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Friday, August 28, 2015

ESKIMOS 38 ARGONAUTS 15


EDMONTON - Rookie quarterback James Franklin threw one touchdown and ran in another as the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Toronto Argonauts 38-15 on Friday.

The win moved the Eskimos (6-3) back into a first-place in the CFL's West Division with the Calgary Stampeders. Edmonton was coming off a 49-20 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week.

Toronto saw a three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 6-3 on the season.

Franklin, making his first career start in place of Matt Nichols, engineered a 92-yard opening drive before capping it off by eluding a tackle and scrambling 18 yards into the end zone for an early 7-0 lead.

Franklin hit Derel Walker with a 53-yard pass, setting up a 23-yard Grant Shaw field goal on Edmonton's second drive.

Toronto got on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter, getting a single on a missed Swayze Waters field goal attempt. The Eskimos responded with a punt single.

The Argos put together a late drive culminating in a one-yard TD plunge by backup quarterback Adrian McPherson to make it 11-8 at the half.

Edmonton started the third quarter with a 21-yard Shaw field goal.

Franklin completed a 62-yard pass to Walker midway through the third, resulting in another Shaw field goal and a 17-8 Eskimos lead.

Toronto closed the gap to two points late in the third after a controversial pass interference call led to a one-yard touchdown pass from McPherson to Vidal Hazelton.

The Eskimos got a huge boost with just over 10 minutes to play when Kendial Lawrence exploded through coverage for a 65-yard punt return touchdown.

Edmonton made it 31-15 with five minutes to play when Franklin found Walker for an eight-yard TD pass.

The Esks put the game away for good when Aaron Grymes picked off a Trevor Harris pass and took it back 54 yards, setting up a nine-yard quarterback keep by third-stringer Jordan Lynch.

Both teams are off until Labour Day on Sept. 7 when the Argos travel to Hamilton and the Eskimos head south to Calgary to face the Stampeders.

(Canadian Press)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Before this year started. Franklin was sending out highlight tapes. I guess Taman didn't get his.

Anonymous said...

Wonder where all the Eskimo fans went last night, stadium seemed empty.

Anonymous said...

Maybe because it seats 68 billion people genious

Anonymous said...

Commonwealth Stadium always seems empty--60,000-seat stadium far too big for the CFL.

Also, the Eskimos are deemed as a minor-league competitor to the Oilers. It's all Connor MacDavid and the new arena.

Anonymous said...

True enough. The Eskimos are a distant 2nd to the Oilers in terms of public interest in E-town.