For the second week in a row, the B.C. Lions were facing a quarterback making his first career start, although the result this time around was much more favourable. After getting galloped over by rookie quarterback Zach Collaros and the Toronto Argonauts last week, the Lions’ defence needed to have a short memory entering their game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. They didn’t disappoint, as they held rookie quarterback Justin Goltz only 112 yards passing. They also forced one interception and didn’t allow Goltz to throw for any touchdowns.
The defence made big plays right from the outset. On the opening kickoff linebacker Solomon Elimimian rocked returner Aaron Woods, separating him from the ball as the Lions recovered. This led to the Lions opening the score with a field goal by veteran Paul McCallum.
Elimimian was all over the field throughout the game, as he also picked off Goltz for the lone interception of the game. The linebacking tandem of Elimimian along with Adam Bighill has created one of the most feared linebacking tandems in the league. Bighill also had a strong night as he finished the night with eight tackles, leading the team.
The offence did its part as well, as quarterback Travis Lulay threw for three touchdowns, one to Korey Williams on a brilliant catch for his first career CFL touchdown. He also threw to receivers Shawn Gore and Courtney Taylor for touchdowns.
However, two fumbles in B.C. territory, one by Lulay and one by Brown, made the score much closer than it had to be. The two fumbles led to 14 points on the board for Winnipeg.
Other than the two touchdowns off of turnovers, the Lions defence did not allow any other touchdowns on the night, and didn’t allow Goltz to duplicate the same rookie magic that Collaros was able to show against the Lions last week.
The Lions improved their record to 4-2, which is the exact same record they had at this point last season. Their next game is at home against the Stampeders (4-1) as they look for revenge against the team who knocked them out of Grey Cup contention last year, and beat them on the opening day of the regular season this year.