BC stakes its claim to a playoff spot

Love ‘Em Hate ‘Em

For the second straight week the BC Lions defensive unit has been on fire, recording three defensive scores in a 53-17 romp over the hapless Blue Bombers.  And while Winnipeg may be the CFL‘s version of a get well card, BC needed to prove to the rest of the league that they, in fact, can dispose of the weaker opponents handily.

Which brings us to this week’s recap, Love ‘Em / Hate ‘Em style.

Love ‘Em

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Short, stocky, powerful and decides all laws in the unruly West.  Much like the handgun that bears his number, LB Adam Bighill is a difference maker for this team and is making a surge for defensive player of the year.  The intense hard-hitting defender was scored a TD on a fumble recovery and set up another after dislodging the ball and most joints on former Leo WR Akeem Foster.

With the ball loose, CB Cord Parks picked it up and returned it to the house. Bighill was everywhere for the Lions on Friday night, finishing with 10 tackles and a sack as well.

Back on Track

While his numbers aren’t staggering, compared to what he is capable of, but it appears that Andrew Harris is finally back on the radar of Offensive Coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine.  Harris finished with 16 touches for 82 yards and a major, way up from his previous action.

As the weather turns sour in October, Harris will need to play a larger role in the offense.

Team Effort

While BC put up over 50 points, no single Lion had a remarkably stellar day offensively.  Mind you that is attributed to the defense giving the O some tremendous field position.

No receiver caught over hundred yards and Thomas DeMarco only threw for 170 and 1 TD.

This just shows how every Leo played and contributed to a total team effort.

Adam Bighill

Adam Bighill is a difference maker (Photo: The Province)

Welcome Buck

The CFL is a unique league with idiosyncrasies coast to coast but what it does have is fan loyalty.  As Buck Pierce entered the game against his former team, the Winnipeg faithful saluted and cheered him in what was the largest ovation of the evening.

Kudos to Bombers nation for showing great respect for a former player, but really, this a statement to Pierce’s character. He has adopted Winnipeg as his home and has played the game the right way, full of honour, courage, and pride.

He fully deserved the warm greetings from opposing fans.

Hate ‘Em

Know Thy Enemy

Quickly! Name current Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  You probably said Clarence Denmark and stopped. Because Denmark is the only weapon in Blue and Gold and he is Winnipeg’s only threat, therefore he should have been double teamed every play.

Instead, he managed to find space in the secondary for 118 yards and 2 TD’s on 6 catches. Down early in the contest, the Bombers were forced to throw yet Denmark finds himself in one on one situations. Coach Mike Benevides’ only faux pas was not making this adjustment.

Missed Opportunity

Yes the game was out of reach and most back-ups were in the contest but after a Lin-J Shell fumble recovery, the Lions had the ball on the Winnipeg 11 yard line.  The drive resulted in a Paul McCallum 12 yard FG. Playing time is sacred at the professional level, so players coming in for mop up duty must have the same killer instinct and production value as the starters.

Even this deep into the season, the coaching staff is still evaluating players. Failing to produce points when given prime field position is not what the coaches are looking for.

So the Lions did what they had to do, go into enemy territory and lay a beat down on a weaker opponent. With the “W” BC secured a spot in the post season party standing all alone in second place.

With the re-match against Saskatchewan this weekend at BC place the Lions will have their eyes on trying to reel in Calgary and further distance themselves from the Riders.

Cheers, The Bartender


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About Phil Slater

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