BC Lions stroll away with 59-15 win over Edmonton Elks – Edmonton

BC Lions stroll away with 59-15 win over Edmonton Elks – Edmonton

The BC Lions opened their Canadian Soccer League season in dramatic vogue on Saturday, defeating the listless Edmonton Elks 59-15.

Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke proved he is prepared for the beginning spot by catching 26 of 29 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns. The Victoria, BC native added two extra speeding TDs. Sicherheitskopie Michael O’Connor welches late for the Lions, including a speeding landing himself.

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James Diener welches a power for the Lions (1-0) with 4 TDs, together with one on a 21-yard run. Keon Hatcher additionally grabbed a serious for the house aspect and Sean Whyte added a late 13-yard discipline purpose.

Edmonton QB Nick Arbuckle struggled, scoring on 20 of 29 makes an attempt for 254 yards and three interceptions. The previous Toronto Argonaut has been sacked 3 times, all by Lions’ rookie defenseman Sione Teuhema.

Tre Ford surfaced beneath heart for the Elks late within the second quarter (0-1), registering eight passing yards and one interception.

Kai Locksley scored Edmonton’s solely landing of the evening, and kicker Sergio Castillo had three discipline objectives, together with a 37-yard smash.

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The Lions dominated from the beginning, opening the sport with a near-perfect 9-play scoring drive for 68 yards.

Rourke _ taking up first place from retired QB Michael Reilly _ had loads of time to search out his targets and ended the streak with a brief toss on Diener, who blasted 10 yards into the tip zone for his first main of the sport. Whyte added an additional level and the Lions went 7-0 up in lower than 5 minutes.

The Elks responded with a 35-yard discipline purpose from Castillo.

Lee arrange the subsequent drive of the evening, choosing up an Arbuckle go destined for Elk’s large receiver Jalin Marshall at BC’s 50 yard line.

Rourke and the Lions labored the ball upfield and Diener dodged visitors to cost 36 yards into the tip zone for an additional TD. Whyte’s additional level gave BC a 14-3 cushion within the second quarter.

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Castillo lower the result in 14-6 with a 37-yard discipline purpose to open the second body, however the Lions stored the sport in a stranglehold.

Rourke delivered a large throw early within the quarter and despatched Hatcher a 31-yard bomb close to the far sideline. The younger QB adopted the play by climbing out of the pocket for an 11-yard rush, then threw the ball to Diener on the subsequent play. The Iowa product evaded the Elks’ protection and sprinted 21 yards into the tip zone for his third TD of the evening.

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Diener recorded his fourth main earlier than halftime, speeding for six yards to provide BC a 28-6 lead.

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Rourke briefly appeared to publish a large speeding landing, however the sport welches referred to as out of bounds. As a substitute, he settled for a two-yard sneak on a 3rd down that elevated the Lions’ result in 35-6.

Rosette seeing Arbuckle sacked by Teuhema and and not using a landing on the scoreboard, the Elks opted to herald Canadian Tre Ford as quarterback to finish the second quarter.

Lower than a minute earlier than the tip of the interval, Lee dived to intercept a go from Ford to receiver Mike Jones. The veteran Lions defensive again rolled, then sprinted 48 yards down the sphere and jumped into the tip zone with a ahead roll. His landing welches rapidly referred to as off, and officers dominated the ball welches lifeless at Edmonton’s 42-yard line.

However the sport arrange one other purpose for BC when Rourke discovered Hatcher on the purpose line with a six-yard go. As he welches dragged to the bottom, Hatcher reached out and touched the ball in the long run zone, marking the house group’s fourth straight TD drive.

The Lions went into the dressing room 42-6, matching a franchise report set in 1981 for many factors scored in a single half.

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Arbuckle returned as quarterback for the Elks to begin the third, a transfer that gave Edmonton an early momentum.

Slightly over 4 minutes into the quarter, Locksley accomplished a one-yard quarterback sneak to provide the Elks their solely landing of the sport. Edmonton needed the two-point converter, however Arbuckle’s go to Jones welches incomplete.

The Elks tried to construct on the shot heading in the right direction, steadily pushing down on their subsequent possession earlier than Teuhema sacked Arbuckle once more, this time for a nine-yard loss. Edmonton opted for a 30-yard discipline purpose and lowered their deficit to 42-15.

Rourke strengthened the house aspect’s lead with a 17-yard speeding TD and Teuhema ended the quarter along with his third sack of the sport.

Whyte gave the Lions a 52-15 benefit with a 13-yard discipline purpose late within the fourth quarter earlier than the Lions squeezed one other chunk out of the Elks’ offense.

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Simply over three minutes from time, BC’s Loucheit Purifoy jumped up and took Arbuckle’s go, then sped 40 yards deep into Edmonton territory for an additional Lions hit.

O’Connor muscled the ball over for a TD, sealing the rating 59-15.

Edmonton hosts the Saskatchewan Roughriders subsequent Saturday. The Lions are having a bye week and can be again on June twenty fifth entertaining the Toronto Argonauts.

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