Eskimos Sherritt tackles a bigger issue

J.C. Sherritt would like to help bring a championship to Edmonton. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI Agency)

J.C. Sherritt would like to help bring a championship to Edmonton. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:11 PM ET

MONTREAL - J.C. Sherritt has bigger issues to tackle than a CFL record.

Like, helping his team earn a playoff spot on Friday, for instance.

Still, the Edmonton Eskimos middle linebacker is the closest out of any this season to come close to threatening Calvin Tiggle’s record-setting 129 with the Toronto Argonauts in 1994.

The four Sherritt earned in a 27-25 loss to the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday not only pushed his tackles to a league-leading 119 on the season, but earned him an Eskimos franchise record by edging out the legendary Willie Pless’s 117 from the 1998 season.

“It’s an honour,” said Sherritt, the 2011 West Division nominee for rookie of the year. “It’s so tough with a loss, it just puts things into perspective, because who cares if you hold records if you’re not winning championships, right?

“In the long-term, nobody cares about records. Everybody cares about championships, especially in Edmonton.”

Which is something the Eskimos still have to earn the right to play for in the post-season, which they can do with a few different scenarios when the regular-season schedule closes out next weekend. But none are as simple as earning a victory over the visiting Calgary Stampeders on Friday (7 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED).

“That’s how I am, and where I’m from, they think the same things,” said the five-foot-nine, 218-pound Eastern Washington product, who calls Seattle home. “I don’t want to sound disrespectful, it’s an honour but we’ve got to win a championship.”

EAGLES SOAR: The same week Sherritt earned his club record, a couple of fellow Eastern Washington Eagles teammates came up big, with Hamilton Tiger-cats defensive end Greg Peach scored a touchdown in the final game at Ivor Wynne Stadium, while Eskimos backup quarterback Matt Nichols threw three touchdowns in the span of nine minutes in relief work for the injured Kerry Joseph (finger).

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