B.C. offence disappeared

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

CALGARY -- Six field goals. Six lousy field goals.

No touchdowns.

No chance to win for the B.C. Lions.

"That's what it came down to," said Leos running back Stefan Logan as he left the McMahon Stadium turf. "If we would have punched it in a few times when we were driving the ball in the first half, at halftime instead of 12-9 we should have been up 21 points."

Instead, the Calgary Stampeders were alive long enough for their offence to click it in gear and pull off the 22-18 victory in yesterday's West Final.

Can't blame Logan for the loss, though. The diminutive rusher finished the game with 130 yards on the ground on 18 carries.

Unfortunately for the Lions, he was on the sidelines tending to a thigh injury when the Stampeders came up with their critical goal-line stand early in the third quarter.

"I'm not going to point blame on anybody on our team," he said. "They came off the ball hard and strong, and that's what happened. They made some great plays at the right time and that's what happened.

"Everybody came out to play and we did a great job. We just couldn't finish."

Don't know if you can say everybody on the Lions came out to play. The much ballyhooed defensive line featuring Cameron Wake, Brent Johnson and Aaron Hunt didn't make many key plays.

Receiver Paris Jackson had no receptions. Jason Clearmont had only two catches for 18 yards.

Most importantly, no touchdowns.

"Football is a game of opportunities. When you look at it, we did squander them away," said head coach Wally Buono. "It's always frustrating, especially in a game this big and against a very good football team that you can't capitalize on.

"When you're on the one-yard line, you've got to put it in. You can't fumble the ball at critical times. Those things always come back to haunt you. When they had an opportunity, they scored touchdowns. When we had opportunities, we didn't.

"When you lose by four, the math isn't that difficult."


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