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Thursday, July 20, 2017

ESKIMOS STUN TIGER-CATS

Canadian Press
HAMILTON - Nail-biters are nothing new for the Edmonton Eskimos this season, so quarterback Mike Reilly had no doubt his offence could score a game-winning touchdown with 70 seconds left on the clock.

"We know one-minute-plus in the CFL is forever, really,'' said Reilly, who threw three touchdown passes in a 31-28 come-from-behind win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in CFL action Thursday night.

"And that's the great part of this season so far. That's not our first time being in a similar scenario to that. I've got confidence in our guys and I think they've got confidence in themselves because of having to do it already.''

The team has won all four of its games this season by a combined 12 points.

The Esks overcame a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to improve to 4-0 in front of 23,531 at Tim Hortons Field and sit atop the West Division. Hamilton (0-4) is last in the East. The last time Hamilton started the season 0-4 it was 2007 and Eskimos head coach Jason Maas was the Ticats' quarterback.

Down 28-23 with 1:10 on the clock, Reilly engineered the 75-yard winning drive, hitting Vidal Hazelton for a 15-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left for Edmonton's first lead of the game. A two-point convert made it 31-28.

"It's just a mindset our team has right now,'' said Maas. "That if the game is close, we feel like if we can give the ball to our offence and we need a score, we'll score. If our defence needs to come up with a big play to stop 'em, they'll stop 'em. It's just confidence from doing it well in the hard situations we've been put in.''

Hamilton had one final chance to march back down the field but Kenneth Ladler intercepted a Zach Collaros pass to seal the victory.

"Up until a couple of plays, we had a chance to win,'' said Hamilton head coach Kent Austin. "But those guys made key plays and you have to tip your hat to them. They deserved to win.''

Bryant Mitchell, Travon Van, and Cory Watson also scored for Edmonton. Luke Tasker and Geoff Hughes scored for Hamilton.

Hamilton kicker Sergio Castillo was good on all four field-goal attempts, one from 18, two from 46 and one from 37 yards.

Edmonton kicker Sean Whyte hit a 40-yard field goal, but also had a missed convert and a blocked punt.

Reilly completed 27-of-37 pass attempts for 350 yards. Collaros completed 22-of-36 pass attempts for 249 yards, one touchdown pass and two interceptions.

Reilly came into the game with 17,099 career passing yards and needed just 27 yards to move ahead of Maas for 38th all-time. He did that in the first quarter with a 13-yard pass to Mitchell.

Hamilton had a 15-13 lead to start the third. Edmonton's opening drive stalled at its own 46 and Ticat Terrell Davis blocked Whyte's punt, leaving the linebacker Hughes to scoop it up and run in for the five-yard score and a 22-13 lead. Castillo's 46-yard field goal made it 25-13 on Hamilton's next possession.

Reilly finished off an 87-yard drive early in the fourth with a 34-yard TD pass to Watson, pulling to 25-20. The drive included a second-and-22 conversion and it seemed the tide had turned. Whyte's 40-yarder with 6:35 left made it 25-23.

Castillo's 37-yarder with 1:17 left in the game made it 28-23.

In the game's opening series, Castillo's 18-yarder gave Hamilton a 3-0 lead, highlighted by a 40-yard run by Ross Scheuerman. The Ticats had been averaging 41 rushing yards per game entering Thursday.

A conceded safety by Edmonton's Whyte and a 46-yarder by Castillo made it 8-0 for Hamilton midway through the first.

But Reilly marched the Esks 75 yards in the final five minutes, completing all six pass attempts and hitting Mitchell for the 29-yard TD catch-and-run. Whyte missed the convert and the quarter ended with the Ticats up 8-6.

The teams exchanged TDs late in the second quarter. Collaros led a 75-yard scoring drive, aided by Mike Jones' 30-yard reception and three Edmonton penalties. Collaros hit Tasker in the end zone at third-and-two for the 15-6 lead and 2:24 on the clock.

(The Canadian Press)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a season devastating loss by Austin's Cats Thursday. Can't recover from that , it's over Hamilton..... Oskie wweeeeeeee weeeeeeee

Anonymous said...

It pains me to write this, but it sure seems clear now that the Eskimos are the new Kings of the CFL and headed for another Grey Cup this year.

Anonymous said...

Just to think the Eskimos are missing 2 of their top 3 offensive weapons in Bowman and John White plus 3 linebackers in which 2 of them are their starters and they still continue to win and are the best team in the CFL at 4-0 .Mike Reilly is easily the best QB in the CFL and has ice water in his veins.

Morgan said...

I heard that Owen and Kent Austin are better friends than ever... Oskee wee wee wah wah wah! Owen-Four!!!

Anonymous said...

Eskimos almost lost that game.....but yep....heading for the GC. LOL

Anonymous said...

To the anon talking about the Eskies almost losing and heading to the Grey Cup...here is the thing, the Eskies have won all 4 games in close battles always finding a way to do it and when guys come back healthy which will happen in Bowman and Hightower you are looking at a Grey Cup contender...nothing saying they are there because that is a long road yet but they will have a legit chance to go for it through play-offs. Have fun watching them because your Riders won't be anywhere near making play-offs...all four other west teams are better then you guys so I understand why you have no intelligence with the way you make your comments outside of the Riders.

Anonymous said...

Just like Calgary last year...whoops never mind

3RD and 1 said...

To the brave Anon who talks about Rider fans lacking Intelligence. Since it's incredibly clear that your loud comments are designed to cover up your weak cause. Allow me to point out the obvious. This is in fact a Green and White Rider site. You come on here trolling and are easily offended when you read pro Rider comments. Let's point out that one must be lacking in general every day intellect to not have figured that out. Your EE site was laced with very similar comments when the Eskino's went with less than 6 wins a few season in a row. The last being 4-14 with a HC that loudly stated there would be Consiquences.
The only reason you came here was due to a 4 win start this season. When the E-no's were in their tail spin. Both you and the majority of the fan base was no where to be seen. Especially trolling on the best supported CFL's team web site.
I sure hope you have the kohonas to come on here when the EE are beaten by SK this year. My Spider senses tell me that there is no way on Gods GREEN earth that you will come anywhere near here when that happens.