Adams Jr. rushes for 3 TDs to elevate Lions over Stampeders for West last berth

Simply over two weeks after the Calgary Stampeders ended the Lions’ common season with a blowout victory, B.C. roared again within the CFL’s West semifinal.

Vernon Adams Jr. scrambled, threw and punched in touchdowns for the Lions on Saturday evening, as B.C. beat Calgary 41-30 in Vancouver.

The Pasadena, Calif., quarterback completed 28 of 39, throwing for 413 yards and two touchdowns along with the three he scored himself.

“After I use my ft a bit bit, I am extra into the sport. I can prolong performs and scramble and throw to guys down the sector,” he mentioned. “It opens the sport up a bit bit extra. The defence has to play a bit extra trustworthy.”

Making solely his second begin within the playoffs, Adams spoke through the week of trying previous the regular-season setback.

“I did not have the very best observe week and I used to be a bit annoyed, however I used to be locked into my preparation and trusting the method,” he mentioned.

The Stampeders opened the scoring on their opening possession of the sport, operating three performs with quarterback Jake Maier connecting with a large open Marken Michel.

However the Lions responded, and derailed Calgary’s momentum, with a Garry Peters interception, organising Adams for a landing drive by discovering an open Jevon Cottoy at 4:58 within the first quarter.

Lions head coach Rick Campbell mentioned he was happy with how his crew responded after falling behind early within the sport.

“We had been higher with our poise tonight,” Campbell mentioned. “And when one thing did not go our approach, like the beginning of the sport, we weren’t blaming or pointing fingers or stuff.

“That was higher from our standpoint and we will want that going ahead to play a crew like Winnipeg.”

B.C. constructed a 15 level lead by halftime with Adams twice speeding for touchdowns because the Stampeders’ zone defence struggled to restrict deep throws to receivers Cottoy, Keon Hatcher and Dominique Rhymes.

Hatcher completed the sport with 195 receiving yards and one landing.

“It was a sluggish begin, they got here out type of quick on us and we might’ve bickered,” Hatcher mentioned. “However no one did that. All of us had one aim tonight and that was to get a win, irrespective of the way it took place.”

‘We fired each bullet we might’

The Stampeders struggled to discover a rhythm within the second half, with Maier scoring his second landing of the sport with simply over a minute left within the fourth quarter.

Maier completed 23 of 34, throwing for 304 yards and two touchdowns together with two interceptions.

“We fired each bullet we might and the higher crew received. As a competitor we gave it actually every part we had,” Maier mentioned after the sport.

Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson agreed along with his quarterback, including he tried each play he might consider to generate momentum on offence.

“We simply could not defensively cease them,” he mentioned. “We could not actually reel them in. They only stored scoring and scoring and that was powerful.”

The Lions added two discipline objectives and a 3rd, and last, landing rush from Adams to shut out the win.

B.C. will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers within the West last on Remembrance Day within the Manitoba capital.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *