John White ran in a pair of touchdowns as the Eskimos dumped the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 40-26 Friday night. White, who got his starting job back this week when Shakir Bell was injured in Wednesday’s practice, ran into the end zone from three and five yards out. He also ran a two-point convert late in the game and finished with 19 carries for 104 yards.
The win evened the Green and Gold’s record to 7 and 7 and gave the club the three-game season series (2-1) against Winnipeg, who drop to 8 and 6 on the season.
Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly completed 32 of 38 pass attempts for 355 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Edmonton receivers Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker, who are first and second respectively in the CFL in receiving yardage, caught TD passes. Bowman’s was a 15-yard grab and Walker put up a 61-yard catch-and-run followed by White’s two-point convert. Walker had 10 catches for 120 yards and Bowman had 10 grabs for 97 yards.
The Eskimos continue their four-game ‘road’ trip on Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 10 against the Montreal Alouettes. Looking a long way ahead, the Eskimos have just one home game left on the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium this season. It’s on Saturday, Nov. 5 when the visitors are the Toronto Argonauts.