Home Sweet Dome
After struggling on the road versus the surging ‘Riders last weekend, the B.C. Lions got back to their winning ways against the second-place Calgary Stampeders at B.C. Place on Saturday night.
The injury laden Leos, missing stand-outs Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce, managed to edge out the red and black by a score of 27-22, becoming the first team in the CFL this season to reach the ten win mark.
Offensive Game Ball
With substantial injuries to their receiving core, the Lions leaned on who else, Andrew Harris, who earns this week’s game ball. Harris earned CFL’s Canadian Player of the Week nod after he totaled 73 rushing yards and a score on only 15 carries, as well as four catches for 52 yards.
Harris’ 2012 campaign puts him in solid contention for the league’s Outstanding Canadian award at the end of the year. He has won three Canadian Player of the Week awards so far this season, as well as July’s Canadian Player of the Month.
The fan favourite Harris has undoubtedly become the Lions’ workhorse and not-s0-secret weapon. Other teams know exactly what to expect when playing against the orange and white, the problem simply lays in stopping number 33.
Well, that is if they can figure out how to stop the other star of the team, Travis Lulay.
Lulay extended his streak of games with a touchdown pass to 25 on Saturday. Receiver Nick Moorestepped up for the Lions as well, hauling down five catches for 83 yards and a score.
Defensive Game Ball
Lions veteran CB Dante Marsh earns this week’s game ball. Marsh gave an inspired performance including three tackles and an interception. Playing all nine of his CFL years with the Lions, Marsh is an integral part of the defense and the entire team.
He is a fiery competitor who the younger players look up to. Adam Bighill had another solid game with five tackles and seemed to be everywhere on the field, like usual.
Special Teams Game Ball
Kick returner/RB Tim Brown wins another game ball this week. The pint-sized Brown returned five kickoffs for 106 yards along with four punt returns for 27 yards. Of course if you have watched much of the Lions the past two years you know Brown is one of those “he could take every return to the house” players, or at least that’s how it seems.
His electric style of play is always good entertainment, even if his returns aren’t always the longest. That is definitely true of many other return specialists in the CFL, and that is why we love the lack of a fair catch rule on this side of the border.
The Lions’ next game goes Friday night in Hamilton against the struggling Ti-Cats.
Hamilton has scored the most points in the league this season, however they have also allowed the most.
With a horrible turnover difference, there is no surprise the ‘Cats are at risk of missing the playoffs via the crossover rule. Game time Friday is 7:30 Eastern on TSN.