Lions come up short in season opener

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The B.C. Lions surrendered a 14-0 lead as ex-Leo Mike Reilly engineered a comeback to lead the Edmonton Eskimos to a 27-20 victory at B.C. Place on Saturday in the two teams’ season opener.

Calvin McCarty, Fred Stamps, and Adarius Bowman were the recipients of Reilly’s three touchdown passes on the day, while kicker Grant Shaw made good on two of his converts while also tacking on a pair of field goals.

For the Lions the offense came in the form of tailback Andrew Harris and D-Tre Player, who each had a pair of scoring majors for B.C., while veteran kicker Paul McCallum added a pair of field goals of his own.

Playing in the absence of injured quarterback Travis Lulay, Kevin Glenn went 18-for-28 on the day while tossing for 251 yards, completing two touchdown passes in the opening quarter. However, a quartet of interceptions – including one in the dying moments with B.C. down a touchdown – proved to be Glenn’s undoing.

The Lions will go back to work next Friday when they visit the Montreal Alouettes at Olympic Stadium.

NOTES: Former Lions centre Angus Reid, who retired after a back injury sidelined him for the entire 2013 campaign, was an honourary captain for B.C. and conducted the coin toss … Lions defensive back Dante Marsh took part in his 170th career CFL game, all of which has been played with B.C … And the fans in the crowd saluted former Canuck Gino Odjick, who is suffering from a terminal disease in his heart.

 

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