Lions end road woes

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Lori EWING

MON­TREAL — Un­lucky Travis Lu­lay watched most of the game from B.C.’s bench, his left shoul­der wrapped in ice.

Johnny Manziel watched all of the game from the Alou­ettes’ bench, and was surely sting­ing as start­ing quar­ter­back An­to­nio Pip­kin strug­gled all night.

T.J. Lee and Anthony Orange had fourth-quar­ter in­ter­cep­tions for touch­downs to lift the B.C. Lions to their first road vic­tory of the sea­son, a 32-14 win over the Mon­treal Alou­ettes.

But the sto­ry­line was about the quar­ter­backs: both the ones who were on the field, and the ones who weren’t.

Lu­lay was knocked out of the game for the sec­ond straight week, in­jured on the Lions’ first drive of the night thanks to a hit from John Bow­man.

“Right now the good thing is it’s his left shoul­der,” said Lions coach Wally Buono. “If it’s some­thing we can get re­solved then we’ll get it re­solved. The left shoul­der is eas­ier to deal with than the right.”

Lu­lay’s re­place­ment Jonathon Jen­nings com­pleted 19of-30 pass at­tempts for 180 yards with one touch­down and one in­ter­cep­tion.

“I guess I had a dress re­hearsal last week be­cause it was kind of the same thing,” Jen­nings said. “It’s al­ways kind of crazy when it hap­pens, but just got to set­tle your­self down, re­al­ize that you’ve got a job to do and go in there and ex­e­cute.”

Pip­kin, a 23-year-old rookie mak­ing his third start, was 11 for 22 for 95 yards, with four in­ter­cep­tions. He was sacked six times, prompt­ing a pocket of fans be­hind the Alou­ettes’ bench to chant “We want Johnny!”

A day ear­lier, a healthy Manziel had won­dered aloud whether the Als had lost faith in him. The Heis­man-Tro­phy win­ning QB vented to re­porters, say­ing he thought he’d be “the guy” af­ter re­cov­er­ing from his con­cus­sion three games ago.

Als coach Mike Sher­man stuck with Pip­kin on Fri­day, say­ing af­ter­ward it was just a bad night.

“There isn’t a quar­ter­back out there in the NFL that hasn’t had a game like this at some point or an­other, be­lieve me,” Sher­man said. “It was bound to hap­pen. Was hop­ing it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen tonight, but this is go­ing to hap­pen at some point. It hap­pened tonight.”

The game was still ei­ther team’s for the tak­ing when Lee picked off Pip­kin with three min­utes left and ran 37 yards for a touch­down.

“Hon­estly, I vi­su­al­ized it two plays be­fore it hap­pened, it was weird,” Lee said. “And when it hap­pened I just jumped it and it felt easy, it felt like prac­tice be­cause we prac­ticed hard, and took one to the end zone and I’m happy about that.”

Orange sent the Mol­son Per­ci­val Sta­dium crowd of 15,346 stream­ing to­ward the ex­its when he picked off the strug­gling Als quar­ter­back for a 54-yard touch­down re­turn a minute later.

“Any time the de­fence can do that, we’re giv­ing our­selves a chance,” Jen­nings said of the two big plays. “You see Saskatchewan, they’ve been play­ing like that, sim­i­lar ball to that. When you do that and your de­fence can score, a lot of times you have a big chance to win, and I thought they did a tremen­dous job. It was fun watch­ing.”

Bryan Burn­ham scored B.C.’s other touch­down, while Tre­vaughn Camp­bell’s thrilling 87-yard run af­ter a blocked field goal attempt was Mon­treal’s only ma­jor on the night.

Burn­ham had five re­cep­tions for 104 yards for B.C. (5-6). Eu­gene Lewis had one re­cep­tion of 36 yards for the Als (3-9).

The night marked the fi­nal game at Mol­son Sta­dium for the re­tir­ing Buono, who grew up in Mon­treal and both played and coached here.

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