Swell time to go for a drive

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

Thanks to Dave Dickenson, those annoying questions about the B.C. Lions' quarterbacking dilemma will be put on the back-burner for at least a few days.

With his team threatening to give away a season opener it controlled last night, Dickenson stepped up and orchestrated a much-needed marathon touchdown drive.

A 16-play, 89-yard fourth-quarter sequence, capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Antonio Warren and a two-point convert pass to Geroy Simon from Dickenson, erased the Argos' 20-19 lead and gave the Lions a 27-20 over the defending champs in a Grey Cup rematch at the Rogers Centre.

"He's tough, he's gritty, he's going to take the shots and make the plays," Lions coach Wally Buono said. "No matter who you are, every time you do that, it adds that much more confidence to you and the team."

With fellow quarterback Casey Printers nursing a sore shoulder, Dickenson was handed the reins for the entire game and he delivered.

While the Lions struggled for most of the second half, Dickenson and the other playmakers came to life after Noel Prefontaine's 45-yard field goal put the Argos up 20-19 with 6:29 left. The Lions mixed it up on the ensuing drive, using eight passes, six rushes and two penalties to march down the field. Warren reached the end zone with 1:12 remaining.

"I felt like it was taking long enough that if we didn't score there, we were going to lose," Dickenson said. "We hadn't field-goaled as well as we wanted (Duncan O'Mahony was just 1-for-3), so I felt it was important to get that touchdown."

IMPRESSIVE DRIVE

Doing it in a whopping 16 plays was impressive.

"Even though we had adversity, we stepped in and said we had to do this," Lions receiver Tony Simmons said. "We had time on our side and we (had the ball) ... Some people in the league say that's unheard of -- 16 plays. But if it can get you a win, you do what we have to do."

Linebacker Otis Floyd secured the win -- and the revenge -- when he recovered a Damon Allen fumble deep in B.C. territory with six seconds left.

"It's a statement game," Floyd said. "They came in and presented the rings and did all that, but they couldn't get a win. It's all good."


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