Lions stave off Stamps in showdown
The B.C. Lions entered the field of play on Sunday with uncontested swagger. One might not expect this from a club who has struggled against West Division foe Calgary as of late. But the Lions didn’t just take to the field, they stormed it dawning unprecedented uniforms that still have the province buzzing.
The Leo’s new third jerseys are something like a page taken from the Oregon Ducks football program.
The crowd, like the players, went into a frenzy when the blacked out squad rushed out of the tunnel. From that point on, there was no turning back for the Lions. In an important win against their divisional rivals, here are the game balls for B.C.
Offensive game ball – Andrew Harris
Andrew Harris was our offensive saving grace once again last week. With Travis Lulay throwing an uncharacteristic three interceptions, the Lions desperately needed a spark with the ball. Harris was fired up, as usual, but with those new black uniforms he really looked like he meant business.
Harris amassed 117 yards of total offense, the fifth time so far this season he has surpassed the century mark in yards from scrimmage. With that type of production out of the backfield, the Lions can only get better once Lulay gets back to his typical form.
It’s pretty certain that Harris will continue this type of play, so look for him to rack up a few more game balls before this season’s end.
Defensive game ball – Solomon Elimimian
This was a toss up between linebackers Adam Bighill and Solomon Elimimian.
I sided with Solomon based on one play really. It was early in the game and the stadium was already a buzz, Calgary handed the ball to Jon Cornish and Elimimian came flying into the backfield to make a huge tackle for loss.
That moment brought the crowd to it’s feet and really established the B.C. defensive presence for the game. It set the pace for a great game for number 56, who registered eight tackles, bringing his 2013 total to 37.
I have a feeling this also won’t be Solomon’s last game ball the season.
Special teams game ball – Tim Brown
Well, if you didn’t see this coming you must live under a rock. Tim Brown electrified B.C. Place on Saturday, slicing his way through would-be Calgary tacklers all night.
In particular, Brown broke ankles all along the field for a 97 yard kickoff returned for a B.C. touchdown. Brown has been consistent all season, but had yet to have that huge breakout game we all knew was coming.
Well, this was his breakout game of the year for sure, and he got the attention of the whole CFL in earning the league’s special teams player of the week honours.
Special game ball – B.C. Lions uniforms
As well as the Leos played and as important as it was to beat the Stamps, it was the third jerseys of the B.C. Lions that has the whole country talking.
The new uniforms, which include all black material with orange trim and a matte black helmet, are something you don’t see often in pro football.
Many fans are hoping this could trigger a trend in the CFL and have other teams getting creative with their uniform choices.
One thing is for sure, Lions fans love these unique outfits and definitely hope to see them again.