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Sunday, November 13, 2016

ESKIMOS ADVANCE, BEAT TICATS 24-21 IN CFL ESF

HAMILTON - John White wants to return to the Grey Cup the right way.

White ran for 160 yards and two TDs to lead the Edmonton to an exciting 24-21 East Division semifinal win over Hamilton on Sunday. Sean Whyte kicked the game-winning nine-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining after Kenny Ladler's interception gave the Eskimos possession at the Tiger-Cats' 20-yard line.

Ladler's interception also won him the team pool for top defensive play of the game.

White was Edmonton's best answer to the stiff southwest wind that gusted up to 40 kilometres an hour throughout the contest. And that was no accident as the Eskimos boasted the CFL's second-leading ground attack this season (103.7 yards per game).

"Establishing our run we knew was going to be important today ... obviously it was a key to victory for us,'' said Eskimos coach Jason Maas.

But the five-foot-eight, 186-pound White reluctantly watched Edmonton's Grey Cup-winning run last year because of an Achilles injury. Healthy again, he's anxious to be a key cog in the Eskimos' title defence.

"Man it feels great,'' White said. "I'm not going to get too into it but I just want to take care of the next game and try to get to that Grey Cup the right way.

"It (watching title run) was bitter-sweet but my guys got it done. I have another shot at it this year but I'm not going to let that weigh on my shoulders.''

Amazingly, White was nearly a pre-game scratch. He said he suffered a dislocated finger catching passes prior to the opening kickoff but fortunately was able to have it reset.

"I'm proud of our football team but man, John White, I probably can't be more proud of a guy than him because of that injury he came back from,'' said Maas. "When you're the starter and your football club goes on to win a Grey Cup without you I mean I think it always lingers in the back of your head, 'Would they have won with me?'

"I can assure you we can win a Grey Cup with John White as our tailback.''

Edmonton will visit the Ottawa Redblacks in the East Division final Sunday with the winner advancing to the Grey Cup game Nov. 27 at BMO Field.

The East final will be a rematch of last year's Grey Cup, which Edmonton won 26-20. Maas was the Redblacks' offensive co-ordinator last season before being hired as the Eskimos head coach when Chris Jones become the head coach/GM of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Ottawa swept the season series 2-0, winning 45-37 in overtime June 25 before earning a 23-20 victory in August. And that's left a bitter taste in Maas's mouth.

"I obviously have a lot of friends there and people who mean a lot to me and I think anytime you have friends you want to beat them probably worse than anybody else,'' he said. "I also factor in we're 0-2 against them this year, that gives us just as much motivation as anything to beat them ... we want to rectify that.''

(Canadian Press)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lets hope for a west vrs west Grey Cup!!!!

Anonymous said...

What??? No oskie wee wee? More like Oskie what no cup again this year. It was such a certainty all year long by a certain ti-cat fan who trolls here. With the football god of Kent Austin. But just another playoff collapse at the end by Hamilton for the 4th year.

Anonymous said...

The Sk. Football God Mr. Kent Austin and his Tiger Cats could of benefitted from key players out with injuries late in the season ie; Tasker, Fantuz, Owens, Stephens etc etc. A late non call cost Tiger Cats this game on what looked to be a promising down field drive for the final game winning points. As has been the norm all season long the referees and the league command center had a hand in who won this contest on the Odell Willis non call infraction. Congratulations edmonton eskimos. But hey! We're always happy as we move to 2017 because It's "Oskee Wee Wee all the time" 24/7/365.

PS,
Saskatchewan always wanting to be just like the Tiger Cats of Hamilton have commisioned their very own version of the Tiger Cats "Oskee Yeble Yell" with a few subtle modifications to their team wording, here you go... enjoy.

Tskee Wee Wee,
Tskee Waa Waa,
Holy MAKINAW!
Roughriders Eat'en RAW!
Never in the play-offs.
Waa Waa Waa.

See ya next season, merry Xmas/Happy New Year when the Tiger Cats win the Grey Cup 2017.

Oskee Wee Wee,
Oskee Waa Waa,
Holy MAKINAW!
Tiger Cats Eat'em RAW!

Sincerely,
Oskee

Morgan said...

It was funny to see oskee wee wee lose again in the playoffs. The drought continues! The lowly ticats fans wish they had the 2 recent grey cup wins that the powerful sask riders do!!! Go Riders Go!!! 2017 Grey Cup Champs!!!

Anonymous said...

Me thinks Austin gets one more year Oskee Waa Waa guy...then... HE GONE!

Anonymous said...

I whole heartily agree.

Oskee

Anonymous said...

Dear misguided Morgan,

Morgan Morgan Morgan... sigh! To his credit The Sk. Football God Mr. Kent Austin is personally responsible for bestowing two Grey Cup Championship titles upon riderville out of the four the Roughriders franchise own. Now a days the "lowly Riders are perpetual Chumps of the CFL."

Morgan said...

Dear misguided anonymous,

Just like your favorite football franchise you have no identity... are you a grey cup contender or just a weak east division team who backed their way into a second place finish? Are you a franchise that hasn't drinken from the championship trophy since the 90's? I guess only someone who pays attention would know what's what.

Take it from me, your ticats have zero future. They're circling the drain as we speak. The riders are young and up and coming. Come November 2017, you'll see just what I mean.