CFL: Lions Sneak Past Argos In Final Minute Victory

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IAugust 15, 2009

For the second straight game in the CFL, the games went right down to the wire as they were won within the last minute. Thursday night, Edmonton prevailed with a long touchdown pass from Ricky Ray to Fred Stamps with fifteen seconds left while on Friday night, Shaun Whyte kicked a short field goal and Ryan Phillips had a fumble recovery for a touchdown both with under 1 minute left to win the game for the Lions.

The Argonauts were in control most of the game, but blew it in the fourth quarter. Justin Medlock had a fantastic game as he went 7-7 on field goals with 3 over fifty yards. Cody Pickett started the game instead of Kerry Joseph and had a pretty good game going 25-40 for 326 and 1 touchdown. It seems a little odd that the young QB would throw 40 passes in his first start, especially considering they have a great back in Jamal Robertson, and they were winning most of the game, but hey I'm not a coach. Chad Lucas also had a breakout game for the double blue with 8 catches for 147 yards, but only had 12 in the second half.

The Lions went through three QBs friday night and finally caught success in Jarious Jackson's second time around in the second half. Buck Pierce got hammered in the first quarter after throwing an interception and left the game injured so in went Jarious Jackson who had no success. In the third quarter, the Lions put in Travis Lulay who ran the ball two straight posessions and got hit hard both times and left the game with an injury. After that, Jarious Jackson really picked it up going 21-31 for 254 yards, 3 tds and one interception.

The Argos are now alone in last place in the East at 2-5 but had some good things that came out of this game. Cody Pickett showed he could hold his own as a starting QB, Chad Lucas had a breakout game and looks like he could be a force and Justin Medlock tied the Argo team record for most field goals in a game.

The Lions now sit and 3-4 and are hoping for the Saskatchewan Roughriders to lose sunday night so that they would be in a 3-way tie for second place in the West. The Lions are probably very worried about QBs Buck Pierce and Travis Lulay as the condition of both of there injuries are still unknown.