EDMONTON -- Travis Lulay threw touchdown passes to three different receivers, as the Lions cruised past the Eskimos 24-16in pre-season action at Commonwealth Stadium.
Thursday night’s matchup marked the final pre-season outing for both teams.
Last week, the Lions picked up right where they left off in 2011 with a dominating win over the Roughriders, while the Esks dropped a close decision to their provincial rivals in Calgary.
By the Numbers - Lions offence roars past Esks D
Travis Lulay: 15-21, 3 TD, 0 INT
Kierrie Johnson: 5 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD
Arland Bruce: 3 REC, 48 YDS, 1 TD
Geroy Simon: 2 REC, 27 YDS, 1 TD
Shawn Gore: 3 REC, 31 YDS, 1 RUN, 31 YDS
B.C. won the opening coin toss and opted to receive, with Tim Brown fielding the game’s opening kickoff by Grant Shaw.
Making his second on-field appearance since hoisting the Grey Cup last November, QB Travis Lulay orchestrated a solid first drive from scrimmage, marching 86 yards downfield on nine plays to find veteran receiver Geroy Simon for the major score.
Paul McCallum would connect on the convert, giving the Lions a 7-0 lead.
Hoping to answer on their own opening possession, the home-town Eskimos would take over from their 46-yard line with Steven Jyles under centre.
Jyles, making his first appearance in Green and Gold since being acquired in the Ricky Ray trade during the off-season, would be unable to match Lulay’s efforts, with Burke Dales ultimately forced to punt it away on third down.
The Esks would get on the board midway through the opening frame. After Jyles was once again unable to generate any traction offensively, Dales’ third-down punt sailed into the endzone for a single, cutting the Lions’ lead to six.
While the Edmonton offence continued to show very few signs of life, the defence continued to hold a dangerous BC offence at bay, highlighted by a Kommonyan Quaye sack on Lulay.
However, the sack wouldn’t translate to any momentum on the offensive side of the ball, with Dales forced to boot his third punt of the half.
With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, the Esks would insert Kerry Joseph into the game to take over the offence.
Jyles would exit the game with four completions for 53 yards and no touchdowns.