Lions' spirits on the rise

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

Things seem to be heading the right way for the Lions this week.

With Hamilton winning Sunday to help B.C. clinch a playoff berth and with news that both Casey Printers and Travis Lulay are ready to go, spirits are up and the team's confidence level is rising.

"Just in general, I feel like we've got a little bit of renewed life," said Lulay, who adds that he's not quite 100 per cent yet but still good enough to dress against Hamilton. "It was a tough loss last week and not knowing what's going to happen. We want to take advantage of the opportunity, so I think it's been a really good atmosphere so far this week."

B.C. will also have Jarious Jackson back as the third-string to run the ball on short-yardage plays.

Despite having lost their last three games to close out the regular season, the players are quick to put those defeats behind them and look ahead to the Tiger-Cats.

"I don't even remember what happened Friday," said the always-animated Korey Banks earlier this week. "No matter how we get in, we're in. It's a new season right now, that's the way we're approaching it."

"Although it's been a very difficult season in a lot of ways, it's also been a rewarding one and we can make a lot of things right by one game," said linebacker Javier Glatt.

Meanwhile, seven Lions were named to the 2009 CFL Western Division all-star team yesterday, including Geroy Simon and Martell Mallett. B.C. also had four others getting defensive honours, and one special teams selection.


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