Edmonton Eskimos fall to 1-9 with eighth loss in a row
Calgary Stampeders' Keon Raymond (25) and Charleston Hughes (39) tackle Edmonton Eskimos' Mike Reilly (13) during second half action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday September 6, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Published Saturday, September 7, 2013 11:47AM EDT
EDMONTON - Rene Paredes kicked the Edmonton Eskimos when they were down.
The Calgary kicker struck for five field goals, including one from 50 yards, as the Stampeders won their second game over the hapless Eskimos in a five-day span, coming away with a 22-12 victory on Friday night.
The Stampeders, who won the first half of the Labour Day double-dip 37-34 on Labour Day, have won three in a row to improve to 8-2.
"We knew it would take a gutsy effort to get the job done. We got one," said Calgary coach John Hufnagel. "Edmonton played very physical, like we knew they would. It was a tough game to score touchdowns. Fortunately, our field goal kicker kicked them through the uprights. He is one of the best and he displayed that tonight.
Stampeders starting quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell said that Paredes' consistent play has been very valuable for Calgary.
"I've never had a kicker like him," he said. "I've played with some good guys who had big legs, but no one like him. It's almost like he can hit a 150-yard chip shot, and he just rolls it in every time. I don't think people realize how clutch that is for an offence to be able to get the ball down to the 40 and trust your guy to get the points."
The sorry season continues for the Eskimos (1-9) who have lost eight in a row, the second worst start in team history after a 1-10 launch in 1971.
"We didn't execute," said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed, whose own kicker, Hugh O'Neill, missed a pair of field goals. "In tight gamesa it was a major factor. The most important thing right now is to keep the football team together."
Edmonton's hard luck to start games continued early, as Cary Koch fumbled a punt return and Stampeder Ben D'Aguilar pounced on it at the Eskimos 21-yard line. The error quickly turned into an 11-yard TD pass from Mitchell to Jon Cornish for a 7-0 Calgary lead less than four minutes into the game.
Koch would leave the game with a knee injury later in the first quarter.
Both teams remained off the scoreboard until Edmonton got a single five minutes into the second quarter on a 36-yard field goal miss by O'Neill.
The Eskimos' defence came up with a much-needed big play as Chris Thompson picked off a Mitchell pass and returned it 27 yards to the Calgary 27. The Eskimos were able to make the most of the turnover as John White took it in from the one to take an 8-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
Calgary responded on its next possession with a Paredes field goal from 42 yards.
Edmonton's defence forced another turnover deep in Calgary territory with three minutes left in the first half as Matt Walter fumbled and linebacker Damaso Munoz jumped on the ball at the Calgary 33. However O'Neill was off target again as he missed a 24-yard field goal to make for a 10-9 Calgary lead at the half.
The Stamps added to their lead with a 34-yard field goal by Paredes midway through the third quarter to make it 13-9.
Paredes kicked his third field goal from 37 yards out to start the fourth quarter and put the Stampeders up by seven.
Edmonton got a bit of a break three minutes into the fourth when quarterback Mike Reilly was ruled to have been down on a fumble at the Calgary 39-yard line after a video review overturned what was originally thought to be a fumble recovery for the Stamps. Edmonton could have tied the game, but White dropped a perfect pass on his way into the end zone. The Eskimos settled for a 14-yard O'Neill field goal.
Calgary restored its advantage with six minutes remaining as Paredes hit a 50-yard field goal to make it 19-12. It was the longest field goal in the CFL this season.
"It felt good to do that," Paredes said. "I haven't had kicked a long one in a long time. I think my longest was a 42 this year. It felt great to hit a 50-yarder. I knew I could do it. I just hadn't had the chance to."
Paredes added a 42-yarder with two minutes left to put the game out of reach.
The Stampeders suit up again next Friday when they play host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Edmonton remains at home to face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next Saturday.
Notes: The Eskimos lost their previous five games by a combined 15 points, and their last three games were three-point lossesa Eskimos GM Ed Hervey publicly dressed down his squad after Monday's loss in Calgary, focusing much of his ire on offensive lineman Simeon Rottier. He was replaced on the line by Cliff Louis as Edmonton went with the rarity of three import linemen and three rookiesa Edmonton finally saw the return of receiver Adarius Bowman, who has not been able to suit up in a regular season game since Week 2 of the 2012 season due to injuriesa The Stampeders had offensive lineman Edwin Harrison and defensive lineman Etienne Legare come off the nine-game disabled list in time for the gamea Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell made his second start of the season with normal starter Kevin Glenn still smarting from a knee injurya Calgary general manager and head coach John Hufnagel coached his 100th game with the club. Only Wally Buono has coached that many games for the Stampeders.