which were of the 15-yard variety that show how much the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders just plain don't like each other.

Both sides were whistled down 12 times, which cost Calgary 154 yards and the Eskimos 104.

But take away the run-of-the-mill holding, offsides, procedure and pass-interference penalties and you're left with Calgary being called for things like unnecessary roughness, facemask, piling on and twice for roughing the passer.

"It was a very physical game, that's what you'd expect," said Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray, who was on the receiving end of a couple of late hits and the bottom of at least one dog pile. "It felt like a Labour Day game with both teams going at it.

"There were a couple hits there, but in the flow of the game, it's hard to tell if they're late or not. Sometimes it feels like I'm throwing it and getting hit."

But the Eskimos weren't the only ones on the receiving end, getting flagged four times for unnecessary roughness and an objectionable conduct call against running back Jerome Messam, who took offence at a roughing-the-passer penalty by Stampeders safety Demetrice Morley.

It didn't get any more amicable in the trenches, either.

"Kudos to them, they played hard, we played hard," said left guard Patrick Kabongo. "We came out on top. It definitely was a battle. Those guys ain't no punks.

"It was definitely physical, but every game you go in you expect to play physical. It's a battle out there."

Meaning things won't get any easier when the Toronto Argonauts look to end the Eskimos' winning streak at four games when they come into Commonwealth Stadium on Friday (7:30 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED).

But before that, the Eskimos took Sunday off, at least, to enjoy their victory.

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