Punt returner Jason Armstead showed he’s a pushy fella.
Pushed his blocker plumb into a couple of Als tacklers on a 32-yard return.
“I’m just fired up, no matter how it goes,” said Armstead.
As it turns out, Armstead was just warming up.
Shortly after he hit all the right seams and romped in for the Esks’ first kick return TD of the year, a 72-yarder with 21 seconds left in the half.
“Just trying to make a play, man,” said Armstead. “Special teams, we haven’t hit the home run. Tonight, unfortunately in a losing effort, we were able to get one.”
Can’t argue with the TD’s timing. It brought the Esks to within striking distance of the Als, heading into the half-time locker room with an 18-11 deficit.
Unfortunately, the big play failed to inspire the Eskimos offence.
“We’ve just got to come back next week, regroup, start fast and continue to play hard,” said Armstead. “At the end of the day, it (the TD run) was all for nothing because we lost. My job really wasn’t done.”
Armstead’s TD stood up as as the Esks only major until late in the game. They were shut out in Montreal earlier this year.
“You’ve got to give your hats off to Montreal,” said Armstead. “They came out and played. They started fast and they pretty much ended the game the same way.”
Brought in for the playoff push last season, Armstead has had an up-and-down couple of seasons with the Eskimos.
His contract was not renewed after the season ended.
GM Eric Tillam brought Armstead back in Week 7 and he made his debut Aug. 11 in the Esks loss at Montreal.
He made his second appearance against the Als much more memorable, even though his team wasted a brilliant individual effort.