Lions ready to drop bombs

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

Reaching .500 prior to the bye week will be the focus for the B.C. Lions (3-4) Friday as they host the struggling Winnipeg Blue Bombers at B.C. Place.

Quarterback Jarious Jackson will make his first start for the Leos this season -- his 19th career start -- after leading the team to two of their three wins this year while coming off the bench.

"Jarious looks good in practice this week," said slotback Geroy Simon. "We're confident in his abilities, we've always been confident. We got to come out and get him going early and get him in that rhythm and then we can do what we want."

Buck Pierce is sidelined with a concussion suffered during the first quarter of last week's game. Zac Champion will fill in as the third-string QB.

Coach Wally Buono needs one more win to tie Don Matthews as the CFL's all-time regular season win leader. Buono currently sits second with 230 career victories -- 77 with B.C. and 153 with Calgary.

Winnipeg (2-5) has only one win in their past five games including a very lopsided 39-12 defeat at the hands of the Montreal Alouettes last Saturday. To make matters worse, they have lost eight of the past 10 games against the Lions, with B.C. sweeping the two matchups last season.

With NFL preseason ongoing, time will tell as to whether former Lions' running back Stefan Logan will be able to crack the Pittsburgh Steelers lineup. If he gets cut and returns to B.C., the running game could get more interesting for the Lions.

Currently, first year tailback Martell Mallett is tops in CFL yards-from-scrimmage with 722 and third in CFL rushing yards with 492.

FOOD FOR PHOTO: In return for food or cash donations, fans attending the game this week will have an opportunity to take a picture with the Grey Cup. It's part of the Purolator Tackle Hunger food drive, a campaign returning for the seventh season.


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