Eskimos teammates familiar with rivalries

Calvin McCarty's college lost to Mike Reilly's school in their college championship nine years ago....

Calvin McCarty's college lost to Mike Reilly's school in their college championship nine years ago. (PERRY NELSON/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

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There’s an old saying in football that it doesn’t matter how bad a season gets, as long as your team beats its rival.

Unfortunately, the Edmonton Eskimos are pushing that theory to the limit in a 3-12 season, as they head into their last home game of 2013 in Friday’s third-and-final Battle of Alberta.

Already eliminated from playoff contention, the Eskimos are 0-2 in the season series against the Calgary Stampeders, while Friday (7 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED) is their last chance to salvage something from this once historic provincial rivalry.

“We had one in college, we played against Calvin (McCarty’s) team, Western Washington, and we kind of hung our hat on that game,” said Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly, who played at rival Central Washington. “My sophomore year was our worst season, we went 6-5 and every other year we were like 8-2, 10-1.

“But that 6-5 year, we still beat our rival. We didn’t make it to the playoffs, but all off-season you could at least rememb


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