Lions win yawn­fest to wrap up sea­son

Har­ris scores game’s lone touch­down

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VAN­COU­VER — An­drew Har­ris scored the game’s lone touch­down in the B. C. Lions’ 17- 6 win over the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers in CFL ac­tion Satur­day night.

Har­ris’ touch­down came late in the first quar­ter of the league’s fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game.

The game had no influence on play­off seed­ing. B. C. ( 13- 5) had al­ready clinched home turf for the West Division fi­nal Nov. 18. Saskatchewan ( 8- 10) will visit Cal­gary in the semi­fi­nal next week­end.

Har­ris fin­ished with 57 yards rush­ing on nine at­tempts and ended the sea­son with 1,830 yards from scrim­mage, be­com­ing just the sec­ond Cana­dian to lead the CFL in that cat­e­gory.

Af­ter the Lions pinned the Riders at their own four- yard- line and the vis­i­tors went two- and- out, B. C. got the ball back at the 31yard line. Fol­low­ing a com­ple­tion to Shawn Gore for 12 yards, Har­ris ran the next play for 19 yards into the end zone at 13: 50 of the first.

Paul McCal­lum scored the other B. C. points — three field goals, a con­vert and a sin­gle. With that he be­came the CFL’s lead­ing scorer for the sec­ond year in a row.

Travis Lu­lay started at quar­ter­back af­ter two games on the side­lines with a sore shoul­der and passed for 88 yards in just over a quar­ter of work be­fore Mike Reilly came in to fin­ish the game. Reilly went 9- for- 13 for 101 yards as well as 34 yards rush­ing.

Third- stringer Thomas DeMarco came in with five min­utes to go in the fourth and had 56 yards on 6- of- 7 pass­ing, in­clud­ing a 14- yard pass to Ernest Jack­son that kept the drive alive. He then found Eric Moore for 19 yards with un­der two min­utes to play that set up the fi­nal field goal.

San­dro DeAn­ge­lis had the lone points for Saskatchewan, a field goal in each half.

Satur­day was Riders quar­ter­back Drew Willy’s sec­ond ca­reer start in the CFL. J. T. O’Sul­li­van, the one- time San Fran­cisco 49ers starter, took over be­hind cen­tre in the sec­ond half.

Dar­ian Du­rant was given the night off to rest. He suf­fered a hel­met- to- hel­met blow last Satur­day but will likely be be­hind cen­tre in Cal­gary.

Adam Bighill, B. C.’ s nom­i­na­tion for Most Out­stand­ing De­fen­sive Player, had an in­ter­cep­tion and sur­passed the cen­tury mark in tack­les with eight on the evening.

NOTES: There were 36,357 fans at B. C. Place Sta­dium. ... Saskatchewan won the last meet­ing be­tween the clubs 27- 21 on Sept. 29.

— The Cana­dian Press

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Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers’ Do­minic Pi­card ( 68) sends the B. C. Lions’ Adam Bighill fly­ing at BC Place Satur­day night.

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B. C. Lions head coach Mike Bene­v­ides paces the side­line as his team grinds out a win over the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers in Van­cou­ver on Satur­day.

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