It might have taken him 110 games, but J.R LaRose finally earned his first CFL interception.
And he did it against his hometown Edmonton Eskimos to help the B.C. Lions to a 43-29 win at BC Place Stadium on Friday.
The B.C. Lions safety helped turn the tide in a game that saw Edmonton take a 7-0 lead on the opening snap, which went as a 71-yard touchdown reception to Adarius Bowman, who finished with a game-high 199 yards and two TDs on six catches.
But it was one that he didn’t catch that bit them.
Late in an Eskimos-dominated first half with Edmonton leading 12-1, a Mike Reilly pass bounced off the shoulder pads of Bowman and was plucked from the air by LaRose, which sparked a 35-3 point run by the Lions, beginning with the next snap being carried 54 yards to the end zone by Stefan Logan.
“First interception, man. It feels so good, finally got the monkey off my back,” said LaRose.