Lions coast to win

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

B.C. Lions built a big first half lead and coasted to a 26-19 win over the Toronto Argonauts in Friday night's Canadian Football League game at B.C. Place Stadium.

Lions (2-1) took a 23-0 lead into halftime after Dave Dickenson, 19-of-24 for 256 yards, passed twice to Geroy Simon for touchdowns. Backup Jarious Jackson was four-for-eight with 16 yards and an interception in the third quarter while Dickenson tended a right knee injury.

"It's pretty swollen," Dickenson said. "It's a long season, I just wanted to get the win and move on."

Rookie Rob Pikula was three-for-three on field goals in the first half. The Saskatchewan Roughriders' castoff had another in the second half. Paul McCallum, still nursing a sore groin, handled punting while Bret Anderson did the kickoffs.

"It's kicking by committee," said Lions' head coach Wally Buono. "We want to win games and get Paul McCallum healthy."

Argonauts' running back Ricky Williams, who is serving a year-long National Football League drug suspension, scored his first touchdown in Canada at 5:04 of the third quarter on a four-yard run. "If we don't win, it doesn't matter what I do," said Williams, who had 97 yards on 18 carries. "Obviously I didn't give enough to help the team win."

Lions visit the defending Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos on Friday.


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