July 21, 2012
Esks D stingiest in CFL
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - It was no mistake the Edmonton Eskimos gave up just 14 points in their win over the B.C. Lions on Friday.
After all, that's the same number they have been averaging since the beginning of the season, as they move onto the top of the CFL when it comes to allowing points, with just 56 in four games.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders follow up in second place, giving up 78 points in that same span. Every other team is already into three digits.
"To be honest, that was a stat that I didn't even know and I think the defence will be proud," said cornerback Joe Burnett, whose pair of interceptions saw Edmonton win Friday's turnover battle 2-0. "But it's one where we have a short memory and continue on. It's a long season from here.
"That's what it's about, we've still got a lot of room to improve and continue to grow as a unit."
Defensive tackle Ted Laurent, who raised the Lions hackles with a public comment about his defence already being the best in the league in the days leading up to Friday's meeting, became the first player to get a sack against the Lions in nearly 31/2 games.
Laurent wrapped up Travis Lulay for his second sack of the season with just 16 seconds left in regulation, against a Lions protection that has allowed a league-low four this season.
"We finally got to him, we worked hard all game," said Laurent, whose squad now has a league-leading 12 sacks. "I give credit to my defensive backs for having good coverage until I got the sack.
"So it's not really me, it's the DBs and linebackers covering that got me the sack."
Middle linebacker J.C. Sherritt recorded his 100th tackle in his 20th CFL game after earning a team-leading seven Friday night.
"I just found that out," Sherritt said. "That's a big credit to the front four, everybody got to see what they could do (Friday).
"It's a linebacker's dream to play behind those guys."