- BC Lions’ quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. delivers an outstanding performance with three rushing touchdowns and two passing TDs.
- Calgary’s Reggie Begelton and Marken Michel score receiving touchdowns, but it’s not enough to overcome BC’s momentum.
- The Lions are set to face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Western Final.
In a decisive showdown, the BC Lions solidified their strength in the CFL with a commanding 41-30 win over the Calgary Stampeders. Here’s a closer look at how the game unfolded and the pivotal performances that made the difference.
The BC Lions, led by quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., put on an electrifying display of football in the Western Semi-Final, clinching a 41-30 victory over the Calgary Stampeders. Adams Jr.’s 413 passing yards and five total touchdowns were the talk of the evening, as he carved up Calgary’s defense both through the air and on the ground. This win propels the Lions to the Western Final, setting the stage for a high-stakes encounter with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Calgary Stampeders’ Performance
Calgary began with promise as QB Jake Maier connected with WR Reggie Begelton for a 43-yard advance, eventually leading to a TD pass to Marken Michel. Despite the early lead, Calgary struggled to keep pace with the Lions’ dynamic offense. Maier finished with 304 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 interceptions. Top rusher 5 Ka’Deem Carey could only muster 75 yards on the ground, leaving the Stampeders to play catch-up throughout the game.
- Jake Maier: 23/34 for 304 yards, 2 TDs
- Reggie Begelton: 8 receptions for 112 yards, 1 TD
- Marken Michel: 5 receptions for 66 yards, 1 TD
Defensive Key Players:
- Cameron Judge: 8 tackles, 1 QB sack
- Adarius Taylor: 6 tackles
Despite a concerted effort, Calgary’s defense couldn’t contain Adams Jr., who added three rushing TDs to his impressive passing stats.
BC Lions’ Triumph
BC’s victory was underpinned by the superb play of V. Adams Jr., who accounted for five of the team’s touchdowns. Adams Jr.’s versatility and decision-making were too much for the Stampeders’ defense, which was evident in his 54 rushing yards on top of the staggering 413 passing yards.
- Vernon Adams Jr.: 28/39 for 413 yards, 2 TDs
- Keon Hatcher: 9 receptions for 195 yards, 1 TD
- Jevon Cottoy: 6 receptions for 63 yards, 1 TD
Defensive Impact Makers:
- Josh Woods: 11 tackles
- T.J. Lee: 5 tackles, 1 knockdown
The synergy between BC’s offense and defense was palpable, as they turned over the ball less and capitalized on key plays, like Garry Peters’ interception and Marcus Sayles’ clutch pick, which added momentum to their drive.
In the CFL Scores and Standings
The Lions’ triumph has not only etched their names into the CFL scores of this week but has also significantly impacted the CFL standings, positioning them as a formidable force en route to the coveted Grey Cup.
As the BC Lions prepare to face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, they carry not just the confidence from this win but also the strategic advantage of a well-rounded team that excels on both ends of the game. The Calgary Stampeders, while facing the end of their season, can reflect on the heart and skill they brought to the field, setting the foundation for what’s to come in their next campaign.
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