The Edmonton Eskimos’ 1997 Season

Season Summary

Edmonton Eskimos 1997 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

Edmonton Eskimos 1997 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 2 1 1 0 2 33 49 W1 1-1-0
Regular Season 18 12 6 0 24 479 400 W4 4-2-0
Home 9 7 2 0 14 304 194 W2 5-1-0
Visitor 9 5 4 0 10 175 206 W2 2-4-0
Intra-division 10 6 4 0 12 252 257 W2 3-3-0
Inter-division 8 6 2 0 12 227 143 W2 4-2-0

Full 1997 League Standings

Edmonton Eskimos 1997 Opponent Appearances

Opponent@ EDMEDM @
BC Lions (3)1-1-0 (2)0-1-0 (1)
Calgary Stampeders (4)2-0-0 (2)1-1-0 (2)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2)1-0-0 (1)1-0-0 (1)
Montreal Alouettes (2)1-0-0 (1)1-0-0 (1)
Saskatchewan Roughriders (3)1-0-0 (1)1-1-0 (2)
Toronto Argonauts (2)0-1-0 (1)0-1-0 (1)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2)1-0-0 (1)1-0-0 (1)

Coaches

Head Coaches

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Assistant Coaches
  • Brad Miller – Defensive
  • Jim Hillies – Defensive front
  • Ron “R.D.” Lancaster, Jr. – Offensive
  • Gary Durchik – Offensive line
  • Scott Fawcett – Special teams

1997 Edmonton Eskimos Attendance

  • Capacity: 60,081
  • High: 43,913
  • Avg: 31,894 (9 out of 9 games)
  • Variance over 1996 Avg: +2,077
  • Low: 26,010
  • Sellouts: 0
  • % of Capacity: 53.09
  • Variance from League Avg: +10,602

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Team Scoring

19971996 +/-
Average Combined Score 48.83 3.67 +
Average Winning Score 31.67 1.12 +
Average Losing Score 16.50 1.07 -
Average Home Score 33.78 8.00 +
Average Visitor Score 19.44 5.78 -
Average Margin of Victory 13.92 1.27 -
Average Margin of Loss 14.67 5.81 +

Stadium

  • 1997 home stadium: Commonwealth Stadium
  • Capacity: 60,081
  • Playing surface: Natural Grass
  • Previous stadium change: 1983 – Expansion

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Regular Season Scoring Summary by Quarter

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
HVT HVT HVT HVT H (PPG)V (PPG)T (PPG)
Edmonton 464389 8244126 623395 10455159 304 (33.8)175 (19.4)479 (26.6)
Opponent 494190 6376139 514192 314879 206 (22.9)194 (21.6)400 (22.2)

Lead/Trailed Record by Quarter

Home Visitor Total
Quarter Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record)
After 1st 4 (3-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (4-1-0) 4 (3-1-0) 2 (0-2-0) 3 (2-1-0) 8 (6-2-0) 2 (0-2-0) 8 (6-2-0)
After 2nd 6 (5-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (2-1-0) 4 (4-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (1-4-0) 10 (9-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 8 (3-5-0)
After 3rd 5 (4-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (3-1-0) 4 (4-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (1-4-0) 9 (8-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 9 (4-5-0)
After 4th 6 (6-0-0) 1 (1-0-0) 2 (0-2-0) 5 (5-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (0-4-0) 11 (11-0-0) 1 (1-0-0) 6 (0-6-0)
After OT1 1 (1-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 1 (1-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0)

Edmonton Eskimos 1997 Stars of the Week

Offensive Star

  • 1 – Eric Blount
  • 1 – Danny McManus
  • Defensive Star

    • 2 – Glenn Rogers
    • 2 – Willie Pless
    • 1 – Kavis Reed

Lineman Star

  • 1 – Derek MacCready
  • 1 – Leo Groenewegen

Edmonton Eskimos 1997 Player Awards and Nominations

1997 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Danny McManus (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — Willie Pless (Winner)
  • Offensive Lineman — Leo Groenewegen (Team Nominee)
  • Canadian Player — Derek MacCready (Team Nominee)
  • Rookie — Mark Verbeek (née Mark Farraway) (Team Nominee)

Edmonton Eskimos 1997 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
1–3 (3) [BC] Ian Franklin (CB) Weber State
1–8 (8) Mark Verbeek (née Mark Farraway) (DL) St. Francis Xavier
2–7 (16) Patrice Denis (LB) Western Ontario
4–8 (32) David Heasman (OL) Northern Arizona
5–7 (40) O.J. Santiago (TE) Kent State
6–7 (47) Chris Hardy (QB) Manitoba
Week Game Details (EDT
A 3
Sun. June 8
11:00 PM
EDM 15 @ BC 32 L 10,284
B 8
Thu. June 19
9:30 PM
SSK 17 @ EDM 18 W 32,291
1 9
Wed. June 25
9:30 PM
EDM 23 @ CGY 22 W 24,868 TSN
2 15
Fri. July 4
9:30 PM
EDM 24 @ SSK 18 W 25,751 TSN, RDS
3 18
Thu. July 10
10:00 PM
BC 41 @ EDM 31 L 26,010 TSN
4 22
Thu. July 17
9:30 PM
MTL 0 @ EDM 32 W 27,811
5 25
Thu. July 24
7:30 PM
EDM 34 @ MTL 24 W 10,025 TSN, RDS, ESPN2
6 30
Thu. July 31
9:30 PM
SSK 34 @ EDM 37 W 30,917
7 34
Thu. Aug. 7
9:30 PM
WPG 11 @ EDM 45 W 29,293
8 37
Thu. Aug. 14
7:00 PM
EDM 14 @ TOR 38 L 18,031 RDS, TSN
9 42
Thu. Aug. 21
9:30 PM
HAM 24 @ EDM 28 W 26,960
10 47
Mon. Sept. 1
4:00 PM
EDM 14 @ CGY 27 L 37,611 CBC
11 49
Fri. Sept. 5
9:30 PM
CGY 20 @ EDM 24 W 43,913 TSN
12 54
Sat. Sept. 13
10:30 PM
EDM 1 @ BC 27 L 25,088
13 58
Sat. Sept. 20
10:00 PM
TOR 25 @ EDM 24 L 38,619 TSN
14 63
Sun. Sept. 28
4:00 PM
EDM 15 @ SSK 29 L 29,361
15 68
Sun. Oct. 5
3:00 PM
CGY 32 @ EDM 42 OT W 31,572 CBC
16 71
Sun. Oct. 12
2:00 PM
EDM 20 @ WPG 2 W 18,524 CBC
17 75
Sun. Oct. 19
3:00 PM
BC 7 @ EDM 41 W 31,958
18 78
Sat. Oct. 25
2:00 PM
EDM 30 @ HAM 19 W 16,110 RDS, CBC
P2 84
Sun. Nov. 9
3:45 PM
SSK 31 @ EDM 30 L 38,258 CBC