Eskimos relatively short on CanCon

Stampeders' Malik Jackson tackles Eskimos quarterback Kerry Joseph during first-half action Friday...

Stampeders' Malik Jackson tackles Eskimos quarterback Kerry Joseph during first-half action Friday at Commonwealth Stadium. (Reuters)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 AM ET

EDMONTON - Seems like the Calgary Stampeders were determined to put the Canadian into the Canadian Football League.

Calgary got proceedings under way with a 12-yard pass to John Forzani and ended with a 37-year TD pass to Forzani.

In between time, most of the offensive output came from Canadian running back Jon Cornish.

Matter of fact, backup Matt Walter is also Canadian. The U of C Dinosaur grad scored his first TD of the season last week.

Interesting contrast with the Eskimos, who dressed two imports and a Canadian at running back. Import Hugh Charles got the first shift. Canadian Jerome Messam followed.

Import Cory Boyd finally gets in with just over five minutes left in the half.

At the half … Calgary’s Canadians, 59 yards; Eskimos tag-team, 59 yards.

Different story in the second half.

Cornish broke a 30-yarder early in the fourth quarter and added a 59-yard run with just over five minutes left to seal the deal. Cornish is now well on his way to a projected 1,000-yard plus season as Calgary takes over sole possession of second place in the CFL West.

AIR CAJUN

There was a definite Louisiana flavour to the Esks’ early passing game.

Quarterback Kerry Joseph started proceedings with passes of five and 19 yards to fellow Louisianan Cary Koch.

Had to wait until later in the first quarter to connect with Fred Stamps.

Streak broken when Joseph hit Charles on an outlet pass when he couldn’t find another receiver five minutes into the second quarter.

ANGLIN’ FOR YARDS

When Burke Dales didn’t have a leg to stand on after pushing his push-off foot to the point where he couldn’t start Friday’s game, Grant Shaw had to step in.

At least, he stepped into a first-quarter punt.

The ball hit the ground near the goal line, then bounced back out of bounds at the four for a net 51-yard punt.

PINNIN’ THEM DEEP

Cover teams helped Shaw out late in the first half, letting the Esks take a huge lead in the battle of field position.

Downfield coverage pinned Stamps returner Larry Taylor at his own three-yard line after a 66-yard Shaw punt.

The Esks got a break when Calgary was called for a penalty, nullifying Taylor’s 27-yard return late in the first half.

OOPS!

Not all went well on a night when punting took a front-row seat.

With the Esks on Calgary’s 42, head coach Kavis Reed called for a punt, rather than risk a long field goal.

Shaw caught the ball, slithered right and attempted a pooch punt that sailed out of bounds on the 28. Penalty was called because the ball had to hit the field before going out.

Net yardage: three.

SWEET 16

Esks head coach Kavis Reed keeps climbing up the Eskimos all-time head coaching wins list.

Reed started the evening with 16 wins, in a 13th-place tie with Don Matthews and the man he replaced, Richie Hall.

JERSEY SPOTTING

Plenty of No. 2 Stamps jerseys in honour of receiver Fred Stamps.

At least a couple of No. 36, Arkee Whitlock, even though the Esks started the game with three running backs.

Even one of No. 7 for Jim Sandusky, who caught a TD pass in the 1993 Grey Cup even though he had a separated shoulder.

What’s up with Stamps No. 82, though?

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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