Leos win a costly one

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

A 24-21 win by the B.C. Lions (8-7) over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-9) yesterday was overshadowed by the loss of their No. 1 quarterback, as Buck Pierce suffered a shoulder injury to his throwing arm just six minutes in and could be out for the season.

With Pierce sidelined, second-stringer Travis Lulay stepped in, completing 13 of 24 passes for 177 yards -- and two interceptions -- and calmly ran for 92 yards. His lone touchdown pass came in the fourth quarter when he threw a 30-yarder to running back A.J. Harris, giving the Lions their first lead of the game.

Filling in for an injured Martell Mallett, Harris had 21 carries and 89 rushing yards in his Lions running back debut. He also recorded five receptions for 92 yards.

The Lions poor defensive coverage gave up a Brock Ralph TD just 1:32 into the game to give the home team an early lead. B.C. also turned the ball over three times on their first three offensive series, including an interception throw by Pierce and fumbles by Pierce and Ryan Grice-Mullen.

Despite all the turnovers, the Blue Bombers only managed to score 14 points before allowing the Lions to get on the scoreboard. B.C.'s Dante Marsh picked off Michael Bishop to get a defensive touchdown, kick-starting the comeback. Thanks to three Paul McCallum field goals, the Lions escaped the first half tied 17-17.

The Lions will try to build on their current three-game winning streak next Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a game that could determine the top spot in the West.


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