Video gets preseason warmup

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Video killed the audio star at B.C. Place Stadium Friday night.

B.C. Lions' head coach Wally Buono tested the CFL's new video replay system when he challenged the final play of the first half in a 26-23 exhibition loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

Geroy Simon was cited for no-yards after Jason Clermont received a nine-yard Buck Pierce pass and then punted it 44 yards into Calgary's end zone. Stamp RoShawn Marshall recovered the ball. Referee Murray Clarke's announcement denying Buono was inaudible on the dome's public address system.

"My thought was if (Simon was) onside, it's also a point when he gets tackled in the end zone," Buono said. "It was a reviewable thing, so it was worth the exercise."

Lions took a 13-9 lead into halftime on a pair of Paul McCallum field goals and Dave Dickenson's seven-yard touchdown pass to rookie Josh Boden. B.C.'s other touchdown was Jarious Jackson's one-yard handoff to Joe Smith at 3:51 of the third quarter.

David Corley passed 32-yards to Anthony Bright for a Calgary third quarter major. Henry Burris threw a 31-yards pass to Ken-Yon Rambo for the winning touchdown with four seconds remaining in the game.

Lions receiver Ryan Thelwell suffered a knee sprain and could be back later in the week.

Lions resumed training camp in Abbotsford yesterday and released nine players: Defensive backs Ramon Barber, Jessie Hendrix and Lionell Green, linebackers Patrick Pierre-Louis and Maurice Jones, running back Larry Williams, receivers Jerome Eason and Curtis Jackson and defensive end Keion Roberts. The cuts reduced the roster to 61.

Lions visit Calgary in the second exhibition game on Thursday.


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