VANCOUVER — The B.C. Lions had been examined Thursday however held on for a 17-12 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Quarterback Nathan Rourke tossed for 250 yards with two touchdowns for the Lions (4-1). He attached on 22 of 30 makes an attempt, had two interceptions and was once sacked as soon as.
Sean Whyte stayed absolute best at the season, creating a 37-yard box function, his lone strive of the night time.
Hamilton’s Dane Evans was once sacked early however recovered and attached on 26 of 37 makes an attempt for 297 passing yards. He attached with Steven Dunbar Jr. for a landing and went with out an interception for a 2nd directly recreation.
Kicker Seth Small made two of 3 box function makes an attempt, together with a 23-yard kick in the second one quarter.
The outcome strikes the Lions right into a tie with the idle Calgary Stampeders for 2nd spot within the CFL’s aggressive West Department.
The sport started as a defensive struggle, with either side suffering to generate offence.
James Butler sparked the Lions halfway in the course of the first quarter, taking a handoff from Rourke deep in B.C. territory, and weaving 37-yards thru site visitors and tried tackles. The run gave the house aspect a primary down on their very own 54-yard line.
Rourke adopted the play with a 33-yard bullet to Dominique Rhymes and Whyte capped the scoring pressure with a 37-yard box function.
The kicker has made all seven of his box function makes an attempt this season.
The Ticats began the second one in scoring place however needed to accept a box function after a cross knock down by means of Lions defensive again Loucheiz Purifoy. Small’s 14-yard kick briefly tied the sport at 3-3.
A nine-play, 76-yard scoring pressure put B.C. up as soon as once more. Rourke despatched a blistering 14-yard toss to Jevon Cottoy after all zone for the QB’s league-leading 13 landing cross of the season.
Hamilton often labored its method up the sphere simplest to be thwarted a 2nd time by means of a cross knock down, this time by means of linebacker Ben Hladik.
Small ensured the Ticats’ paintings did not move unrewarded, striking a 23-yard kick in the course of the uprights and whittling B.C.’s result in 10-6.
The guests were given any other scoring likelihood overdue within the part after Lions defensive lineman was once known as for a top hit on Evans. The 15-yard penalty gave Hamilton a primary down on the B.C. 33-yard line with seconds left at the clock. Small went for a 41-yard box function strive, however the ball sailed vast to the left.
The Lions boosted their benefit halfway in the course of the 3rd body on a scoring pressure that integrated a trick play.
Desiring 3 yards on a 3rd down, B.C. known as Whyte out onto the sphere, reputedly for an extended box function strive. As an alternative, the Rourke muscled the ball thru a scrum for a primary down that saved the pressure alive.
The QB capped the collection with an arcing 33-yard landing cross to Fortunate Whitehead after all zone.
Hamilton were given its first primary of the night time sooner than the top of the quarter, when Evans hit Steven Dunbar Jr. with a 32-yard toss as he sprinted in for his fourth landing of the season.
The Ticats went for the two-point conversion however Evans failed to connect to Tim White after all zone.
B.C. took a 17-12 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Lions delivered a dagger with lower than 3 mins left at the clock.
With Hamilton on 3rd down, Evans sailed a cross to White deep after all zone, simplest to peer it knocked down by means of Marcus Sayles. The Ticats grew to become the ball over on downs.
An interception with 93 seconds left at the clock breathed new existence into the visiting aspect.
Rourke despatched a ball flying to Whitehead alongside the sideline, however Hamilton’s Tunde Adeleke stepped in, devoured it up and returned it for 3 yards.
The Lions’ defence were given again to paintings and as soon as once more pressured the Ticats to turnover the ball on downs.
The Tiger-Cats shall be again in motion on July 28 after they host the Montreal Alouettes. The Lions will take at the Roughriders in Regina on July 29.
NOTES: Lions big name Bryan Burnham helped trainer from the sidelines. The receiver stays at the injured listing after struggling damaged ribs in B.C.’s 2nd recreation of the season on June 25. ? The matchup marked the 99th assembly between the Lions and Ticats. Sport 100 must wait till subsequent season as the 2 aspects simplest play as soon as in 2022.