Lions kicking game under review

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

It's the Kilkenny kicker versus the toe from New Mexico as the B.C. Lions decide who will be their field goal kicker on Thanksgiving Monday in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers.

"We've allowed Duncan (O'Mahony) for 13 games to do what he had to do," said head coach Wally Buono. "Now we brought another person in to see what he can do. On Saturday we'll make that decision."

The newcomer is Roswell, N.M. native Clinton Greathouse, who joined the Lions at practice yesterday in Whalley.

He was signed because O'Mahony missed three field goals in Saturday's 28-19 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at B.C. Place Stadium. The Kilkenny, Ireland-born O'Mahony is 26-for-41 on the season.

Greathouse, a 25-year-old Texas Tech Red Raider alumnus, signed with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens last year but was released and found a job with the Calgary Stampeders.

He made 14 of 17 field goal attempts before an unsuccessful tryout with the Dallas Cowboys in August.

"(Wally) wants a consistent kicker to come in and help him out," Greathouse said. "They need a field goal (kicker) to make him feel comfortable."

Greathouse spent much of practice bonding with snapper Angus Reid and holder Jason Crumb.

Unlike O'Mahony, Greathouse doesn't kick from a tee.

O'Mahony said Buono told him to approach practices this week as he would training camp.

"In my mind it's still my job to lose," said 29-year-old O'Mahony, a five-year CFL veteran. "I view this opportunity as a chance to prove to myself and my teammates that I can do this job."


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