'Riders need some pride

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

B.C. Lions will need to be mean against the team in green Sunday if they want to win their second game of the young season.

B.C. (1-0) roared during much of its 45-28 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders (0-1) June 16 at B.C. Place Stadium.

The team was far from perfect in the second half and cannot afford to play that way in a rematch at Taylor Field (4 p.m., Sunday, TSN/ Team 1040), said head coach Wally Buono.

QB Dave Dickenson marched the club into the end zone twice early in the first quarter, taking advantage of two pass interference penalties against Saskatchewan. He hit Geroy Simon with back-to-back touchdown passes and added another pair before halftime.

Then, as Buono described it, "all of a sudden, it seemed like not that the intensity wasn't there, but the urgency wasn't there.

"When you lose your focus a bit it does come back and usually bite you," Buono said.

Luckily for the Lions, the Saskatchewan bite was a mere nibble. Roughriders were still in pre-season mode. The much-touted combo of quarterback Kerry Joseph and receiver Jason Armstead -- the first and third picks in the Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft -- didn't make an impact. Had the costly errors and penalties been halved, Lions would not have run away with the game.

"They've gotta come over to Taylor Field," said Saskatchewan head coach Danny Barrett. "We've got to take advantage of our home field."

Opening night jitters aside, the Lions must contain the Riders' stars again while watching potentially dangerous running backs Dominique Dorsey and Kenton Keith. Stop them and 2-0 is almost assured.

"Dorsey is good," Buono said. "We knew that, we've got to do a bit better job of recovering and kickoff returns."

One Lion who always relishes playing in his hometown of Regina is Jason Clermont. He, however, is gone indefinitely with a medial collateral ligament tear after a collision with Lions' offensive lineman Rob Murphy last week.

Lions reluctantly pressed Ryan Thelwell, mending from a knee sprain, into service immediately. Buono is bound to add Josh Boden to the receiving corps from the practice roster and just-signed draft pick Ricky Foley could be useful for his versatility after being cut by the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

The big third quarter lead last week gave Buono a chance to move others into the lineup and rest some regulars. Rookie fullback Alexis Bwenge and centre Dean Valli joined an offence led by backup quarterback Jarious Jackson after Dickenson had already submitted a performance impossible for the player of the week judges to ignore.


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