Lions offense sputters in 23-6 loss to Blue Bombers

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On a night where Geroy Simon was inducted into the B.C. Lions ring of honour, it was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who spoiled the party.

Whatever offense the Lions had unleashed upon the Montreal Alouettes the weekend prior was largely invisible throughout the majority of the first half, as B.C. was turned back on several two and out plays. Meanwhile at the other end of the ball, Winnipeg quarterback Drew Willy was given time and space in abundance, converting 9 of his 14 passes in the game’s opening 30 minutes to help pace kicker Lirim Hajrullahu to a trio of field goals.

B.C. finally found its way onto the scoreboard after a favourable return from Tim Brown helped the Lions get deep into Winnipeg territory. But the Lions failed to put up a major from the six-yard line, settling instead for an 11-yard field goal from Paul McCallum. The veteran kicker would tack on another in the dying moments of the first half to make it 9-6.

At halftime the B.C. Lions officially welcomed Geroy Simon into their hallowed Ring of Honour after “Superman” put together 12 seasons of memories for the franchise, hallmarked with two Grey Cup victories. Simon did one final lap around the field in a convertible to allow fans to give one last thank you.

Glenn appeared to be finding his rhythm to start the second half by throwing two quick passes and marching the Lions down to the Winnipeg 30, but on the next play threw a room service interception directly into Bomber hands to quickly evaporate any type of good sentiment left from the Geroy Simon ceremony.

With Glenn a non-factor, head coach Mike Benevides turned to backup pivot John Beck, who consequently went two and out on his first series. Shortly after, Willy spotted a wide open Clarence Denmark within B.C. territory and Winnipeg widened their lead with a touchdown to make it 19-6.

The final quarter was almost a moot point. The Lions offense failed to generate any momentum in the loss.

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