THE CANADIAN PRESS
EDMONTON -- The tough season continued for the Edmonton Eskimos, who suffered another rough loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night.
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"We didn’t execute," said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. "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 Hugh O’Neill.
For the Stamps, missing field goals was not an issue, as Rene Paredes kicked the Eskimos when they were down.
The Calgary kicker struck for five field goals, including one from 50 yards, helping the Stamps to a third-straight win and second over the Esks in a five-game span.
"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 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.