Fiasco at Frank Clair

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

The distant stare on Jason Armstead's face told the story.

There sat the Renegades receiver in the locker-room after last night's embarrassing 61-27 defeat to the B.C. Lions, looking blankly straight ahead into space, still dressed in his uniform some 30 minutes after the final gun had sounded.

The score actually flattered the Renegades, who got two rushing touchdowns from Josh Ranek late in the final quarter.

"I've been here for two years, and it looks like the same old s--t is going on," said Armstead, who just a few weeks ago spoke about the sky being the limit for the Renegades after a win in Hamilton.

But now, the Renegades have lost three straight and have dropped to 5-6 and suddenly anybody who had been speaking about a trip to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history probably feels like sticking their foot in their mouth.

"It's frustrating because you're surrounded by good players and you're surrounded by a good team, but it's not happening," said Armstead.

HORRIBLE NIGHT FOR QB

What happened last night in front of 19,013 on Toga Night at Frank Clair Stadium will go into the books as one of the most disappointing results in franchise history.

Quarterback Kerry Joseph had one of his worst games in an Ottawa uniform, throwing three interceptions and completing 10-of-22 passes for 175 yards.

Fans starting grumbling when Joseph overthrew a wide-open Markus Howell in the end zone in the first quarter.

And the jeers raised about a dozen octaves when the Ottawa QB missed on a pass to Armstead in the second quarter, his third straight incompletion.

Joseph threw two picks in the third quarter before being replaced by Darnell Kennedy, much to the delight of the fans who cheered when Joseph's replacement entered the game.

"It was probably as ugly as it can get. It's that plain and simple," said Joseph. "I really can't pinpoint anything. I struggled and I turned the ball over and I put it all on my shoulders."

Renegades coach Joe Paopao revealed after the game that Kennedy is Joseph's backup -- not Brad Banks, who hasn't fully recovered from injuries to his right throwing shoulder.

DICKENSON ROARS FOR LIONS

The big mystery heading into the game was who would be the B.C. starter -- either Dave Dickenson or backup Buck Pierce, who is the No. 2 pivot with last year's CFL MVP Casey Printers sidelined with an injury.

But the Lions really didn't need Dickenson to win this one, leading 23-8 at halftime on two touchdowns by special teams.

Lions halfback Mark Washington broke through Ottawa defenders easily to block Matt Kellett's first punt of the game and Barron Miles scooped up the loose ball and ran 15 yards for the opening score.

Then, halfway through the second quarter, former Renegade Aaron Lockett returned a punt 90 yards down the north sideline for another B.C. special teams touchdown.

"The last three games, we've come up short, and we've got to stop the bleeding there, somehow and some way," said Paopao.

The Lions blew it open with a pair of touchdowns before two minutes had expired in the third.

Lockett returned a kickoff 56 yards, followed by a 42-yard touchdown strike from Dickenson to Geroy Simon, who beat Bo Rogers by some five yards.

Following a Miles pick, the Lions got another major on a 61-yard reception by Ryan Thelwell, who wrestled away from a tackle attempt by Greg Moss and scampered 20 yards for the score.

That was the last action Dickenson would get, and he was replaced by Pierce and Jarious Jackson the rest of the way.

"They're a good team and we didn't come in taking them lightly," said Thelwell, who had two touchdowns and seven catches for 156 yards.


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