Saturday, August 13, 2005

Leos Liking first

Wally Buono's boys continue on along their winning ways, with Dave Dickenson back in the play the Lions picked up where they left off last week and rattled off another CFL win in the CFL 2005 season. With week seven done, the Leos remain the only undefeated team in the CFL with a 7-0 record far and away the most effective of CFL squads this year.

Friday night's game started out as a blow out as the Lions rolled on down the field and scored seemingly at will as Dickenson mixed his plays masterfully, leaving the Stamps defence looking confused and overwhelmed.

By half time the Calgary faithful had started to express their displeasure with the Stamps, as the defence struggled and the offense declined to get untracked. Henry Burris had a horrid start to the game with dropped passes, missed assignments and turnovers causing much misery on the Calgary offensive corps. The mental lapses early on set the stage for a frustrating night for the Stamps.

But with the half time rest the Stamps managed to cobble together an effective rebuttal to the 31-10 lead, it was an impressive reply for the Stamps, but in the end not enough and the score flattered the Stamps as the Lions did appear to dominate the affair for most of the game. The score of 39-31 flattering the Calgarians, as they game did not appear to be as close as this score indicates.

Once he got untracked, Burris did begin to generate some offense and help his shaken teammates regain some of their confidence. But Dave Dickenson controlled the play to his liking and the Lions offence repsonded in kind to his steady and effective pace.

As they sit atop the CFL West and the CFL as a whole going 8-0 is a strong possibility, the Hamilton Tiger Cats are the next opponent at BC Place. Still winless and injury riddled the Tabbies are at possibly their lowest ebb of the last few years. With so much expected of them at the start of the season, this has truly been the season from hell. It may get a little bit hotter over the next seven days as Greg Marshall tries to put together a game plan to take on the high riding Lions.

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