Lions ride Lu­lay’s arm, smoth­er­ing de­fence in vic­tory over Roughrid­ers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JOSHUA CLIP­PER­TON

Play­ing his first game with his new team, Chris Williams missed out on the B.C. Lions’ cus­tom­ary post-win group photo in the locker-room.

If the Lions con­tin­u­ing play­ing like they did Satur­day, there should be plenty more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Travis Lu­lay threw for 338 yards and a touch­down to com­pli­ment a smoth­er­ing de­fen­sive per­for­mance as B.C. downed the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers 30-15.

Williams signed with the Lions in the off-sea­son, but the speed­ster spent the first six weeks of the sched­ule on the in­jured list while re­cov­er­ing from knee surgery.

He fin­ished with three re­cep­tions for 75 yards, in­clud­ing a 14-yard grab on the first play from scrim­mage to dust off the cob­webs

“Nice to go out there and com­pete again,” said Williams. “It was just an amaz­ing feel­ing.”

Williams also had a 49-yard catch, but said that the play that made him feel like he was truly back came in the sec­ond quar­ter on a short com­ple­tion.

“A guy hit me right in my knee — right in my right knee — and I stayed up, jumped and got the first (down),” said Williams. “That’s when I was like, ‘I’m here. My stuff is good.’”

Bryan Burn­ham had five catches for a game-high 131 yards and a TD, Shaquille Mur­ray-Lawrence ran in an­other score, and Ty Long kicked four field goals for the Lions (5-2).

Adding a player of Williams’ pedi­gree to an al­ready dy­namic at­tack was ex­pected to open even more gaps, and that’s ex­actly what hap­pened against the Rid­ers as the Lions wracked up 535 yards on of­fence.

The Rid­ers and Lions meet again next Sun­day in Regina. Es­ki­mos 33, Tiger-Cats 28 ED­MON­TON — It’s been more 56 years since the Ed­mon­ton Es­ki­mos have seen a start to the sea­son like this one.

Mike Reilly scored a pair of touch­downs and passed for two more as the Es­ki­mos re­mained the only un­de­feated team in the CFL with a 33-28 vic­tory over the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats on Fri­day. It is the first time the Es­ki­mos have been 6-0 since 1961.

“It was an­other gritty, gutsy win,” said Es­ki­mos head coach Ja­son Maas. “It came down to the end again and we were very for­tu­nate to come out of that with a pos­i­tive.

“I give them a lot of credit. They bat­tled all night against us.”

Reilly com­pleted passes for 317 yards. 29-of-38

Win­nipeg 33, Red­blacks 30

OT­TAWA — For the sec­ond straight game the Ot­tawa Red­blacks lost on a last sec­ond field goal. And, for the sec­ond straight game, the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers came back to win on the last play.

Justin Med­lock kicked six field goals, in­clud­ing one from 38 yards out as time ex­pired, to give Win­nipeg a 33-30 win over the Red­blacks on Fri­day. Med­lock kicked field goals of 35 and 40 and added a sin­gle point for the Blue Bombers in the fi­nal three min­utes to tie the game at 30 to set up his game-win­ning kick.

Last week quar­ter­back Matt Ni­chols brought Win­nipeg (4-2) back from 12 points down with less than a minute to play to beat the Mon­treal Alou­ettes.

“We all like to play games that don’t come down to the last play of the game, but win­ning is a feel­ing that you want to feel all the time no mat­ter how it hap­pens,” Ni­chols said. “I feel we as a team we over­came a lot in this game and ev­ery phase stepped up. We got points when we needed to. The de­fence got the last stop for us. Spe­cial teams put us in po­si­tion. It was a full team win.”

In the Red­blacks last game they lost 27-24 in Toronto to the Arg­onauts on a last sec­ond field goal. The de­fend­ing Grey Cup cham­pi­ons are now 1-5-1, but their five losses are only by a com­bined 13 points.

“It’s tough. I get tired of ra­tio­nal­iz­ing or ex­plain­ing things. We just have to find a way to coach and to play and find a way to make plays to get it done in the fourth quar­ter,” Red­blacks coach Rick Camp­bell said. “Pe­riod. That’s it.”

CP PHOTO

Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers’ Nic Dem­ski, cen­tre, is tack­led by B.C. Lions’ Steven Clarke (29), Jor­dan Herd­man (53) and Chan­dler Fen­ner (39) dur­ing the sec­ond half of a CFL game in Van­cou­ver, B.C., on Satur­day.

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