Battle of the Best
The B.C. Lions won the battle between the best team in the West vs. the best out of the East (going into Saturday).
They also maintained a one game lead over the Calgary Stampeders with the victory, who also won resoundingly 44-3 against the sad Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Offensive Game Ball
Make it 22!
Quarterback Travis Lulay extended his second best ever CFL streak of 22 straight games with a touchdown (first is Sam Etcheverry) with two touchdown tosses to just one interception. He threw for 390 yards and tacked on 42 yards on the ground, for good measure.
Another day at the office for the Leo’s quarterback.
The CFL’s best player loses out for the Offensive Game Ball this week to the CFL’s best receiver ever, Geroy Simon. Simon, who missed his first game in four years last week, bounced back with 117 yards from 6 receptions.
The 14-year veteran is still looking for his first touchdown of the year, but hopefully the game ball will make up for it!
Lumbala also took home the Offensive Game Ball for the All Name Team.
Defensive Game Ball
He’s back, ladies and gentleman. Solomon Elimimian watched the Lions victory in street clothes and the Argos offense thanks the football gods he wasn’t on the field but next week the Eskimos won’t be as lucky as the returning Leo should suit up.
Veteran defensive back Dante Marsh paced the defense with 6 tackles.
Your game ball goes to the man who saved the game, and continues to perform under pressure.
Adam Bighill, the man in the middle on the Leo defense hasn’t exactly been sitting peacefully the past few weeks with Elimimian’s imminent return But Bighill came up big again on Saturday, including recovering Ricky Ray’s fumble with just a few seconds left.
Special mention to Khreem Smith for forcing that fumble!
Special Teams Game Ball
Paul McCallum was good for 2/3 field goals on Saturday, and only punted four times to do turnovers and a terrific Leo attack.
The Special Teams Game Ball goes to the CFL’s Gibson’s Finest Special Teams player of the week, Tim Brown.
This season, the former Arena Football League return man has done little on a much larger surface, and I’ve called out the return game countless times.
Well, good news; he reads NWSportsBeat.com, because he really woke up.
Although he didn’t take any back to the house, he averaged over 10 yards per punt return, constantly putting the Leo’s offense in good position to score.
He also tacked on 77 kickoff yardage, including a long of 32.
The Lions head to the road and a match with the Edmonton Eskimos this Saturday, the 22nd.