Redemption in Steel Town
Headline: BC avenges last year’s embarrassment as they roll over the Tabbies 37-17.
It was a night where the BC Lions walked into Ivor Wynne stadium and absolutely knocked the stripes off of the Tiger-Cats. This late in the season and the Leos put together their most complete team victory, facing a team that was desperate for win to save their playoff hopes.
The Lions used an early score to deflate Hamilton’s confidence and rev up their defensive engine.
There’s a lot to love and some to hate with this “W” so let’s re-cap in this week’s Love ‘Em and Hate ‘Em.
This was supposed to a big year for RB Andrew Harris. In his first year as a full time starter Harris has shattered the BC Lions record for combined yards by a Canadian, eclipsing Matt Clark’s record by the first quarter.
Later in the game Harris topped Terry Evanshan’s mark for combined yards by a Canadian in the history of the CFL. Harris, and Calgary’s Jon Cornish will now set their sights on Normie Kwong’s record of 1,437 rushing yards by a Canadian.
Most others simply wouldn’t play. Heading into the game, Lions QB Travis Lulay was facing a perfect storm of personal issues, having just lost a loved one, leaving an expectant wife at home and battling a stomach virus from the onset of the road trip to Steel Town.
Most others would have would have taken the day off, and no-one would have questioned their decision, not Lulay. Driven by his ultra-competitive nature the Lions pivot donned his gear and lit up the league’s worst defence for 343 yards and 2 TD’s, increasing his TD pass streak to 26 games.
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Stop the Rock
One of the most electrifying players in the CFL is Hamilton’s dual threat receiver/returner Chris Williams, who has a combined 12 touchdowns already this season.
Both the Lions Defence and Special Teams all but eliminated Williams from the stat sheet after Williams blew past the Lions in week two, accounting for two major scores.
Limiting his targets as a pass catcher and blanketing him on punt returns, kept the speedster out of the End-Zone.
Once again, in the absence of some of BC’s top end talent, it’s some new faces that are emerging down this homestretch and leaving Lions fans excited by the future of the franchise.
Defensively we are witnessing the establishment of a great Defensive Tackle in Brandon Jordan. Starting for the injured Eric Taylor, he has amassed 4 tackles in two games while playing with a ton of emotion.
A converted O-lineman, Jordan uses his skills to keep his opponents from blocking BC Linebackers.
Head to Head
The hit from behind from Hamilton’s Dee Webb on Lions WR Marco Iannuzzi was bad enough. The fact that Webb targeted the head was downright disgusting.
Those pundits out there thinking that this was a legal football play and only the outcome was unfortunate should be shunned from football games across the nation. This is exactly the type of contact football leagues worldwide are trying to eliminate.
Marco was turning towards the football, back turned to the defender and the hit was a double knock to the head, first with the initial impact and then his helmet ringing off the turf.
Iannuzzi claims to recall the play in its entirety and has passed the first round of concussion testing, which is excellent.
He will most likely be sidelined for this week-ends matchup with the Eskimos.
Everything was set up for this contest to be a typical trap game for Coach Mike Benevides and the Leos. BC faced a long road trip, against a weaker opponent, fighting for its playoff life, on a field where they got trounced last season.
But it was the surging Lions who took control of this game early.
It was a special night as Lions saw the last of one Canadian icon in Ivor Wynne and possibly the arrival of another in Andrew Harris.
A victory over Edmonton next week could mean BC will lock up the CFL West Division.
Cheers, The Bartender