Lions 19, Roughriders 9: Leos win the sport, however lose Vernon Adams Jr.

B.C.’s beginning quarterback was knocked out with a knee damage, however Dane Evans did sufficient to get the Lions previous Saskatchewan Saturday afternoon at B.C. Place.

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What was purported to be a battle of West Division’s high two groups become a slogging, plodding battle of the backups.

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Mason Tremendous was positive sufficient for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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And Dane Evans wasn’t nice, however Good Sufficient Dane for the B.C. Lions, who did sufficient to grind out the 19-9 win Saturday afternoon at B.C. Place, and transfer the Leos again into first place within the West.

With the win, the Lions (5-1) snapped a five-game dwelling dropping streak to the Roughriders that dated again to 2017. Saskatchewan (3-3) stayed in third, for the second, with the loss.

Evans wasn’t anticipated to get the decision, however when Vernon Adams Jr. was sacked early within the fourth quarter, he was referred to as into his first prolonged motion for B.C.

He had 219 yards, a landing and an interception on 16-of-25 passing.

His first drive was the very best of the evening, marching 101 yards with Alex Hollins’ 27-yard landing seize capping it off, however the subsequent six sequence noticed simply 5 yards in offence.

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He did discover extra rhythm within the second half, placing collectively three drives that resulted in Sean Whyte discipline targets.

Adams’s standing for subsequent week wasn’t identified instantly after the sport. After being sacked by Pete Robertson halfway by the primary quarter, he grabbed his left knee and limped to the sideline. He tried to trip the train bike with a brace on his leg, however couldn’t even get his leg onto the pedal.

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B.C. Lions’ Dominique Rhymes (19) fails to make the reception as he’s hit by Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Deontai Williams (24) in the course of the first half of a CFL soccer sport, in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 22, 2023. Picture by DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Sean Whyte had 4 discipline targets for B.C., hitting from 31, 42, 33 and 41.

Tremendous, who was beginning instead of the injured Trevor Harris, was 29-of-36 for 257 yards however acquired picked off twice within the fourth quarter — first by Garry Peters, then Jalon Edwards-Cooper.

Saskatchewan got here in with probably the most toothless go rush within the CFL, however put their dentures in for this one, harassing Adams proper from the beginning, sacking him twice and placing him underneath stress each drop again.

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They acquired to Evans within the second quarter with a strip sack, and completed the sport with 4 — greater than half of their whole coming in (seven).

Going into the sport, the Riders had additionally given up the second-most sacks within the CFL. Whereas restricted many of the sport, the Lions — who got here in off the league lead with 21 — acquired sacks from Sione Teuhema, Woody Baron and Mathieu Betts, together with his league main tenth.

Betts is on tempo to interrupt the CFL document for sacks by a Canadian, which was set by Brent Johnson in 2005 (17).

Second down bedevilled each groups all evening, with the Leos going 5-of-19 and the Riders, 4-of-22.

B.C. travels to Edmonton subsequent Saturday, July 29 for a date with the Elks.

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