Parker saving the love for post-game exchange

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

VANCOUVER - For Byron Parker, Saturday’s meeting against the Toronto Argonauts at BC Place is like a family reunion.

Having played on the Boatmen for six-and-a-half seasons, the B.C. Lions defensive back is looking forward to facing some of his former teammates for possibly the final time this season. But he doesn’t feel any extra motivation comes with the matchup just because he spent most of his CFL career in Hogtown.

“I didn’t really leave on bad terms, and I have no harsh feelings towards the organization, but just the brother rivalry is the biggest thing,” said Parker, who signed as a free agent with B.C. in February. “We’re going to talk a lot of trash on and off the field and afterwards, you know, I’ll give them a big hug and tell them I love them and I miss them and that’s going to be it.”

The 31-year-old will be hoping the embrace comes after a Lions victory — something the team has been quite familiar with of late. B.C.’s recent win came against a tough Montreal Alouettes squad, and has given the 7-3 Leos a template on how they want to play every game the rest of the way.

“It was a good test for us playing against a legend (Anthony Calvillo), a great group, and a great offence,” said Parker, who has 19 tackles and one interception so far this season. “To come out there to play as well as we did was definitely good for us.

“Once you’re prepared, it makes playing the game that much easier.”

However, they will be up against a confident bunch in the Argos who have won three of their last four and lead the East Division with a 6-4 record. The last time the two sides met, B.C. prevailed 18-9 in Week 6, keeping Toronto out of the endzone and limiting quarterback Ricky Ray to 215 passing yards.

The defence plans on targeting the Argos pivot early again.

“The better that we start out, the better we’ll be at the end of the game. So our job going in is to put our offence in the best position to score points,” defensive back Ryan Phillips said. “If (the defence) can score points ourselves, that’s also a plus. When you play against Ricky Ray, you definitely got to frustrate him early because if you let a guy like that establish himself and get some continuity early, he can definitely come out on the better end of the stick.”


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