Lions seek to stomp Stamps

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

B.C. was bombarded by a deluge of trash talk across the Rocky Mountains from Calgary last week.

The laughable subject was touchdown dances and how Geroy Simon's superhero pose was getting thumbs down reviews from Stampeders' receivers Nik Lewis and Jeremaine Copeland.

It's been strangely quiet on the Western front since the Lions stomped the Stamps 39-13 a week ago. The game featured another Simon touchdown and all the Lions joined him in striking that superhero pose we've seen so often in 2006.

"When you call one of our players out, we're family here," said defensive lineman Brent Johnson. "We stand behind Geroy."

"The smartest thing [the Stamps can] do all week is just be quiet," added linebacker Otis Floyd.

Stamps need to beat the Lions Sunday at McMahon Stadium to prolong their lead over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who host Montreal tonight. Calgary has clinched a trip to the playoffs, but Saskatchewan has a game in hand and hasn't given up on hosting a playoff game this season.

"The place is going to be different, the environment is going to be different," said Lions' head coach Wally Buono. "I believe the game will be different."

Lions have a different dilemma. They need to remain motivated for their final three games. First-place B.C. already knows there's a bye waiting when the regular season ends and the West final on Nov. 12 at B.C. Place Stadium.

"It's the first goal we wanted to reach this year," said quarterback Buck Pierce. "We wanted to get back to where we were last year. It's important we keep the pressure on. We need to go out there and we need to win."

Pierce will start in place of Dave Dickenson, who continues to recover from a mid-September concussion. Expect to see Jarious Jackson if the Lions build a comfy lead. Ex-National Football League prospect Todd Mortensen is poised for promotion from the practice roster.


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