Sunday, August 29, 2004

Leos flood the good ship Argonaut

Casey Printers continued to post some impressive numbers as the BC Lions took control of the Argonauts and refused to let them into the game. Printers threw for three touchdowns and ran one in himself, as he led the Lions to a 31-10 drubbing of the Argos in front of over 29,000 fans at BC Place.

When Printers wasn’t throwing TD passes to Geroy Simon and Frank Cutolo he was handing it off to Antonio Warren, Warren making his return to Lion uniform galloped for over 100 yards, helping to keep the Argo defence off balance through the majority of the game.

Toronto started Michael Bishop for the second game in a row and his second start in his career, but playing against a far more aggressive Lions defence Bishop didn’t have the time to set up, nor was he able to read the Leos defence. The net result was an offence that could not get started and had few bright moments, the highlight reel moment for the double blue an amazing 46 yard touchdown toss to J Soward, accounting for 7 of Toronto’s ten points.

The loss was even more important with news of the Tiger Cat victory earlier in the night, the Argos now only lead the surging Cats by 2 points, with the two teams set to meet in Hamilton on Labour Day. The match up should make this Labour Day Classic a definite Big Time game, most likely giving Mr. Young another huge crowd on hand to view.

For the Lions the win solidifies their place at the top of the West, from a shaky start to the regular season Wally Buono has quickly corrected the problems and finds himself with a well developed team both on offence and defence. With Casey Printers continuing to shine, it raises an interesting dilemma for the Lions coach, what to do when Dave Dickenson returns, expected within the next two to three weeks. It’s a problem that the likes of Winnipeg, Ottawa and Calgary can only wish they had.

For their hard work the Lions receive the bye this week, with the eight other teams engaged in games with their “traditional” rivals, the Lions will watch some TV and rest up. Life is suddenly quite good on the West coast, the team is winning and the fans are coming back to the ball park. Labour Day is going to be a very good weekend for the Lions to take stock, and David Braley is gong to like the report he gets..

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