Of the hundreds upon hundreds of franchise records owned by the Edmonton Elks, there’s one record they’d rather leave behind. The Elks have been on a 12-game home losing streak since October 2019.
On Saturday, the Elks will look to end the streak and claim their first win of the season at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium when they host the Ottawa Redblacks.
A victory for the Elks would mean they would end their home-and-home set with the Redblacks after a 30-12 win in Ottawa last Friday.
A win would also give the Elks their first winning streak of the season and keep their hopes of a playoff spot alive en route to the Labor Day series with the Calgary Stampeders.
Any win is now crucial for the Elks, who have a 3-7 record, six points behind the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-5) in fourth place in the West, the Eastern Division crossover spot.
The Elks came back from a 12-3 deficit in the second quarter and surpassed the Red Blacks by a 27-0 lead thanks to a dominant second half. The Elks held the ball for 22:29, produced 16 first downs and scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions. The Elks enjoyed their widest lead (18 points) in their last 36 games.
Elks overtake Redblacks in 30-12 win in Ottawa
Receiver Kenny Lawler and quarterback Taylor Cornelius enjoy good chemistry between the two. In Lawler’s last five games, he has 27 catches for 411 yards and has four touchdowns. Cornelius is averaging 220 passing yards per game and has a 2-3 record this season.
Defensive tackle Jake Ceresna has been strong since coming off the injured list after six games with a shoulder injury. In his last three games, Cerensna has put on 15 defensive plays, including four quarterback sacks as the team leader.
Edmonton Elks forced to do O-Line shuffle
David Beard returns to the lineup after missing last week’s game in COVID protocol. He returns to his familiar center position along the offensive line.
The news isn’t so good for his offensive lineman Tony Washington, who has been placed on a six-game injury list with a neck injury. Martez Ivey slides from right tackle to left tackle.
Rookie Andrew Garnett will make his pro debut by starting with the right tackle. Garnett is a product of Towson University.
Receiver Manny Arceneaux has been placed on the six-game injury list with a high ankle sprain sustained at last week’s game in Ottawa. Arceneaux is the Elks’ second-best receiver with 456 yards and has one touchdown.
Canadian linebackers Jordan Reaves and Jeremie Dominique will join the roster, as will American receiver Christian Saulsberry, who will share return duties with Dillon Mitchell. Saulsberry was signed earlier this week following a cut in training camp. In two preseason games, he recorded 172 kickoff return yards.
Joining the squad is Canadian defender J-Min Pelley who will be a healthy scratch. Canadian linebacker Jamie Harry and Canadian defenseman Jacob Plamondon were both added to the team’s practice roster.
The following are the planned offensive and defensive launchers for the Moose:
Quarterback: Taylor Cornelius
Running back: Ante Milanovich-Litre (full-back: Tanner Green)
Offensive Line: Martez Ivey, David Foucault, David Beard, Mark Korte, Andrew Garnett
Recipients: Derel Walker, Kenny Lawler, Dillon Mitchell, Kai Locksley, Chris Osei-Kusi
Line of Defense: Thomas Cositgan, Makana Henry, Jake Ceresna, Matt Thomas
Linebackers: Adam Konar, Nyles Morgan, Enock Makanzo
Defenders: Duron Carter, Ed Gainey, Scott Hutter, Treston Decoud, Nafees Lyon
You can listen to live coverage of Saturday’s game between the Elks and the Redblacks on 630 CHED beginning with Countdown to Kickoff with Brenden Escott at 3:30 p.m. The opening kickoff at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium will be at 5 p.m. with Morley Scott and Dave Campbell analyzing former Edmonton Football Team forward and two-time Gray Cup champion Blake Dermott. David Boles will report from the Elks sidelines.
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