Penalties costly for Esks
By Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency
|Edmonton Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed (R) talks with the referee during the second half of their CFL Western Conference Final football game against the BC Lions in Vancouver, British Columbia, November 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)
EDMONTON - There is a fine line between playing with aggression and taking bad penalties.
The Edmonton Eskimos did both in Sunday’s 40-23 West final loss to the B.C. Lions.
While the stats were even — the Eskimos were penalized 12 times for 80 yards, while the Lions had seven calls for 74 yards — it was the timing that was an issue.
Six of the seven penalties called in the second quarter were against the Eskimos, who were also outscored 20-3 in that time.
“I felt that our guys played with a lot of passion,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “And when you’re playing on the edge like that, emotions are sometimes going to run very high.
“We had a situation where emotions ran very high and we were able to calm that and those guys fought to the very end but I don’t think that was the avalanche effect. I just think B.C. executed better than we did.”
“They beat us four times in a row,” Eskimos defensive end Marcus Howard said after the game. “I tip my hat off to them, man.”
But during the game, he looked like he was trying to rip the head off of opposing quarterback Travis Lulay that led to a roughing-the-passer call.
“We’re just trying to win,” said the Eskimos sack leader. “It’s tough. Some of us lost our composure, I know I lost my composure for a couple of minutes.”