Canadian Football League

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Eskimos closing in on first in Canadian Football League

A perfect night from kicker Sean Fleming lifted Edmonton to a 22-19 win over British Columbia Friday and kept the Lions from clinching first place in the CFL West Division.
Fleming was five for five in field goals, with his last coming from 36 yards out and no time left to win the game. The Eskimos (11-6) are now two points back of the Lions and can finish first if they beat Calgary in the final regular season game and the Lions (12-5) lose to Saskatchewan. The Lions have lost five of their last six games.
Troy Davis scored the only touchdown for Edmonton at 13:25 of the second quarter after the Lions had prolonged the scoring drive with roughing the passer and unnecessary roughness major penalties.
Kelly Wiltshire's third interception of the year set up a Fleming 47-yard field goal with no time left for a 13-9 Eskimos lead at the half.
Fleming, who was sat out three games earlier in the year for
inconsistent play, connected from 28 yards in the third quarter and 42 yards early in the fourth.
Lions quarterback Casey Printers made a third straight start for the concussed Dave Dickenson.
Printers, just 7-for-17 in the first half, hit Geroy Simon for a five-yard score to pull to within 19-16.
Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray broke Warren Moon's 1983 team record of 664 pass attempts in a season. Ray is one of only three Edmonton quarterbacks to pass for 5,000 yards in a season.
NOTES: -One month after his induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, former offensive lineman Rod Connop was inducted to the Eskimos Wall of Honour at the half. ... Eskimos defensive back Shannon Garrett spent the bye week at his home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, seeing the devastation from hurricane Katrina for the first time ...The Stampeders are in Winnipeg Sunday


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