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Lions vs. Stampeders Week 5 offensive & defensive game balls

Lions win big road game to go to 3-2

After a penalty filled first half that didn’t see any touchdowns until B.C. Lions‘ Quarterback Travis Lulay hit Akeem Foster for a 17-yard TD strike with 32 seconds left in the second quarter, the Leos took control of the game and never looked back.

That final drive of the first half for the Lions took just 1 minute and 47 seconds to cover 74 yards, as the offense finally looked like a polished machine breaking a low-scoring 6-5 mistake filled game.

The Lions eventually beat the Calgary Stampeders 34-8 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.  

Handing out the game balls this week after a win feels much better than doing so after the two straight losses the Lions had over the past couple of weeks.

Offense

Wide Reciever Shawn Gore was thrust back into the starting line-up following his week 2 injury, and he picked up right where he left off.  Gore finished with 7 receptions and 67 yards.

Fellow wideout Akeem Foster pitched in with 5 receptions for 72 yards and 1 touchdown.

Running Back Andrew Harris even got into the pass catching act coming up with 2 touchdown passes, and 5 receptions for 37 yards.

This week, Quarterback Travis Lulay gets the offensive game ball.  Lulay really spread the ball around (hitting 9 different players in the passing game), and showed decisiveness and good decision making that he hasn’t always displayed this year.

Lulay finished a sizzling 30 for 37 (completing 80% of his passes), for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Andrew Harris

2 touchdown catches, and 5 receptions for 37 yards, not a bad night.

He also added  41 yards on the ground.

This is the Lulay Lions’ fans want to see for the rest of the season.

Defense

The whole defense played well on the day, as they held the Stampeders to only 8 points, and zero touchdowns in the game.  Tough to do in the CFL.  The Lions’ D created 3 turnovers with 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception.

We may have to re-name the defensive game ball award the Adam Bighill award, as he wins it for yet another week.

In this game, he really flashed, showing his ability to stop the run, chase the quarterback, and clean up plays by chasing down receivers who got away from the first defender.

He finished with 6 tackles, and 1 interception from the Linebacker spot.

Special Teams

A special mention on special teams to Kicker Paul McCallum, who went 4 for 4 on field goals, including one for 45 yards out.

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