Two of the six Mountaineer alumni that are currently on CFL rosters were in action this past weekend. The weekend’s match-ups were highlighted by two WVU greats facing off against one another as Pat White and the Edmonton Eskimos hosted Jock Sanders and his Calgary Stampeders Thursday night at Commonwealth Stadium.
White substituted in for Edmonton starter, Mike Reilly, at the quarterback position multiple times at the end of the first quarter, and in the beginning of the second. On his first two snaps in the game, White handed the ball off on back to back read-option plays to get the Esks past midfield.
Pat White even got the opportunity to air out the ball when Reilly had to leave the game for two plays at the start of the second quarter. White’s only pass of the game was wiped off the stat sheet after a Calgary defensive back impeded an Edmonton receiver’s ability to make a play on the ball.
After pass interference was called on the Stamps, the ball was spotted on the one yard of Calgary territory. On the very next play, White went under center, and took the ball over the goal line for his very first touchdown in his Canadian Football League career.
The score by White tied the game at 10, however it was spectacular special teams play by the Stampeders that made the difference in the outcome. Calgary kicker Rene Paredes was a perfect 4 for 4 on field goal tries in the game, and earned 14 of the Stamps’ 26 points in the contest.
Jock Sanders saw extended time at running back on Thursday night as Calgary starter, Matt Walters, had to leave the game early in the first quarter due to concussion like symptoms. Sanders took full advantage of the opportunity as he led all running backs in the game with 86 yards on 16 carries. His longest run in the game was a 20 yard scamper to start the third quarter. He also had a 7 yard reception as Calgary went on to win this edition of the “Battle of Alberta” 26-22.
With the victory, Calgary improves to a record of 4-0 while Edmonton drops to 4-1. Calgary currently sits in first place of the CFL west division, while Edmonton and Winnipeg are tied for second.
Elsewhere in Week 5 CFL action:
• Toronto running back, Steve Slaton, was deactivated by the Argonauts prior to their Saturday night game at Saskatchewan. This was the fourth game this season he has had to sit out due to injury. The Argos went on to lose to the Rough Riders 37-9 late Saturday night. They are now 1-4 on the season. Slaton is currently on the team’s one game injury list, but will be eligible to return in week 6.
• Edmonton’s Noel Devine and Selvish Capers both had their time on the team’s one game injury list extended by another week. With Edmonton on a bye this week, both will have to wait till at least August 7th to be reactivated by the organization.
• Edmonton’s Robert Sands is still on the team’s six game injury list, and will miss at least the next two games for the Esks.
• CFL Week 6 schedule:
– HAMILTON @ WINNIPEG THUR. 07/31 7:00PM (ESPN3.COM)
– TORONTO @ MONTREAL FRI. 08/01 7:00PM (ESPN3.COM)
– BC @ CALGARY FRI. 08/01 10:00PM (ESPNNEWS)
– SASKATCHEWAN @ OTTAWA SAT. 08/02 7:00PM (ESPN3.COM)
– BYE WEEK: EDMONTON
(TEAMS IN BOLD HAVE WVU ALUMNI ON THE ROSTER)