Headline: Andrew Harris Leads the Lions to Victory in the Klondike Capital
With the game resting on the foot of Paul McCallum with less than a minute left, the veteran kicker solidified the W for BC with a 45 yarder, edging Edmonton 19-18.
While blowout victories are good, it tis the close games that provide the basis for learning tools, this week’s Love ‘Em and Hate ‘Em will illustrate what’s going well and what isn’t.
One hundred of anything is special be it buttons, dollars, or touchdowns. SB Geroy Simon finally recorded TD number 100 on the weekend on what is turning out to be a banner filled season for Superman.
The TD catch was also the first of the 2012 campaign, probably meaning that Simon will be running routes easier without a certain gorilla on his back.
As mentioned in the header, the Lions Offensive focus was centered on the back on Andrew Harris. Harris was almost unstoppable as he rushed for over 100 yards and added an additional 78 yards through the air.
With all the high flying receivers at their disposal, Coaches Mike Benevides and Jacques Chapdelaine must feel secure knowing that they can rely on Harris to grind out the close contests.
The stat line for the CFL Defensive Player of the Week, Adam Bighill. Three tackles, two sacks and one interception. Bighill was a force everywhere and it’s a good thing he’s got big shoulders, this is his third weekly award. #44’s continued excellent play has got many people forgetting about the Lions last player acquisition.
There are many little things that may factor into BC”s success this year but I’m starting to feel that the big key is the Leo’s run defence. Once again, the front seven have limited an opponent to under 100 yards of team rushing. The last time any single rusher hit the century mark was Hugh Charles in the first Edmonton game.
This past outing, D-Coordinator Rich Stubler’s crew limited Charles to only 33 yards.
The box score for the Lions-Eskimos game shows that Paul McCallum was 4 of 6 on Field Goals, now that should be considered a nice afternoon but I’m having a problem with the 6 attempts.
This tells me that BC had control of the football deep in Edmonton territory and settled for 3 points instead of 7.
That’s the key word here settled. A team this talented shouldn’t settle for anything less than major scores. 6 unconverted touchdown drives: against a team that’s last in the division, this could prove fatal come playoff time.
While I applaud the Lions in their efforts to eke out close victories, now 5 games decided by 6 points or fewer, I need to condemn them for not having that sense of urgency in enemy territory.
Let’s hope that the orange and black find their killer instinct as they creep towards November.
The Lions return home this week-end to square off against another divisional opponent in Calgary.
Cheers, The Bartender