Tiger-Cats 26, Lions 18: Playoff hopes are put on life support after sixth straight loss

The Lions now have to win and wait for help to get to the postseason.

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It’s not over for the BC Lions, even if a sixth loss in a row makes it feel that way.

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The Lions (4-8) lost 26-18 to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-5) on a windy Friday night at Ivor Wynne Stadium, adding to their misery at the end of the season, but their Fading playoff hopes have not been extinguished. yet.

The Lions host the Calgary Stampeders next week at home in a must-win game. They have to beat the Edmonton Elks at BC Place the following week, and they hope the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won’t feature their B squad when they visit the Stamps at the same time, as a Bombers win is the last component of the playoff equation. .

The home field hasn’t exactly been kind to BC this year, with their 2-10 win over the Ottawa RedBlacks their only win in six attempts at the Dome. They’re also just 1-6 against teams in the Division West, but that was a 15-9 win over Calgary.

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This is what we learned …

BC Lions wide receiver Quadree Henderson runs a punt during first-half CFL football game action against the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Friday.
BC Lions wide receiver Quadree Henderson runs a punt during first-half CFL football game action against the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Friday. Photo by Peter Power /THE CANADIAN PRESS

OFF AND ON OFFENSE

The lack of consistency that has dogged the offense all season lowered his score yet again.

The game began with a 74-yard 13-play drive that resulted in a field goal; but for the remainder of the first half, BC had only 90 total yards and zero points. Hamilton eclipsed that in a drive late in the second quarter that went 98 yards for a touchdown.

Early problems included Reilly’s interception on a deep ball that was not dropped to Lucky Whitehead. He has pitched a pick in four straight games, five total in that span.


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Reilly broke the 300-yard mark for the first time in six games, throwing for 330 yards on 33 of 43 passes, and threw a one-yard punch with 1:18 remaining in the game for his fourth major rushing. year.

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As coach Rick Campbell promised this week, Whitehead was a much bigger part of the offense, finishing the first quarter with 50 yards on four receptions. He was targeted 13 times, the most of the game, throwing nine balls for 98 yards, while his running mate Bryan Burnham had seven for 77 yards.

The Lions had 397 net yards of offense overall.

BCLions running back James Butler is tackled during action from the first half CFL football game against the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Friday.
BCLions running back James Butler is tackled during action from the first half CFL football game against the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Friday. Photo by Peter Power /THE CANADIAN PRESS

LAND AND POUND

The running game had been a routine for BC for much of the season, but it has been trending upward in recent games.

Running back James Butler came into Friday with 110 yards on 16 carries, a healthy 6.9 yards per carry, in the last two games. He was once again a tough running back against Hamilton on his limited carries, often getting the trade when tacklers converged on him, but he still had 14 carries for 51 yards. His eight-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his second rushing score of the year, the last in September against Montreal, and only the third-biggest non-QB sneaker of the season for BC.

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LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM

The Lions defense, which had relied on turnovers and big plays to turn the tide earlier in the year, suffered more than 350 yards on offense again. The Tabbies racked up 377 yards on net offense, with Jeremiah Masoli throwing for 258 yards on 19 of 26 passes and a touchdown. The Ticats haven’t thrown an interception as a team in seven straight games, one short of the league record of eight.

The lack of a passing run by a Lions team in the last overall in sacks allowed Masoli time to disarm his zone defense. Not once was he sacked by BC, who often rushed in with three linemen, and the Leos only managed two knockdowns and one tackle for a loss. He also completed two completions for more than 30 yards on his last drive before the half, capped off by a 32-yard strike to Brandon Banks.

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Running back Don Jackson only needed 12 carries to get 80 yards and a touchdown, while Banks was one of three receivers to record more than 50 receiving yards, finishing the game with 75 yards.

Hamilton Tiger Cats running back Don Jackson runs to win in the first half against the BC Lions on Friday.
Hamilton Tiger Cats running back Don Jackson runs to win in the first half against the BC Lions on Friday. Photo by Peter Power /THE CANADIAN PRESS

KICKED ON THE ROAD

Nick Vogel took over the duties of kicking out Jimmy Camacho’s BC spot after the latter’s failures in the fourth quarter against Toronto last week.

Vogel ended his NCAA career as the University of Alabama in Birmingham’s third-highest scorer of all time with 269 points, while making 41 of 47 field goal attempts. Vogel also set a school record for PAT percentage after making 128 of 131 attempts.

On Friday, he had the game’s opening points with a 22-yard kick, then a 33-yard clutch in the fourth quarter to bring the Lions to 19-12. But he also failed at PAT after Butler’s score, and after Reilly’s escape with 1:18 left, after which he came to a limp and limping stop.

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