BC Lions win on two TDs from Mike Reilly to spoil Redblacks’ house opener


OTTAWA — The B.C. Lions spoiled the Ottawa Redblacks’ house opener with a 24-12 win at TD Place.

Saturday’s recreation marked the primary at TD Place in 667 days and there was a celebratory feeling from the followers readily available, regardless of the disappointing consequence on the sector.

The sport additionally marked the return of Rick Campbell, the Lions’ new head coach, who spent 5 seasons main the Redblacks earlier than selecting to step down in Nov. 2019.

Mike Reilly completed the sport 23 for 32 for 301 yards with two touchdowns to assist the Lions enhance to 2-2-0, whereas the Redblacks fell to 1-2-0 with Matt Nichols going 23 for 37 for 206 yards.

Each groups left rather a lot to be desired offensively and relied on their respective discipline aim kickers.

Lewis Ward picked up all 12 of Ottawa’s factors.

With the rain pouring down, Reilly was in a position to join with Jevon Cottoy for a 46-yard landing cross to increase the Lions’ result in 22-12 early within the fourth and ship most of the Redblacks devoted to the exits.

Ottawa went on to concede two singles as footing grew to become troublesome within the rain.

B.C.’s Jimmy Camacho gave the Lions a 15-6 lead early within the third quarter, however Ward responded with 47- and 38-yard kicks of his personal to make it 15-12 and hold the Redblacks shut.

A late landing allowed the Lions to finish the half main 12-6.

With B.C in scoring territory, Ottawa’s Randall Evans was known as for cross interference, placing the Lions on the one-yard line. On the following play, Reilly punched within the first TD of the sport.

Down 12-3 the Redblacks managed to shut the hole with a 48-yard discipline aim by Ward.

The 2 groups exchanged discipline objectives within the first quarter to tie the sport 3-3.

Down 3-0 Ottawa had a terrific alternative to take the lead, however noticed its drive stalled on the 10-yard line and settled for a discipline aim.

The Redblacks could have a fast turnaround as they host the Montreal Alouettes Sept. 3.

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