Edmonton Eskimos 24 @ Saskatchewan Roughriders 18

Game Details

  • Week 2
  • 7th Game of Regular Season (15th Overall)
  • Friday, Jul 4, 1997 9:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Taylor Field in Regina, SK
    • Surface: Sand Filled Artificial Turf (OmniTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 25,751
    • Capacity: 27,732
  • Broadcasters:
    • TSN
    • RDS

Game Notes

Game Summary

25,751 ’Rider Priders filed into Taylor Field last Friday night in hopes that their unbeaten Roughriders would capture their second consecutive win. However, their opposition, the 1-0 Edmonton Eskimos, showed up and spoiled the party. It was the Eskimos who got the ball rolling at 3:44 of the opening frame when K Sean Fleming connected on a 31-yard FG. The potent ’Rider defence showed why it will be a force all season long as LB Lamar McGriggs stepped in front of an errant Danny McManus pass and returned it 20 yards before sending a lateral to DB Dale Joseph who took it another 75 for the major score. Saskatchewan K Paul McCallum added the convert putting them up by a 7-3 score. However the see-saw battle continued as Edmonton SB Darren Flutie teamed up with McManus for a 9-yard TD. The Fleming convert closed out the first quarter scoring with Edmonton on top by a 10-7 score. The Eskimos added to their lead 6:05 into the second period when a bad snap sailed over McCallum’s head causing him to give up a safety touch. Six minutes later however the ’Riders countered back as RB Shawn Daniels plunged over the goal line from 1-yard out. McCallum’s convert made the score 14-12 in favour of the Green ’Riders. Fleming closed out the first half scoring at 13:53 with a 28-yard FG giving the Eskimos a slim 15-14 half-time lead. McCallum put the ’Riders up once again at 3:36 into the third quarter when he booted a 42-yard FG. Defence however was the name of the game on this night as Edmonton DB Kavis Reed picked off a Kevin Mason pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. Flemings convert put the Esks up by a 22-17 margin, a lead they would not relinquish. Two Fleming singles and a McCallum single rounded out the scoring as the Eskimos left Taylor Field with a 24-18 win running their record to 2-0, while the ’Riders fell to 1-1.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Saskatchewan and Edmonton Matchups
1996Week BEDM 18 @ SSK 23
Week 3EDM 24 @ SSK 27
Week 8SSK 8 @ EDM 25
1997Week BSSK 17 @ EDM 18
Week 2EDM 24 @ SSK 18
Week 6SSK 34 @ EDM 37
Week 14EDM 15 @ SSK 29
Division FinalSSK 31 @ EDM 30

Roughriders record vs Eskimos (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Saskatchewan 9–4–0 (0.692)
  • at Edmonton 2–11–0 (0.154)
  • Saskatchewan Total 11–15–0 (0.423)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Saskatchewan 42–37–0 (0.532)
  • at Edmonton 27–50–2 (0.354)
  • Saskatchewan Total 69–87–2 (0.443)

Streaks as of July 4, 1997 (Regular Season)

Roughriders streak at home vs Eskimos
Roughriders streak overall vs Eskimos


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eskimos 10 5 7 2 24
Roughriders 7 7 3 1 18

Eskimos coach: Ron Lancaster (W)
Roughriders coach: Jim Daley (L)

Eskimos (2-0-0) Next vs Lions Jul 11
Roughriders (1-1-0) Next vs Argonauts Jul 13

Game Time Weather in Regina, SK

July 4th Hourly Weather Summary for Regina
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
Regina Int'l A 7:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 16.2°C NNE (280°) at 17 km/h 81% 94.70 kPa
Regina Int'l A 8:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 15.8°C NNE (300°) at 15 km/h 87% 94.74 kPa
Regina Int'l A 9:00 PM Mainly Clear 14.3°C NNE (300°) at 13 km/h 94% 94.77 kPa
Regina Int'l A 10:00 PM Mainly Clear 14.0°C NNE (330°) at 17 km/h 88% 94.80 kPa
Regina Int'l A 11:00 PM Mainly Clear 11.8°C NNE (310°) at 11 km/h 97% 94.86 kPa

Conditions at Regina Int'l A (4.23 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

League Records Set and Approached in EDM @ SSK
Including known plays over 55 yards

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)