Rainey brings some sun­shine to Lions

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS -

WIN­NIPEG — Chris Rainey says he’s al­ways had to prove him­self.

The run­ning back did just that Satur­day af­ter­noon when he caught a pair of touch­down passes and rushed 16 times for 106 yards as the B.C. Lions ended a five-game los­ing streak with a 3627 vic­tory over the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers.

The Florida na­tive, five-foot-eight, 180 pounds, got the start in­stead of Jeremiah John­son, who was on the bench rest­ing. The Lions (7-10) were al­ready elim­i­nated from the play­off con­tention.

“I’ve been dy­ing to be a starter for­ever, but just like I said, I’m too small for ev­ery­thing so I’ve al­ways got to prove ev­ery­body wrong,” said Rainey, who’s in his third sea­son with the Lions af­ter be­gin­ning his CFL ca­reer with Mon­treal in 2014.

“So I got my op­por­tu­nity, so I took full ad­van­tage of it. That’s all I can do.”

Rainey, who usu­ally re­turns punts and kick­offs, fin­ished with six re­cep­tions for 89 yards. His TD catches were five yards and 40.

Rainey be­ing a dual threat was one of the rea­sons the Bombers (11-6) failed to get a win that would have clinched sec­ond place in the CFL West Di­vi­sion and a home play­off date at In­vestors Group Field.

The Bombers were hit with two key in­juries, one early in the game and one late.

Start­ing quar­ter­back Matt Ni­chols left the game limp­ing mid­way through the first quar­ter. He threw a pass, fell to the turf with­out be­ing touched and grabbed the lower part of his left leg. He was re­placed by Do­minique Davis and then Dan LeFevour.

Win­nipeg run­ning back An­drew Har­ris was in­volved in a col­li­sion with Lions line­backer Dyshawn Davis with un­der five min­utes to go in the game. Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea said he didn’t think Ni­chols’ lower-body in­jury was “too se­ri­ous” and Har­ris “should be fine.” Win­nipeg ends the reg­u­lar sea­son in Cal­gary Nov. 3.

Win­nipeg had 229 yards net of­fence and didn’t score a touch­down. Ni­chols threw for 30 yards, Davis was 7-of-12 for 82 yards and LeFevour was 5-of-12 for 42 yards and a pair of in­ter­cep­tions.

Justin Med­lock was good on all seven of his field-goal at­tempts for Win­nipeg.

B.C.’s of­fence put up 489 yards in front of an an­nounced crowd of 25,034 fans that sent some boos down to the home team.

Jonathon Jen­nings threw for a sea­son-high 408 yards and four touch­downs, com­plet­ing 30-of-40 pass at­tempts and be­ing in­ter­cepted once. His other TDs were to Nick Moore and Bryan Burn­ham.

“This means so much,” Jen­nings said. “We’ve been strug­gling to get a win, strug­gling to find a rhythm and all be on the same page. Just to come out here and ex­e­cute and do our jobs and fi­nally get the vic­tory, it was huge for us.”

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