Lulay, Lions run over Riders

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For the second straight week, the BC Lions topped the Saskatchewan Roughriders, this time on the road at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Friday night, 27-24 the final score.

Not only did running back Andrew Harris elevate his game once again, but so did quarterback Travis Lulay on the ground. Defenses have strayed from having schemes involving the 31-year-old taking off because of his past injury woes, but the Riders were played for a fool on Friday night as Lulay ran for 104 yards. Harris and Lulay combined for 199 yards altogether, while Lulay accounted for 127 in the air, culminating in two passing touchdowns.

Although stud receivers in Emmanuel Arceneaux and Austin Collie were kept off the stat sheet for most of the night, first year Lion and ex-Tennessee State tight end A.C. Leonard was the man who made the plays when it counted most. Leonard replaced former Seattle Seahawks TE Cameron Morrah in tonight’s game, reeling in two big-time TD catches when it mattered the most. Accompanying Leonard in his first game of the season was slotback Courtney Taylor, a third-year Leo who was a key member of the team’s receiving corps last season. Taylor only made one catch for seven yards last night, but will be another main focal point for the BC’s offense going forward.

While Anthony Allen and Jerome Messam continued to be a two-headed monster in Saskatchewan’s backfield, it has become quite noticeable that the Riders are missing the presence of their QB Darian Durant, who was put on the shelf for the rest of the 2015 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon injury that he suffered in the Riders’ home opener.

Although Weston Dressler continues to be of the best receiving targets in the league, new starting QB Kevin Glenn has clearly lost his chemistry with the rest of the locker room, albeit his stats look flat-out deceiving. Glenn has carried the reputation of not being able to win the big game, and with an 0-4 start for “Canada’s Team”, the road to the Grey Cup doesn’t look promising.

BC has improved their record to 2-1 and head home to play host to the Toronto Argonauts next Friday, a team that shares the same win-loss ratio. Defensive back Ryan Phillips is expected to return after going down with a hamstring injury in Week 1 against Ottawa.

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