Another Labour Day Classic came and went like it has for the last five years….with an Eskimos loss. Saturday the Eskimos will look for redemption as they host the Calgary Stampeders on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in the Labour Day Rematch game.
The Eskimos lost 45-24 to the Stampeders on Monday losing their fifth straight Labour Day Classic and ending a season-high three game winning streak. The turnaround to the rematch game is a quick making rest, preparation, and the process from moving on from a tough loss challenging.
The Eskimos got off to another slow start falling behind 18-0 to the Stampeders after the first quarter. It’s the sixth time in the first 10 games of the season the Eskimos have scored two points or less in the first quarter. The Eskimos were outgained in total yards by a margin of 502 to 320. Quarterback Mike Reilly was held to a season low 219 passing yards. Reilly was sacked four times, throwing two interceptions, one touchdown pass, a running in for a touchdown himself for his fourth major of the season. Derel Walker scored his sixth touchdown of the season. Linebacker Kenny Ladler returned an interception 66 yards for his first CFL touchdown.
The Stampeders won for the seventh straight time and are unbeaten in nine straight games. Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell completed 80 percent of his passes throwing for 380 yards and two touchdown passes. Running back Jerome Messam recorded 110 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns and adding 49 yards receiving on six receptions. Defensive back Jamar Wall recorded two interceptions.
The Stampeders didn’t allow a sack for the sixth time this season. They have a point differential of plus-114 and are winning by an average margin of 15 points. The Eskimos will try to avoid being swept by the Stampeders in the Labour Day series for the fourth time in the last five years.
The Eskimo signed defensive end Philip Hunt this week and will start on Saturday. Hunt last played in the CFL in 2010. That season Hunt recorded 16 quarterback sacks for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was named a CFL All-Star. Hunt has spent the last five years in the NFL recording 23 defensive tackles and four sacks with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, and New Orleans Saints.
Defensive end Jason Vega has been placed on the six-game injured list after suffering an ankle injury late in practice on Thursday. Long-snapper Ryan King returns to the lineup after missing the last six games with a shoulder injury. Offensive lineman Chris Greaves and receiver Natey Adjei will move on to the roster. Linebacker Adam Konar has been placed on the six-game injured list with a leg injury. Fellow linebacker Blair Smith was also injured on Labour Day and is on the one-game injured list. Offensive lineman David Beard comes out of the lineup and is placed on the one-game injured list.
Quarterback: Mike Reilly
Running back: John White (Fullback: Calvin McCarty)
Offensive Line: Tony Washington-Simeon Rottier-Justin Sorensen-Matt O’Donnell-D’Anthony Batiste
Receivers: Derel Walker-Adarius Bowman-Cory Watson-Chris Getzlaf-Nate Coehoorn
Defensive Line: Philip Hunt-Eddie Steele-Almondo Sewell-Odell Willis
Linebackers: Deon Lacey-J.C. Sherritt-Kenny Ladler
Defensive Backs: Pat Watkins-Marcell Young-Neil King-Brandyn Thompson-Cords Parks
You can hear the Labour Day Rematch between the Eskimos and the Stampeders on 630 CHED starting with the pre-game show at 3:30pm The kick-off on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium is 5pm with Morley Scott and Dave Campbell calling all of the live action, with analysis from former Eskimos offensive lineman and two-time Grey Cup Champion Blake Dermott, and Brenden Ullrich reporting from the Eskimos sidelines.