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(Sunday, July 4th)
Final Score: British Columbia 25, Edmonton 10
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Paul McCallum made all six of his field-goal attempts and Jamal Robertson added a 61-yard touchdown run to lead British Columbia to a 25-10 victory over Edmonton in the season opener for both clubs.
Robertson, who came over from Toronto in the offseason, finished with 168 rushing yards on just 11 carries, while Casey Printers connected on 20-of-34 passes for 218 yards for the Lions, who went 8-10 last season.
Arkee Whitlock ran for 116 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for the Eskimos, who are looking to improve on last year's 9-9 regular season mark. Ricky Ray threw for 229 yards on 27-of-40 efficiency in the loss.
"I thought we were one of our biggest enemies," Edmonton head coach Richie Hall said. "For us to get to where we want to be, we have to do those little things, cause the little things are the big things that cost you football games."
McCallum opened the scoring with a 44-yard field goal in the opening frame, then got enough behind a 50-yarder early in the second for a 6-0 lead.
Robertson galloped 61 yards down the right sideline midway through the second stanza, though Arkee Whitlock capped a nine-play, 56-yard drive with a four- yard scamper to get Edmonton on the board with less than two minutes to go before halftime.
McCallum ended the first half scoring with a 30-yarder, then added kicks of 28 and 18 in the third after Noel Prefontaine split the uprights from 30 yards out early in the third.
Fittingly, McCallum capped the scoring with a 26-yard boot midway through the final stanza following a turnover.
"It feels good. I'm glad I could help the team," said McCallum, who tied his own franchise record with the six field goals. "We won the game, that's what it's about. I'm glad I could contribute."
With respect to the all-time series between these clubs, Edmonton leads in regular-season meetings by a count of 99-68-4...Kelly Campbell led Edmonton's receiving corps with 75 yards on eight catches but exited late in the game with an apparent quad injury...Derick Armstrong logged 73 yards on six grabs for BC.
07/04 23:38:20 ET
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