Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Eskimos Beat Montreal Alouettes 23-12 to Snap Three-Game Skid

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Eskimos Beat Montreal Alouettes 23-12 to Snap Three-Game Skid

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Eskimos beat Alouettes 23-12 to snap slide


EDMONTON - When the Edmonton Eskimos couldn't get it going with their offence, their defence stepped up.

Deon Lacey had a six-yard interception return touchdown with less than a minute to play as the Eskimos snapped a three-game losing skid with a sloppy 23-12 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday.

"We fought, we battled all night, which our team does," said Eskimos coach Jason Maas. "We realize it's going to be tough to win every single week, but we've talked about it all along, we're usually our worst enemy on the field and tonight it reared its ugly head again."

The defending Grey Cup champion Eskimos improved to 3-4.

Edmonton needed the defence to come up big, with the Eskimos offence not getting the job done. Edmonton fumbled the ball away twice at the Montreal one-yard line when the club could have put the game away.

"Our defence played a great game and held strong and did what needed to be done," said Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly, who scored the game's lone offensive TD.

"Offensively, we've just got to clean a few things up. If we can get out of our own way, that's a 40-point ball game, but if we don't, it's not."

Montreal lost its second game in a row to drop to 2-5.

"It is deflating when you see guys fighting the whole game. The guys fought all the way to the end," said Montreal quarterback Kevin Glenn, whose team was kept without a touchdown for the second time this season. "We can't get into the end zone. We have to figure out a way to do that.

"I take blame for some of the stuff. I can't throw a pick like that."

The Eskimos looked great out of the gate on their opening drive, however it fell apart at the end of it as receiver Derel Walker fumbled the ball off of a Montreal defender at the one-yard line and turned it over. The Alouettes ended up conceding a two-point safety. …

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