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Lions vs. Blue Bombers Week 9 offensive & defensive game balls

BC Lions advance to 6-2

In a game that saw the B.C. Lions D extend their streak to over 3 and a half games without allowing a touchdown, and a last second field goal to win, it was tough for me to pick the best performers in each phase with so many great players on this Leo’s team.

Offensive Game Ball

Geroy Simon apparently has gotten Travis Lulay to remember that he has the best receiver in CFL history on his team, because Superman is getting the ball again.

With six catches for 44 yards last week, and another four catches tonight, the veteran has worked his way back into the offense.

Travis Lulay threw two picks and threw only one touchdown, but a great game none the less.  He is such a professional in his ability to forget previous drives, and if I’m Anthony Calvillo, I’m looking over my shoulder on some of the CFL records.

Lulay’s got it all.  But not tonight, as the game ball goes to another key cog of the Leo offense.

Andrew Harris capped off a great 75 yard drive in the fourth quarter with a two yard touchdown run to give the Lions (a short-lived) 17-14 lead.  With 57 yards on the ground, and another 31 yards in the passing game (and another score).

In his first full season as the starting running back for the Lions, he has made a loud statement thus far.

Great game, Andrew!

Andrew Harris

The game ball goes to another key cog of the Leo offense Andrew Harris

Defensive Game Ball

Anton McKenzie picked off third stringer Joey Elliott once, and was a wrecking ball in the secondary all night long.  Tonight’s defensive game ball goes to a sophomore who replaced the CFL’s hardest hitter this year.

Yes, again.  Adam Bighill is the man in the middle for the Lions defense, and is the man.  He picked up another 8 tackles tonight, and he makes you question why some linebackers are ever considered ‘too small’.

Bighill steps up week after week and you have to wonder where this defense would be without him!

Second overall pick Jabar Westerman had an excellent game, sacking Elliott twice and swatting down a pass at the line of scrimmage.

Sack machine’s Brent Johnson, Cam Wake and Rickey Foley have all exited BC Place in recent years, so it would be nice for an excellent pass rusher to stick around!

Special Teams Game Ball

Last week’s energizing missed field goal return by Tim Brown might be a flash in the pan for the Lions return game, because it was largely ineffective again this week.

Thankfully, with veteran Paul McCallum nailing a game winner as time expired, the Special Team game ball is a no brainer.  McCallum’s clutch kicked avoided an overtime showdown with the Grey Cup runner ups.

Great end to a great game.

The Leo’s start a home and home with the Montreal Alouettes this Friday, August 31st.

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