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