Als want to show up Leos

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Win one for the "Orange Barron!"

That's what the 10-0 B.C. Lions will have to do Saturday night at B.C. Place Stadium in their first meeting of the season with the Montreal Alouettes. Barron Miles, the anchor of the Leos' defensive secondary, won't get to meet his former teammates under the dome because he has chicken pox.

Miles spent six years with Montreal before coming west as a free agent this season but acknowledges the Alouettes are a better team than their disappointing 5-5 record indicates.

"We could easily be that way as well," said Miles, last week's CFL defensive player of the week. "But we're not, and they are, so that's the way it is."

The Lions have won the last four meetings at B.C. Place. Montreal has not won here since a 35-25 result on Aug. 31, 2000.

Wide receiver Kerry Watkins leads Montreal with five receiving touchdowns and fullback Mike Vilimek, a North Vancouver product, has five on the ground. But Lion Antonio Warren has more than both of them combined - a league-leading 11.

The Lions will have to contain veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo and Als running back Robert Edwards. Edwards ran for 100-plus yards for the fourth time in seven games in the 41-18 Sept. 2 win over the Ottawa Renegades. Edwards' brother Terrence also scored a touchdown for Montreal on a kickoff return. That win put the Als in second place in the East and arrested a two-game slide after losing 40-37 on Aug. 18 to the visiting Stampeders and falling 36-26 on Aug. 26 in Edmonton.

Lions ran over the Renegades in Ottawa with a 61-27 rout on Sept. 8, in part because they took full advantage of their mid-season bye week to rest and recover. Montreal had the bye last weekend, but will that make the Als a tougher opponent?

"It's good for defence after a bye week," said Lions' quarterback Dave Dickenson. "On offence you sometimes lose the flow and rhythm. It all evens out."

Dickenson and Buck Pierce gave the Lions a big enough cushion in Ottawa that rookie Jarious Jackson got his CFL regular season debut. He tossed three incomplete passes, but did make a 21-yard run. Casey Printers is still on the mend from a shoulder injury and Pierce has a touch of the flu, so Jackson could be No. 2 on the depth chart against the Als. Dickenson, the league's most efficient and accurate QB, will start but stopped short of saying his shoulder is 100 per cent.

Dickenson will be evading ex-teammate Mawuko Tugbenyoh. The defensive end, cut during Lions' training camp, had 18 tackles in his rookie season and will be motivated to show the Lions they made a mistake. He was one of five Als to record a sack against Ottawa two weeks ago.

"They went for a bit of a change in philosophy, but the tough part is they can switch back whenever they want," Dickenson said. "I don't know if they're going to come at me with a lot of blitz or drop nine guys and rush three."


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