Eskimos show they will call any play at any time

Eskimos kicker Grant Shaw says while Thursday's fake punt didn't pan out, the players like the...

Eskimos kicker Grant Shaw says while Thursday's fake punt didn't pan out, the players like the coaches to call aggressive plays and trust them to execute them successfully. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:37 PM ET

It turns out there is a trick to calling trick plays.

Coming into Thursday night’s game against the Calgary Stampeders, Chris Jones was a perfect three-for-three as a CFL head coach.

But by halftime, he had his first miss.

Jones called a successful onside kick and a fake field goal on a touchdown drive in a season-opening victory over the B.C. Lions.

He followed up with direct snap to short-yardage quarterback Pat White on a fake punt that also led to a touchdown last week to hand the Winnipeg Blue Bombers their first loss of the season.

So, when he called a fake end-around in his own end zone on a punt fake that came up half a yard shy of a first down that would have sent the two sides into the half tied 13-13, the odds were on his side.

Or they were entirely against him, if you consider he was due to have one to fall through.

Call it 50-50 then, which is fitting for a game that had a raffle pot approaching $350,000 to take home.


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