Lions back under dome

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

It's the Calgary Stampeders against the B.C. Lions in tonight's Canadian Football League exhibition game at B.C. Place Stadium.

The real excitement is in the competition between quarterbacks Buck Pierce and Jarious Jackson to be Dave Dickenson's backup. Expect to see the sophomore Leos spell each other off for the majority of the game, though Dickenson and rookie Tyler Emmert are bound to get a look.

"We're not so much fighting for a spot, we're fighting for the confidence in the coaches so they'll put us in and play us in the case that Dave went down," Pierce said. "It is a long season."

Pierce, 24, was a surprise discovery from a Lions' free agent camp in Oregon last year. The New Mexico State University product completed 43 of 71 passes for 679 yards and three touchdowns for B.C. He looked nothing like a rookie when he relieved injured Casey Printers on Aug. 27 in Saskatchewan and guided the Lions to a comeback win over the Roughriders.

"I was optimistic last year, I thought if I got on the field and got my shot I'd do well," he said. "I kind of feel the same way this year."

Jackson, who set single-season passing records at Notre Dame, was supposed to be number three, but a broken thumb in an exhibition game against Saskatchewan meant he saw limited action later in the season.

Lions resume training camp sessions in Abbotsford on Sunday, visit Calgary on Thursday and open the regular season at home on June 16 against Saskatchewan.


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