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Pre-Season Recap: Saskatchewan 10, B.C. 44

VANCOUVER -- It appears as though Mike Reilly has cemented his spot as Travis Lulay’s backup.

Reilly completed 16 of 24 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns in just over two quarters of work as the Lions routed the Roughriders 44-10 in pre-season action.

The Lions got the ball rolling on their opening drive, thanks to a 20-yard field goal by reining Most Outstanding Canadian Paul McCallum.

McCallum’s kick capped off an impressive first drive by the Lions, one that saw the Lions trek 56 yards downfield.

The first quarter saw Darian Durant and the Rider offence struggle, as the unit went two-and-out on their first two drives.

The Lions added to their lead with just over a minute remaining in the opening frame, with McCallum connecting on his second field goal of the quarter, this time from 28 yards out.

The second quarter saw more of the same from the always dangerous Lions offence.  

With Lulay on the bench, Reilly completed a nine-yard pass to Canadian receiver Shawn Gore in the endzone, increasing B.C.’s lead to 13.

With Durant also on the sidelines, CFL rookie J.T. O’Sullivan led the Riders on a drive that was capped off with a 44-yard Chris Milo field goal, cutting B.C.’s lead to 10.

However, Reilly struck again with under one minute remaining, finding receiver Nick Moore in the endzone for the score.

With Levi Brown now under centre for Saskatchewan, the Riders hoped to begin generating some sort of traction on the offensive side of the ball.

However, an errant pass from Brown resulted in an interception by Lions linebacker Adam Bighill, who returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.

Eight minutes later, Reilly tossed his third major of the day, finding Moore once again for a 30-yard touchdown.

With just over four minutes remaining in the game, the Riders finally garnered some traction offensively. With Drew Willy under centre, the Rider offence put together a 15-play, 76-yard drive that was capped off with a three-yard TD pass from Willy to receiver Jason Chery.

But with 25 seconds remaining in the final frame, Andrew Harris punched one in from two yards out, increasing B.C.'s lead to a final score of 44-10.

Fan Comments
I'm impressed with the effort, but there is a long way to go. Keep it up Lions!!!
June 16, 2012 - 12:18am
Funny everyone judging the riders, saying they aren't going to be any good, after ONE preseason game. Ridiculous. BC lost both their preseason games by around 20-30 points last year AND the first five games of the season, plenty of football left, these games mean nothing except to test rookie talent and help with cut-decisions.
June 15, 2012 - 6:50pm
Riders668907 -- Hate to break this to you but the Lions won both exhibition games lastg year by a combined 58 - 6 score. That included a 24 - 0 shut out over Calgary.
June 16, 2012 - 12:17am
Reilly played like a Lulay Clone. If Lualy were to go down the Lions would not have to change a thing on offense. As for all the comments about him paying against second team players he dominated them like a starter.
June 15, 2012 - 1:06am
Lions start the season where they left off. Riders still have work to do. It really is no suprise that they Lions won as they played most of their starters for the first quarter where the riders were missing most of theirs.
June 14, 2012 - 1:39pm
als rule
green still have plenty of work to do yet. hopefully HC chamblin gets more time then HC marshall did. orange as a veteran team will look better in TC then the green but could get quite a run for their money in the regular by the horses.
June 14, 2012 - 10:52am
Have to say that Reilly looked impressive in his backup role. Can certainly see now why they released Jackson.
June 14, 2012 - 10:29am
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TFmcb: jackson`s release was nothing to do with reilly per wallyworld.
June 14, 2012 - 2:06pm
All the teams have exiting new players, EXCEPT the broadcast team. What have TSN announcers done to improve THEIR game(calling)? Nothing! What has TSN done to improve the quality of the commentators? Nothing! The ONLY thing I like better about the No Fun League is their commentators. Our guys need a shake up, big time!!
June 14, 2012 - 9:22am
als rule
GC2010: absolutely 100% correct. where`s gord miller. rod black is a disaster and I hate watching and listening to him. so turn of his voice and listen to the home team`s radio broadcast on my computer while watch TSN on my TV.
June 14, 2012 - 2:04pm
I'm a fan of Durant BUT last night Drew Willy was our best QB. O'Sullivan looked OK too. I hope Durant comes back but it's nice to see some alternatives. Durant might just need a ride on the bench for a game or two in the regular season to wake him up. Also pleased to see some new talent at running back, D-line & receiver. Chamblin was right to play the new guys rather than trying for a pointless win; that's what the preseason is for.
June 14, 2012 - 9:17am
Actually I thought Riders looked like they still have a long way to go to be competitive, while the GC champs looked like they haven't missed a step!
June 14, 2012 - 11:34am
als rule
GC2010: if DD has to sit on the pine THEN he doesn`t belong with the RRs any longer.
June 14, 2012 - 1:50pm
Reilly did good but he didn t have to face hardly 1 single starter.Rookie backfield, and D against A bruce, geroy, and the starting offence? cmon i woulda looked good. no one can judge by that game. Same with offence, all rookies accept the o line that gave up 1 sack. Wait till week 1 tabby, you ll be embarrassed.
June 14, 2012 - 8:38pm