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Calgary Stampeders vs. BC Lions: Week 18 game balls

BC wins 26-7

It might have been an entirely meaningless game but it was a win the B.C. Lions needed.

With a trip to Regina for the Western Semi-Final looming, the Lions got some solid quarterback play from all three pivots and saw the running game finally get re-established.

The defense, as usual, was strong but it was the ground game that impressed. Rushing yards have been at a premium in the second half of the season for the Lions but they seemed to finally figure it out against the Stamps.

Throw in the fact that Travis Lulay saw his first in-game action since Sept. 15 and the Lions do have a little momentum heading into the do or die game against the Roughriders. Here are my week 18 game balls:

Offensive Game Ball – Andrew Harris

It’s been an up and down season for #33 but he finished off the regular season on a high note. Harris broke the 100 yard mark for the first time since July 30 and looked pretty dominant doing so. He also scored his first touchdown since Sept. 27.

The game might have felt like a preseason but Harris needed a showing like this.

He’s felt the heat with the Lions bringing Stefan Logan late in the season and he’s the kind of guy who could break out in a playoff game.

The Lions will need the running game going if they hope to have a chance against the Roughriders and getting Harris going is key.

The defense, as usual, was strong

The defense, as usual, was strong

Defensive Game Ball – Adam Bighill

It’s only fitting that the Lions best defensive player all year was a force again in the final game of the season. Bighill had three tackles and a sack but he’s a guy you notice on almost every play. Sure, the Lions weren’t exactly going up against the Stamps best but the D overall was solid, holding Calgary to only 219 yards offense.

Honourable mention to Eric Taylor, who had a team high five tackles. Another impressive fact is the D took no penalties the entire game.

Special Teams Game Ball – Paul McCallum

McCallum did all that was asked of him against the Stamps, hitting four of four field goals and both extra points. He also nailed his longest field goal of the year when he booted a 47 yarder in the second quarter. McCallum heads into the playoffs on a pretty nice run, only missing one field goal in the past six games.

It’s still undecided who starts at quarterback for the Lions on Sunday but I think it’s got to be Lulay. He looked fine against the Stamps and if he falters you can always go to Buck Pierce or Thomas DeMarco. But give Lulay the chance to work his magic and you never know what could happen.

Another key factor for the Lions to walk out of Regina with a win is to keep the running game going. BC has two legit threats in Harris and Logan and they need to get them going early.

I really have no worries at all about the D, which has been great all season long.

It all goes down Sunday in beautiful Regina on TSN with a kick off scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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