Lions and Stamps battle for first place Friday night


With more beautiful weather in the forecast this week, fans are encouraged to take some extra time on their way down to the game on Friday and enjoy the BC Lions Tailgate Party presented by Nissan starting at 5:00 pm on Terry Fox Plaza. In addition to the unique tailgating experience that only football offers, there’s plenty for families too with face painting and inflatable games.

This week, Lions legend Lui Passaglia will be signing autographs during the Street Party from 5:30 to 6:30 pm as well as at halftime on the concourse. Lui is preparing for his annual Push For Your Tush walk which raises funds and awareness in the battle against colorectal cancer.

Live music on the plaza will be provided courtesy of Cambree Lovesy along with a performance by the Felions. Early-bird food and beverage pricing is also in effect inside BC Place from 6:00 to 6:30 pm.

The Lions are also very pleased to have local recording artist Daniel Wesley performing during AmaconHalftime Friday night.

Game Overview
It’s arguably the biggest game to be played at BC Place by the club since the Lions and Stamps tangled in the 2012 Western Final, as the two hottest clubs in the CFL clash in a huge midseason divisional grudge match.

The Lions trail the Stampeders by just a single point in the West Division standings and have a chance to move into top spot while also laying claim to the season series with a win on Friday night. The clubs split their two previous meetings including a 44-41 overtime thriller that Calgary took at home on July 29.

Jennings BC Lions

Led by quarterback Jonathon Jennings, who last week became just the fourth quarterback in team history to throw for 300+ yards in four consecutive games, the Lions enter Friday’s tilt on the heels of frantic 45-38 win over Hamilton last Saturday while Calgary pounded-out a tough 19-10 win on the road in Regina. The Lions are currently the CFLs highestscoring team averaging just under 37 points per game.

Among Jenning’s targets last week was Emmanuel Arceneaux who hauled in five receptions for 105 yards and a pair of majors including the game-winner with less than two minutes to go in a game that Leos led by as much as 20 points. The sixth-year Leo is averaging 14 yards per catch this season and rolled up 128 yards against Calgary last time out.

On defence, the Team 100 combination of Adam Bighill and Solomon Elimimian combined for 12 tackles, two sacks and interception in the win over Hamilton. They’ll need another dominating performance to keep quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and the high-flying Calgary offence in-check on Friday night.

Special teams ace Chris Rainey had a punt return for a touchdown called back last week, but has four majors against the Stampeders over the past two seasons including two this year. Look for the speedster to play a significant role in a game where field position is critical.

While the calendar says it’s mid-August, Friday night’s game might have implications reaching as far as November, making it a must see for football fans.

Scott Harrigan
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