The Lions were looking for a new beginning after losing two straight games before Saturday’s game in Calgary. And they sure got a new beginning as they steam rolled the Stampeders 34-8 Saturday night. Travis Lulay threw a pair of touchdown passes to Andrew Harris and another to Akeem Foster. The win ended a short skid for the Lions and handed them the much needed confidence for their next game with the Argonauts in Toronto. While Calgary’s defence was punishing in the early going trapping the Lions twice forcing them to punt, the Lions defence would not be outdone. Adam Bighill intercepted a Kevin Glenn pass intended for Nik Lewis which completely turned the game around after a slow start for both teams. After that huge play by Bighill, the Lions marched the ball down the field and McCallum managed to connect with a 39 yard field goal. That field goal you could say was very important for the Veteran kicker as he was very shaky two weeks ago against the Roughriders.
The offense finally kicked into gear with less than a minute to go in the half as Lulay and the Lions marched the ball down to the Stamps 17 yard line, which was capped off by a 17 yard TD pass to receiver Akeem Foster. The Lions wouldn’t stop there as they kept the pressure up, Andrew Harris managed to get two touchdowns, and Paul McCallum would hit two more field goals in the victory.
The Lions needed to get a win in the CFL’s west division after dropping the last two contests to Saskatchewan and the Eskimos to keep pace in the division. If the Lions were going to win this game, they were going to hope for McCallum to get out of his slump and find his form again, which he did after kicking four field goals, the longest from a whopping 45 yards out. Another reason why the Lions won on Saturday was Travis Lulay. Even though he didn’t look sharp in the first half, he still stuck with the game and slowly found his game and by the end of the game, he was looking like the Most Outstanding Player he was last season. Lulay in the second half spread the ball around nicely, with Bruce and Simon playing key roles, unlike last week, he seemed very rushed and looked lost like a deer in headlights. At the end of the night, 30/37 for 315 yards and 3 Touchdown passes could be what you call a decent night for the Lions pivot.
The Lions won, yes, that’s correct, but they could look like a better team if they put some more emphasis on playing with control. Khalif Mitchell, comes to mind. Yea remember him? The guy who tried to rip an arm off the Eskimos player. He took an unnecessary roughing penalty early in the game, which probably could’ve been prevented. Anthony Reddick was also very fortunate that a referee didn’t see an uncalled for shot on Kevin Glenn. Although they were very undisciplined in the first half, the Lions still need to clean that part of their game up
You can catch the next game on the Team 1410 or watch Live on TSN. Game time is 2 PM on Monday August 6th