B.C. Lions look for con­sis­tency

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A roller-coaster start to the CFL sea­son has the B.C. Lions search­ing for con­sis­tency.

Great se­quences have been quickly fol­lowed by long stretches where the club has looked com­pletely out of sync, with big come­backs as likely to hap­pen as blown leads.

The most re­cent ex­am­ple came Fri­day when the Lions jumped out to an early 21-0 ad­van­tage on the Toronto Arg­onauts at home, but scored just six points the rest of the way in a stun­ning 30-27 col­lapse.

“There’s go­ing to be ebbs and flows to ev­ery game and you don’t know when your op­por­tu­ni­ties are go­ing to come, but you’ve got to give your­self a chance all 60 min­utes,” said Lions quar­ter­back Travis Lu­lay. “That’s some­thing we’re talk­ing about and work­ing on.”

At the other end of the spec­trum, the Lions (2-2) looked dead in the wa­ter in their first game at B.C. Place Sta­dium this sea­son be­fore bat­tling back to beat Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers in overtime.

They then jumped out to a big lead in the fol­low­ing week’s re­match only to see the Roughrid­ers nearly mount a come­back of their own.

“To put four quar­ters to­gether is what’s im­por­tant. We haven’t done that yet,” said Lions head coach Jeff Ted­ford.

“We’ve shown signs of be­ing re­ally good and then signs of sput­ter­ing.”

Added run­ning back An­drew Harris: “We’ve def­i­nitely shown glimpses of ex­cel­lence and def­i­nitely glimpses of undis­ci­plined, mis­take ( filled) football.”

B.C. vis­its the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers (2-3) on Thurs­day night and will be look­ing to avoid another Jekyll-and-Hyde per­for­mance.

“This is a good team, but we have to show now that we can con­sis­tently do that for 60 min­utes, night in night out,” said Lions slot­back Court­ney Tay­lor. “That’s some­thing you work for. It’s not like it’s just go­ing to hap­pen. It’s not go­ing to be given to you.”

One player who hasn’t had any­thing handed to him by the Lions in the early go­ing is rookie run­ning back Shaquille Mur­rayLawrence.

The five-foot-eight 193-pound Toronto na­tive has pro­vided sparks on spe­cial teams — he had a 64-yard re­turn late in the loss to Arg­onauts that set up a field goal — and has seen his time on of­fence grad­u­ally in­crease.

“What­ever they want, that’s my job, that’s what I’ve got to do,” said Mur­ray-Lawrence.

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