Canadian Football League

Sunday, July 24, 2005

B.C. still undefeated in Canadian Football League

There were five lead changes, but when the final whistle blew the B.C. Lions were still undefeated and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats winless.
B.C. trailed by nine in the second quarter before piecing together a comeback and taking the lead for good late in the third in a 28-22 victory over Hamilton on Saturday night.
The Lions improved to 4-0, while the Ticats fell to 0-4.
''I felt like we definitely had a war and a battle,'' said B.C. quarterback Dave Dickenson, who completed 26 of 34 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. ''They played hard and actually played well all year long ... I thought the game didn't go smoothly, but when we needed to, we stepped up and made plays.

''We're battling. I don't feel like we're clicking and putting it to many teams, but we've had to come back and win some games. We feel all the tools are there and to be 4-0 it's definitely a great start.''

B.C. kicker Duncan O'Mahony was successful on all four of his field goal attempts from 17, 29, 36 and 45 yards out. Jamie Boreham was 5-for-5 for Hamilton, hitting from 46, 25, 24, 33 and 18 yards.
Jason Clermont and Paris Jackson scored touchdowns for the Lions on 20- and 12-yard passes, respectively.
Troy Davis scored Hamilton's lone touchdown with a two-yard run.
Danny McManus completed 16 of 32 passes for 221 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns in front of 27,692 at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
''I think we have to play at a higher level,'' said Lions head coach Wally Buono. ''When we play the teams with a lot of fire power, we can't be sputtering as much as we're sputtering right now.''
Hamilton coach Greg Marshall gave much of the credit to Dickenson.
''Dave Dickenson is as good as it gets,'' he said. ''He (can be) stopped for a while, but he'll find a way. He's very smart and a tough competitor. I think that's probably the biggest (reason for the win).''
When asked how his team can rebound from such a dismal start, Marshall responded: ''Just keep pulling the trigger. Don't get down. It's hard.''
O'Mahony hit a 36-yard field goal midway through the third to pull B.C. to within 19-16 and the Lions took a 23-19 lead with 3:38 left in the quarter when Dickenson hit Jackson wide right for a touchdown. The TD was set up by Mark Washington's interception and 39-yard return to the Hamilton nine-yard line. A Lions penalty on the play moved the ball back to the 24.
Boreham's 18-yarder pulled the Ticats to 23-22 to start the fourth quarter.
Rob Hitchcock stripped the ball from B.C.'s Antonio Warren and Chris Martin recovered it at the Hamilton 14-yard line. But the Ticats couldn't capitalize on the turnover and Boreham ended up conceding a safety on the punt as B.C. went up 25-22 with seven minutes left.
O'Mahony hit a 45-yard field goal attempt with 54 seconds left to make it 28-22, and then Sam Young intercepted a McManus pass at the B.C. 28-yard line to seal the victory.
The Ticats were up 19-13 at the half, due mostly to Boreham's four field goals. Two of them came after Hamilton's D.J. Flick had touchdown receptions called back on his own penalties.
Late in the first quarter, a 26-yard pass from McManus to Flick was called back when the receiver was offside. Midway through the second quarter, a seven-yard touchdown pass was nullified when Flick was nabbed for pushing off Dante Marsh.
Davis finally scored for the Ticats on a two-yard jump over the top of the pile with less than a minute left in the half, set up by Jason Goss' 40-yard interception return to the B.C. 25-yard line three plays earlier.
Clermont caught a 20-yard pass from Dickenson in the first quarter for a 7-3 B.C. lead and O'Mahony hit from 17 yards out with five minutes left in the half and then from 29 yards out with two seconds left.


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