Under the dome at B.C. Place on Friday night, the BC Lions were looking to "win one for Bob." as Bob Ackles, BC Lions’ President and Chief Executive Officer, died at the age of 69 from a heart attack on July 6.
The Lions hoped to get their second win of the season, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hoped to get their first win.
The Bombers would get the first score of the game with a beautiful 74-yard TD pass from Kevin Glenn to Romney Bryant, who after escaping a diving attempt by a BC Lions defender, ran the ball in for a 7-0 lead for Winnipeg.
On Kevin Glenn's next possession, however, Reggie Myles would intercept his pass for a one yard return.
Reggie Myles's interception would end in a goal line stand by the Blue Bombers defense. The 12 play, 5:19 long drive ended in a 12 yard field goal by BC's Kicker Paul McCallum, who missed his first field goal in the first quarter.
McCallum’s field goal would make the score 7-4 for the Blue Bombers.
On the Bombers next drive, Romney Bryant would make a nice catch for a first down. Bryant's 16-yard catch would put them on their 50-yard line.
After a few more gains, the Bombers were able to set up a beautiful 42-yard field goal for Alexis Serna, who has not missed a field goal yet in his rookie CFL career with the Bombers.
However, on the next Bombers possession, BC Lions' DB Koery Banks would pick off the pass, and after rolling and getting back up, Banks would score a 36-yard TD off the interception.
This would make the score 11-10 for the BC Lions. Jason Nugent would retaliate with an interception of his own in the end zone with just over 25 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Blue Bombers would have a 11-11 tie at the end of the second quarter, but that would all change quickly as Cam Hall would intercept a pass by Jarious Jackson and take it home untouched for a 22-yard Bombers score.
The score was now 18-11 for the Blue Bombers.
On the second last play of the third quarter, Jarious Jackson would throw a deep pass that would be caught by Lions WR Paris Jackson for a 56-yard gain. The drive would end in a 18-14 Bombers lead after a 25-yard field goal by K Paul McCallum.
On a 2nd and 20, the BC Lions would have a huge play. Jarious Jackson would air it out into the end zone for a 48-yard TD pass to Geroy Simon. This would give the BC Lions a 21-18 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Lions would also get another field goal for a 24-18 BC Lions lead.
Kevin Glenn knew he needed to get some points, and he needed them fast. With the fourth quarter ending in 6:19, Kevin Glenn threw a deep ball to Romney Bryant, who would take it 52-yards before being tackled.
This would set up the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on the BC Lions 23-yard line.
However, after the next play would come, the biggest controversy yet in the game. Korey Banks would intercept a pass intended for Arjei Franklin in the end zone and take a touchback.
However, no matter what replay was seen, it was clear to even Lions’ fans that Banks pushed Franklin, who fell to the ground. However, the play was not reviewed by the referees, and the game went on.
The Lions would score one final field goal and would come out of this one victorious, winning 27-18. This would put the Lions at 2-2, and the Bombers would stay winless at 0-4.
The Bombers face the Calgary Stampeders on Thursday night in Winnipeg and will look for their first win.
Player of the Game: In a losing effort, the player of the game, in my opinion, must go to Romney Bryant, who had many key receptions in the game. He caught five balls for a total of 146 yards, averaging out to 24.2 yards per catch.
Congratulations to Romney Bryant on a great game.
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