For the first time since Labour Day of last season the Edmonton Eskimos have lost a football game. After winning eight straight to end the regular season last year plus the Western final and Grey Cup and two more wins in the pre season, the Eskimos fell in their season opener 45-37 to the Ottawa REDBLACKS on Saturday.
After a slow first quarter, that ended with Ottawa leading 3-1, things got rolling for both offences. Things really changed for Ottawa when Henry Burris left with a hand injury and Trevor Harris came in. Harrris started 9 for 9 for 214 yards and two TDs , including a 71 yard pass and run play to Chris Williams for a TD on his first play from scrimmage. Harris finished the game 17 of 19 for 292 yards, and 3 TDs.
Ottawa rolled up 530 yards in net offence to 433 for the Eskimos. Williams had two TDs, Kienan Lafrance the other in regulation while Brad Sinopoli scored the game winning TD in overtime. John Whte scored two TDs for the Eskimos on offence, while rookie defensive end Rueben Frank blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a TD on special teams. A perfect night for the kickers as Sean Whyte went 5 for 5 on field goals while Chris Milo went 4 for 4. Both hit in the final minute, Milo from 55 yards with no time left to send it to overtime.
The Eskimos now get a week off before they play at home toi Saskatchewan on July 8.
Ottawa 45 Edmonton 37 OT
Eskimos stats leaders
Passing: Reilly 28 / 40 383 yards TD
Receiving: Walker 7 / 149 Bowman 9 / 106
Rushing : White 11 / 43 TD
Defensive Tackles: Lacey 9
Special teams tackles: Ladler 2
Next Game: July 8 vs Saskatchewan