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Lions defeat Stampeders

Andrew Harris
Andrew Harris
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According to TSN, the British Columbia Lions defeated the Calgary Stampeders 25-24 at McMahon Stadium on Friday evening. With 1:32 left in the fourth quarter, Lions quarterback Kevin Glenn, who played for the Stampeders just a season ago, threw a 65 yard game winning touchdown pass to Ernest Jackson to give the Lions a one point victory.

The Lions took the lead early in the first quarter on an interception by Ronnie Yell, who then ran 34 yards into the end zone to open the scoring. The Stampeders then tied the game in the first quarter when Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mtchell threw an 18 yard touchdown pass to Marquay McDaniel.

After the Lions took the lead on a 10-7 field goal, the Stampeders responded with a 63 yard interception return for a touchdown from Keon Raymond and a one yard touchdown from Drew Tate. However despite entering the second half with a 21-10 lead the Stampeders could not hold on to the victory. In addition to Jackson's fourth quarter major score, the Lions got an early fourth quarter touchdown on a pass from Glenn to running back Andrew Harris.

The Stampeders had difficulty stopping Harris, who had 143 total yards (73 receiving and 70 rushing). With the victory, the Lions improved to 3-3 and the Stampeders dropped to 4-1. It has been a very inconsistent start to the Lions season to date because they have looked strong in their wins over Calgary, the Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders, and struggled in their losses to Edmonton, Montreal and Winnipeg.

The Stampeders pass defense struggled a little too. Glenn meanwhile outpassed Mitchell by fifty passing yards.

The Stampeders will next play against the expansion Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday, August 9 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. Game time is 5:30 p.m. mountain time and can be seen on TSN.