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Photo Scott Grant /

Trevor Harris and Greg Ellingson were a classic duo in Ottawa.

Fans expected them to continue that chemistry after the pair signed with Edmonton in the off-season. But it wasn’t really a prime focus in their offence.

Until Friday.

Harris found Ellingson 10 times, including two touchdowns for 170 yards as the Edmonton Eskimos rang up over 500 yards of offence and rolled over the Toronto Argonauts 41-26.

Ellingson was responsible for the game’s first touchdown, after five receptions on their first drive. Hindsight allows us to know this would foreshadow things to come.

The Esks later added a second touchdown which was helped by a 59-yard DaVaris Daniels grab. Daniels did it again down the sidelines in the final minute of the opening half for 57 yards. In just his fifth game of the season, Daniels posted 115 yards on five catches.

Four sacks on McLeod Bethel-Thompson snuffed out three of the Argos drives. They settled for nine points out of a possible 24 (including successful two-point converts). Tyler Crapigna went 4-for-4 for all 12 of Toronto’s points. Edmonton shut out the Argos 26-0 in their last meeting and looked strong early.

Their offence was pretty solid in moving the ball down the field to put themselves in a position to score, they just couldn’t get over the hump. They were 3-for-3 in the red zone, just with no touchdowns to show for it.

The Argonauts defence meanwhile had a tough time stopping anybody. They conceded 276 yards after the first half and trailed 24-12. All of Edmonton’s points were from the red zone and there was only one two-and-out.

Things started off better for the boatmen in the third, forcing a two-and-out before – finally – getting their first touchdown, a one-yard pass to S.J. Green. A web gem from Rodney Smith was included in the successful series.

Bethel-Thompson went 19-of-26 for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

Harris was determined not to let the lead slip away. After a couple of stalled drives, the quarterback showed pinpoint accuracy down the field on the quarters third drive, which culminated in a remarkable diving Ellingson catch. Just like old times.

Harris had three passing touchdowns and two rushing, and threw for 420 yards on 28-of-41 passing.

The Argos caught some breaks in the fourth. An illegal procedure call took a C.J. Gable touchdown off the board, before Bethel-Thompson found Armanti Edwards for 33 yards. Tack on a roughing the passer call, the double blue found pay dirt the next play on a Branden Burks catch and run. The score read 34-26 after the quick swing.

The defences traded stops before Harris sealed the game up with a couple of big receptions to Daniels and Ellingson, on top of some time-sucking runs and Harris’ second plunging touchdown.

Edmonton is back home against Winnipeg next week and Toronto draws the first Sunday game of the season against Montreal out east.


Grant Deme
Grant Deme is a reporter and anchor in southwestern Ontario and a lifelong follower of the CFL.