Running game comes up big for Eskimos

Eskimos' Hugh Charles scored the game-winning touchdown on the ground in their win over the Bombers...

Eskimos' Hugh Charles scored the game-winning touchdown on the ground in their win over the Bombers last weekend. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:57 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos put up 400 yards through the air in regulation time during a 35-7 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week, but they stuck to the ground in overtime.

Running back Hugh Charles covered the requisite 35 yards on back-to-back carries to reach the end zone in the extra session for the game winner.

“The conversation on the sideline was, ‘This is a new game. They’re going to get a possession as well and if they match what we do, it’s going to be another game within that game,’ ” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “So what we were talking about is going back to what we felt were the things that we needed to do to start a drive. Don’t look at the fact that we need a touchdown, we need a drive.

“And that was our best run play.”

One that got them a successful third-and-two conversion earlier in the game, along with a nine-yard gain and a 12-yard gain prior to Charles fumbling the ball away.


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