CFL: BC Lions Get First Victory of Season Over Winless Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Chris AllenSenior Analyst IJuly 12, 2008

On Friday night at the Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers received yet another beating, and lost to the BC Lions.

The Bombers now hold the oh-so-prestigious title of "the only winless team in the Canadian Football League." Not so prestigious after all, is it?

The first quarter started off with a bang, as Fred Ried used some swift spins and broke some tackles to return the kickoff 33 yards, all the way to the Winnipeg 49-yard line. Kicker Alexis Serna would kick a 48-yard field goal for a 3-0 Bombers lead.

With 10 minutes left in the first quarter, the Blue Bombers defence gave the fans in Canad Inns Stadium something to cheer about.

After a crisp pass from QB Jarious Jackson to Jason Clermont, DB Jason Nugent had a huge hit on Clermont that seemed to have injury written all over it. However, Clermont shook off the monstrous hit and play continued.

However, Clarence Coleman was able to avenge the big hit on Clermont. With 7:31 left in the first, Coleman caught a ball from Jackson on the goal line and fell into the end zone, making the score 7-3 for the BC Lions.

BC would increase its lead to 13-5 in the second quarter with a 1-yard pass to backup FB Rolly Lumbala. This would put the Lions up 20-5, and BC led 21-5 at halftime.

The Lions would come out with a fast score on their first play of the half. Geroy Simon would beat out the Bombers defence in a sprint all the way to the end zone, a 76-yard TD passing score. This would but the Bombers down 28-5.

On the Lions' next drive, QB Jackson would throw a ball for a beautiful catch by Jason Clermont for 36 yards, placing the Lions offence at the 3-yard line. On the next play, Jackson would connect with Geroy Simon again in the end zone, this time with a 3-yard score.

The Bombers have decided by now that they have had enough of Kevin Glenn, and they put Ryan Dinwiddie on the field. And then folks, the game starts rolling. On his second drive, Dinwiddie sets up a field goal, making the score 35-8 for the Bombers.

On the next drive, the BC Lions Stefan Logan showed his speed and picked up 66 yards after finally being tackled by Kelly Malveaux at the 9-yard line. The drive was capped off by a 9-yard TD pass on the next play to Clarence Coleman, making the score a whopping 42-8.

However, Dinwiddie would give the Bombers something to talk about with an amazing 4-yard TD pass to Derick Armstrong, making the score 42-15. The Lions P/K Paul McCallum would also take a safety, and the score was then 42-17.

With 2:11 left in the fourth quarter on a third-and-10, Dinwiddie would have a 20-yard run up to the 20-yard line. Dinwiddie would later run for a 1-yard score, making this game 42-24 for the BC Lions.

Dinwiddie must be hoping for the start, as he played this game until the very end.

So, as time ran out, the Blue Bombers still had a glimpse of hope: Ryan Dinwiddie. So, we will have to wait until next week, when these two teams face again in British Columbia, to see if Ryan Dinwiddie gets the start against the BC Lions.

Player of the Game: This choice was not made because I am a Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan, but my player of the game is Ryan Dinwiddie. He played with a lot of heart until the end, even when there was 0 percent chance of winning this game. Congratulations to Dinwiddie, and I personally think he really deserves the start against the BC Lions next week.

-Chris Allen