The Eskimos made it three wins in a row Friday night with a 33-25 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, at the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.
Head coach Jason Maas says they really wanted that third straight win.
“We’ve been waiting for that all year,” says Mass. “It was nice to do that tonight against a defense that’s tough to run on, so for us to go out and do that it spoke volumes for what coach Gibson had prepared for the guys, with Shakir Bell stepping in, and the O line doing the job. It was a great performance on their part.”
The Eskimos opened strong against the Roughriders, leading 22-3 at halftime.
Sean Whyte opened up the scoring with a 36 yard field goal, followed by Mike Reilly connecting with Derel Walker with a 31 yard pass for a touchdown. He then hit Shakir Bell for a 15 yard TD to end the first.
The Eskimos held Saskatchewan to only three points in the first half. But the Esks were caught sleeping in third quarter. That’s when Saskatchewan started to comeback with a pair of touchdowns. Edmonton woke up in fourth quarter with another field goal and a seven yard rushing touchdown from Reilly. Despite a Saskatchewan touchdown late in the game, the Eskies held on for the win.
Mike Reilly completed 21 of 26 passes for 253 yards, with two touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown. Shakir Bell rushed for 138 yards. Kicker Sean Whyte went three for three on field goals.
The Eskimos are now 5-4 on the season. The Riders have now lost five straight and sit at the bottom of the West with a record of 1-8.
Next up the Eskimos head down the QEII to take on the league leading 6-1-1 Calgary Stampeders. That will be the Labour Day Classic on Monday, September 5th. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. 630CHED will have all the action, with the pre-game show starting at 11:30a.m.