Autumn is in the air, kids are back in school and football returns this week as the Leos tangle with the Montreal Alouettes. 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 Nissanstarting 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.
Live music on the plaza will be provided courtesy of The Score 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.
Prior to kick-off the Lions will honour linebacker Jason Arakgi who set a new CFL record for special teams tackles during the club’s previous home game in August. During the game, the Lions will also pay special tribute to a number of Canadian Olympic athletes who have returned home from Rio.
Back by popular demand, the club is pleased to present another installment of mascot soccer during Amacon Halftime.
It’s been a resurgent season so far for the BC Lions (7-3) under head coach Wally Buono as the club returns from two more hard-fought victories on the road in Ottawa and Toronto. The Lions completed a rare road sweep of East Division teams and now turn their attention to the Montreal Alouettes (3-7).
Quarterback Jonathon Jennings, who guided the club to two game-winning drives over the RedBlacks and Argonauts, has been a major reason for the club’s turnaround in 2016. The calm and athletic pivot has saved his best play for when it’s mattered most leading the team to the second-best record in the CFL and still within striking distance of the first-place Calgary Stampeders.
Among Jenning’s targets is Emmanuel Arceneaux who sits sixth overall among all CFL receivers with 55 receptions for 724 yards, well on his way to another 1,000-yard campaign. Slotback Bryan Burnham may also threaten the 1,000-yard plateau with his 710 yards on 41 receptions to date and penchant for circus catches.
On defence, linebacker Solomon Elimimian looks better than ever coming off a 14-tackle performance in Toronto which earned him a Player of the Week nod. The lofty contribution set a new team mark for tackles in a game and highlighted a great defensive effort by the Lions versus future hall of famer Ricky Ray.
On special teams, placekicker and punter Richie Leone continues to develop into a key part of the Lions’ success. The second-year Leo was good on all three of his field goal attempts in Toronto including the game-winner with no time left on the clock. His punting is also a major factor in the defence keeping opposing teams pinned in their own end. Leone currently leads the CFL in punting average (50.6 yards) and net punting (38.9 yards).
September is here and the club has just passed the halfway point of a grueling 18-game regular season. The Lions have sent a clear message to the rest of the league that they’re for real in 2016, now it’s time to start playing to expectations on home turf.