While the Lions won 39-36 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night, you could definitely play “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry after seeing the offense displayed by the BC Lions Friday night. Although I’ll give credit where credit is deserved, unlike the Lions, the Ticats had a strong defense on Friday which stopped the Leo’s numerous times. Despite the aggressive defense by the Ticats, Travis Lulay completed 17 of 31 passes for 178 yards and also threw two touchdowns to Shawn Gore. A little bit off his deep throws all night long, he did manage the game superbly, and in particular the last drive of the game, thanks to the huge assist from Andrew Harris.
Speaking of Harris, while Lulay seem to be off a little, Harris really pitched in with a huge night. The pride of Nanaimo rose to the occasion and rushed for 140 yards on 13 carries. Big ups to the O-Line as well for opening the holes for Harris to break free. The O-Line also surrendered zero sacks for the night.
Back to the Lions defense though. What happened? As I was watching the game against Winnipeg, I was amazed how strong and bruising they were. They definitely rose to the occasion a few times against the Ticats, but this week’s defense, compared to last week’s defense; I prefer last week’s defense. I’ll admit the front four were effective, more so in the first half. They did manage to get four sacks and several big rushes on the night but nothing like the defense against Winnipeg. Adam Bighill continued to show brightness and poise throughout the game, managed to force a fumble, Anton McKenzie also had a great game. But if the pass defence gives up 359 yards next week or more against the Roughriders, they better be tweaking a few things, or the Lions will get lit up like a Christmas tree.
One of the big reasons why the Lions won on Friday night was because of Tim Brown. With a combined 296 yards kick/punt return yards and a touchdown, Brown was easily the player of the game for the Lions. Without Brown, the Lions definitely would’ve been in a hole late in the game.
With injuries to Ryan Phillips and Shawn Gore, the Lions are hoping for those two to get healthy in time for the high octane offense from Saskatchewan next week. Game time is 12:00 PM on Saturday.