Esks' guests put pride on the Lion in rematch

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by JIM MORRIS, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Another loss to the Edmonton Eskimos would put a huge dent in the B.C. Lions hopes of finishing first in the CFL's West Division for a fifth consecutive season.

But something much more important -- pride -- will be on the line tonight when the Lions have their rematch with the Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium (7 p.m., TSN).

The Eskimos manhandled the Lions 27-20 last week at B.C. Place in a game where the score didn't indicate how dominate the visitors were. That defeat raised some questions the Lions want to answer -- quickly.

"This is a pride game," said B.C. quarterback Buck Pierce, who admits to playing one of his worst games of the season last week. "Our jobs are considered by wins and loses. It makes it a pride thing.

"We want to go in there, flex our muscles and win."

Lions defensive lineman Brent Johnson said he and his teammates have to answer the Eskimos challenge.

"Anytime you get a team that comes in and beats you in your own house and beats you quite significantly ... a good way to make up for that is to go into their place and do the same," he said. "That's what we are after this week."

Eskimos coach Danny Maciocia expects the Lions to bring a snarl with them.

"It's going to take another giant effort for us to go out there and duplicate what we just did," said Maciocia. "They're going to come out and play us really hard, and they're going to physically try to dominate the line of scrimmage."

Edmonton, B.C. and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are all tied for second place in the West with 9-6 records. The Calgary Stampeders lead the pack at 10-5.

A B.C. loss coupled with the Stampeders beating Winnipeg tomorrow means the Lions can't finish first.

The Eskimos have won two of their previous three games with the Lions. To win the tiebreaker against Edmonton, B.C. must win tonight's game by 13 or more points.

Last week, a second quarter skirmish saw Edmonton's Siddeeq Shabazz ejected and resulted in fines being levied against B.C.'s Rob Murphy and the Eskimo's Dario Romero.

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