Whitlock caps comeback win for Eskimos

Arkee Whitlock’s 18-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the difference as the Edmonton Eskimos overcame a 22-0 deficit on Saturday to beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 38-33 at Mosaic Stadium.

Edmonton Eskimo Arkee Whitlock celebrates his winning touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders late in second-half CFL action in Regina on Saturday. The Eskimos defeated the Roughriders 38-33.

Eskimos 38 Roughriders 33

REGINA — Arkee Whitlock’s 18-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the difference as the Edmonton Eskimos overcame a 22-0 deficit on Saturday to beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 38-33 at Mosaic Stadium.

Edmonton (2-2) managed just two first downs in the first 18 minutes of play before quarterback Ricky Ray engineered a 10-play 61-yard drive that culminated in a Noel Prefontaine field goal to get the Eskimos on the board in the second quarter.

From there Edmonton took control through the end of the third quarter as Saskatchewan (2-2) managed only a Luca Congi field goal and was held at one point to four consecutive two-and-outs.

Calvin McCarty ran for two touchdowns and Tristan Jackson returned a punt 75 yards for another to spearhead the Edmonton comeback.

The Roughriders went back ahead 33-30 early in the fourth quarter on Chris Szarka’s one-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion to Andy Fantuz, but Edmonton was not to be denied.

Riders punter Jaime Boreham gave up a safety to make it 33-32 before Whitlock put Edmonton ahead for good on the next series. The two-point convert attempt failed, but the Eskimos still led 38-33.

Saskatchewan’s hopes of a comeback were dashed first when Steven Jyles was stopped short on a third-and-one attempt at the Eskimos’ 25-yard line, and again when starting quarterback Darian Durant’s pass to Weston Dressler was ruled incomplete on a third-and-four effort in the final minute of play.

McCarty led all rushers in the game with 76 yards on nine attempts.

Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray finished the game 23-for-32 for 247 yards while Prefontaine added two more field goals and three converts.

Durant completed 20-of-36 passes, including a four-yard touchdown toss to Wes Cates to open the scoring, and ran for an 18-yard major himself.

Saskatchewan’s other points came from a 70-yard Lance Frazier interception return and a Boreham single in the first.

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