Lions D puts the boots to the Bombers
Last week might have been the coming out party for Thomas DeMarco, but week 14 was all about the BC Lions‘ defense.
BC’s defense actually outscored the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ offense and put on a show at Investors Group Field. Above all else, the Lions looked like they were having a lot of fun out there during the romp, and I loved the way they kept their foot on the throat of the hapless Bombers.
One short sequence of plays that summed up the entire game for me was in the second quarter when Dante Marsh took an ill-advised pass interference penalty to give Winnipeg a fresh set of downs. Then on the very next play, he grabbed an 80-yard pick six.
True veteran class and that play pretty much sealed the deal.
Here are my game balls for week 14:
Offensive Game Ball: Andrew Harris
It’s always a good sign when the Lions have the run game going and Harris had a strong game in the backfield. He averaged five yards a carry, with his best being a 17-yard touchdown to add salt to the Bombers’ wounds in the third quarter.
Honourable mentions to Nick Moore and Courtney Taylor who both had some huge grabs and picked up big yards after the catch. DeMarco was solid but unspectacular, which is okay because he didn’t have to be.
Defensive Game Ball: Adam Bighill
What a game from No. 44. Bighill forced three turnovers and was an absolute force all game long. The Bombers only managed 32 yards rushing, and Bighill was a huge part of that.
He also picked up 10 tackles, one sack and opened the scoring for the Lions with a fumble recovery.
Bighill may have had an incredible game, but there were so many Lions defensive players who dominated. The aforementioned Marsh and Cord Parks also scored touchdowns from the defensive side and Solomon Elimimian had a nice game with an interception and a sack.
Bottom line, this was the most impressive defensive showing of the year from the Lions. Sure, it was against Winnipeg, but for the D to produce that much can’t be overlooked.
Special Teams Ball: Paul McCallum
Kind of by default here because the Lions didn’t get many kick return chances from the Bombers because of the amazing defensive play. McCallum was a perfect 3-of-3 in field-goal attempts, and that’s really all you can ask for from a kicker.
A few of his punts were off, and that’s something he’ll need to fine tune against better teams, but no complaints from the special teams side in this game.
Huge game coming up for the Lions as BC Place looks to be invaded by all things green when the Saskatchewan Roughriders come to town on Oct. 4.
With a win, the Lions could almost guarantee second place in the West and make their path to the Grey Cup a whole lot easier.
I know Travis Lulay is supposed to be close to returning, but I’d love to see DeMarco get the start. He’s done everything that he’s been asked to do and the Lions haven’t skipped a beat since he took over under centre.
Give Lulay more time to recover and make sure he’s 100 percent for the playoffs. It all goes down during Friday Night Football on TSN with a kick off at 7 p.m.