Week 2 MVPs
BC Lions 39, Hamilton 36
Friday, July 6, 2012 10:00 PM
Location – BC Place Stadium
The B.C.Lions win their second game of the season in as many tries in an exciting, high octane game that saw them get past the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 39-36. The game had a lot of explosive big plays on offense and special teams from both teams, and some up and down play on defense.
The offensive gameball could have gone to QB Travis Lulay who, despite some disheartening failed drives, put together a good enough game to win, throwing for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Another special mention to RB Andrew Harris who ran the ball well all night for 147 yards and a score.
The defensive player of the week was a little harder to pick, and a tip of the hat goes to Anthony Reddick who helped flip a game the Lions were trailing in 16-14 with 1:40 let in the 1st half by returning an interception to the 1 yard line.
The Special Teams player of the week was an easy pick.
Canadian Receiver Shawn Gore had a great game for the Leos in week 2. A player who scored his first touchdown of 2011 in the last game of the season, had 2 touchdowns en route to the victory.
Gore finished with 5 receptions and 42 yards to go with his 2 scores, but was injured early in the third quarter and had to be taken out of the game.
Hopefully he is good to go next week, as he provided a spark for the offense in limited play.
His first touchdown was a 6 yard loft to put up the first points of the game for the Lions. He then caught a 26 yarder for his second score. All in all, a good game in only about one half of work.
The Leos played as a team on defense, and definitely had some lapses on the field at home against the Ti-Cats.
One play in particular stood out for Hamilton, when running back Chevon Walker caught an innocent looking screen pass on 2nd and 10 , and weaved through the entire lions secondary on his way to an electrifying 95-yard touchdown run.
This week, the nod on D goes to Linebacker Adam Bighill, particularly because he showed some real flash and angry intent for a player who was mainly on special teams last year.
That has to be an encouraging sign for the Lions.
He finished with 9 tackles, 1 forced fumble (that Hamilton recovered), and 1 sack.
This one was easy. All night it felt as though kick returner Tim Brown was going to break one, and he sure did, returning a punt 81 yards for a touchdown.
He finished the game with 296 total return yards, 157 on punts, and 139 more on kick offs.
What an exciting player.