Major battle down the stretch for B.C. Lions

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:44 AM ET

VANCOUVER - The B.C. Lions are not taking their foot off the pedal.

They can’t. Not with how tight the West Division is.

Having won four in a row and five of their last six, the 5-6 squad is still just one win ahead of last place in the group. And that so happens to be the 4-7 Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Lions’ next opponent this Saturday.

“From here on out, we can expect a dogfight every week,” said quarterback Travis Lulay. “It’s a tight race and the challenge now is to continue to improve. We’ve done that steadily the last few weeks and that’s why we’ve been able to maintain a winning streak here.”

With seven games left in the regular season, the Lions have a tough road ahead after digging themselves into a big hole to start the season. The recent turnaround is much needed, with the Roughriders having won three straight, and are now trailing B.C. by just two points. The Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos are both 7-4.

“It’s just about keeping the mindset right and knowing you just need to be a step better the next week, regardless of if you had a big win the week before,” Lulay said. “We’ve proved that when we play well, we can be very tough to beat.”

The Lions demonstrated just that Saturday, pulling off a big 32-19 win over the Stampeders. And while some may look at it as a statement game, Dante Marsh wasn’t as pleased about the Lions’ performance.

“We left a lot out there still,” said the defensive back, who had an interception on Stamps QB Henry Burris. “No disrespect to Calgary, but it should have been a lot worse than what it was for them. We got to know how to step on their neck. I ain’t happy.”

The seven-year veteran said the recent winning streak doesn’t matter with the team still under .500, noting that the West has always been the CFL’s toughest division.

“It’s always going to be a war out there,” he said, referring to both games and the standings. “We can’t let our focus get sidetracked. We can’t be too high, can’t be too low. Just be in the middle and keep pushing forward.”


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