Eskimos overcome early deficit to edge Lions

Edmonton Eskimos' Eddie Steele (left) Almondo Sewell (right) tackles BC Lions' quarterback Kevin...

Edmonton Eskimos' Eddie Steele (left) Almondo Sewell (right) tackles BC Lions' quarterback Kevin Glenn during the first half of CFL game at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday June 28, 2014. Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:22 PM ET

VANCOUVER — Things couldn't have started much worse for the highly touted but recently relocated Chris Jones defence in Saturday's season opener.

Making his CFL head coaching debut with the Edmonton Eskimos, Jones watched helplessly from the sidelines as the new defence he also co-ordinates melted in the wake of a 55-yard touchdown by B.C. Lions running back Andrew Harris on the game's opening series.

But it was the Eskimos who chugged to a 27-20 victory in front of 24,524 at B.C. Place Stadium.

Edmonton's response to Harris's receiving-touchdown trot stalled out after Lions defensive end Khreem Smith handed Edmonton its first sack of the season for a nine-yard loss.

But Eskimos defensive tackle Eddie Steel got it right back for his offence, intercepting a Glenn pass at the line of scrimmage at B.C.'s 34 yard-line.


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