True TD machine

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

In Geroy Simon's first year with the B.C. Lions, his pants were pulled down on the McMahon Stadium turf in a 2001 playoff game.

"I got tackled by my pants and by my tights (underneath). And what is left after that?" chuckled Simon yesterday.

"They came down to my mid-thigh. But it was a pile of guys and they couldn't see much."

Thankfully for the talented receiver, he hasn't been caught with his pants down since.

But defenders trying to cover him this year have been looking pretty foolish.

Although he has been double-teamed seemingly countless times so far this season, Simon is second in the league in receiving yards and has five touchdowns.

Jason Tucker, Jeremaine Copeland, Mookie Mitchell and Nik Lewis have five majors combined.

"Dave (Dickenson) and the co-ordinators have confidence in me," said Simon, dodging any credit for his early season success. "And I am getting opportunities (because) we have guys hurt."

Simon is seeing double team coverage from his slotback position because of knee injuries to receivers Jason Clermont and Tony Simmons.

But to dodge those double teams, the Lions are also bouncing Simon to wide receiver during the game, knowing he'll likely get some one-on-one battles outside.

It all means that defensive backs Reggie Durden and Keyuo Craver - who were both burned in Winnipeg last weekend - will see a steady diet of No. 81 tonight.

"He looks like one of those guys that studies the game a lot and you definitely need to be on top of your game when guarding him," said Craver.

OUT OF AFRICA: Tonight's game will mark the first time Joe Montford, Rob Brown and Mark Washington will meet on the field since spending a portion of the off-season in Africa on a Christian mission that had at least one hair-raising moment.

"Going down to the bottom of Victoria Falls, Joe fell in the water and other people fell in," recalled Washington, a Lion defensive back. "It got a little scary after a while, saving each other's life."

FINISH LINES: The Lions and Eskimos have split the last 10 regular-season meetings.


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