You couldn’t ask Davis Sanchez to do much more than he did for the B.C. Lions last night.
Sanchez proved to be the most dominant defensive player on either side of the ball and his example went a long way in keeping Friday night’s game close.
As his team struggled in the third quarter, giving up a half-time lead, Sanchez proved why he is considered one of the CFL’s premier cornerbacks.
Closed the gap
He grabbed an errant Ricky Ray pass and 54 yards later scored a TD that helped the Lions close to 18-17 just 21 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Sanchez also had a knockdown and led the Lions with nine tackles.
“We just seem to not be making enough plays to win,” said Sanchez.
“We’re not playing good second-half football, that’s for sure.”
Now in his ninth season, Sanchez had the sense the Eskimos were ripe for the picking.
“We could have put them away tonight,” said Sanchez.
“They had doubts. I think we should have stepped on their throats and put them away, but we didn’t.
“The same thing happened last week in Toronto (when a late interception TD by Byron Parker gave the Argos the win). We need toput teams away. We needed to score and we needed to stop.
“The other teams hang around, especially at home. Yhey’re going to find a play somewhere and they did.”
With an interception TD and a kick return TD, the odds went against the Lions this time.
“If you look at the stats somewhere, if you get a pick for a touchdown and a kick return for a touchdown, you win probably 90% of the time.So that means we’re still not doing something right if we do that and still not win.
“We need to find more ways to make more plays.”