It has been a bitter-sweet season for Greg Wojt.
The day he learned he was named a West Division all-star, the Edmonton Eskimos offensive lineman sat out his third practice in a row with an injured ankle, shutting the window that much more on a possible return for Sunday’s West Division semifinal.
“It doesn’t feel too good this week, but it is looking promising for next week,” said the third-year CFLer, who is joined by fellow divisional all-stars, running back Jerome Messam and slotback Fred Stamps, from the Eskimos offence. “It’s very unfortunate being hurt right now, but I guess it’s a tremendous accomplishment to receive this.”
Switching between right guard and right tackle this season, Wojt has been the one consistent piece to an ever-changing Eskimos O-line this season. That is, until he went down with an ankle injury in practice and missed four weeks, only to re-injure it in last week’s final regular-season game.
“Under the circumstances of what that game meant, it was the right time to come back,” said Wojt, whose sacrifice helped his team earn its first home playoff game in seven seasons with a 23-20 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
It is the first divisional all-star honour for Wojt and Messam, while Stamps has now made it three in a row.
“It feels good to be selected, but we have one goal and our goal is almost here,” Stamps said. “All I want to do is win the championship and we’ve got to win it one game at at time.”
FALLEN WARRIORS: The Grande Prairie Warriors high school football team, which lost four players in a vehicle collision last month, will be in attendance as special guests at Sunday’s West Division semifinal.
The team, which is reeling from the deaths of Vincent Stover, 16, Walter Borden-Wilkins, 15, Matthew Deller, 16, and Tanner Hildebrand, 15, were killed Oct. 22, while 15-year-old Zachary Judd remains in hospital in Edmonton.
On Saturday, the high school squad takes on the Bev Facey Falcons in their own playoff semifinal at Clarke Park. The Eskimos are paying for the team to stay overnight as well as providing tickets to the CFL game.
“These young men, their families and their coaches have been through such a difficult time that we wanted them to have an enjoyable and memorable experience at the playoff game,” said Eskimos president and CEO Rick LeLacheur.