August 24, 2013

Stamps: ‘We feel like we’re so close’


EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos are so close they can feel it.

Following their Week 9 loss to the Roughriders, the Esks have now lost their last four games by a combined score of 12 points and the frustration level is peaking.

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“It’s tough, very frustrating,” said receiver Fred Stamps, who reeled in a pair of TD passes. “We feel like we’re so close. It’s frightening.

“It’s tough because we’re so hungry. I don’t know. We’re right there, we’re right there.”

Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed agreed.

“With the game we played, we should have beat arguably the best team in the league,” he said. “We just couldn’t finish it off again.”

Roughriders DB Dwight Anderson, however, was pleased with his team’s performance.

“We just kept in the game and kept in the moment,” Anderson said. “We just didn’t get flustered. We just knew that we needed to keep going out there and come up with a big play to give our offence a chance to win it.”

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are entering record-setting territory with their start this season.

Kory Sheets ran for a pair of touchdowns as Saskatchewan continued to set the pace in the CFL with a 30-27 come-from-behind road victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday.

Despite their opponent’s lack of success this season, Chamblin said he knew the Eskimos were going to be a challenge.

“The Eskimos are very close to becoming a winning football team and we knew that we would be facing a tough opponent,” he said. “We talked about being like a clock. Being slow and steady and going one second at a time, one play at a time. We did that. It came down to being steady and the last play was on us.”

Sheets scampered for 139 yards and easily eclipsed the 1,000 yards rushing mark for the season in the game, becoming the first player in league history to do so in his team’s first eight games.

“It gives you a little bit of bragging rights around the league,” he said. “Your friends are going to be calling and I know the guys in the locker room are going to be messing around with me.

“It was a real team victory today. The offence played well, and so did the defence and special teams. There is nothing more you can ask for that a complete team victory.”

With files from Staff