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REDBLACKS, Lions set for cross-country clash

The Ottawa REDBLACKS are on the West Coast on Friday night, hoping to turn their fortunes around against the BC Lions.

The REDBLACKS are coming off a disappointing loss to the Toronto Argonauts last week, while the Lions are coming off a 21-16 loss to the Alouettes in Montreal and haven’t won a game since Week 1, a one-point win over the Argos.

Both opponents in Friday night’s game are search for answers, meaning it’s shaping up to be a battle between two hungry teams.

The Lions and REDBLACKS will square off once again next week when Ottawa hosts BC at TD Place on Saturday, September 21.

STORYLINES

  • Friday’s game marks QB Jonathon Jennings’ first trip back to BC Lions as a member of the REDBLACKS. Jennings spent four seasons with the Lions, from 2015 to 2018.
  • Also making a return to BC, though not for the first time, is REDBLACKS punter Richie Leone, who played for the Lions in 2015 and 2016 before coming to Ottawa.
  • REDBLACKS return man Stefan Logan, who had two stints with the Lions in his career, first played for BC in 2008. REDBLACKS offensive lineman Mark Korte was in the seventh grade that year.
  • Coach Joe Paopao was the quarterback for the BC Lions in the first-ever game played at BC Place back in 1983.
  • Ottawa and BC split the season series last year, with each team winning at home.

 

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION

The Lions have won just once so far this season, despite the signing of star QB Mike Reilly as a free agent this past off-season. Reilly has completed 229 of 343 passes for 2,667 yards and 10 touchdowns so far this year. His favourite targets have been Bryan Burnham, who has 55 receptions for 848 yards and four touchdowns, and Lemar Durant, who has 550 yards and four touchdowns on the year. Defensively, the Lions are led by linebacker Maleki Harris (46 tackles) and defensive back Garry Peters (44 tackles). Among former REDBLACKS on the Lions roster are kicker Sergio Castillo, long snapper Tanner Doll, receiver/returner Ryan Lankford, defensive linemen Shawn Lemon, Jonathan Newsome and quarterback Danny O’Brien.

 

GAME INFO

Ottawa REDBLACKS @ BC Lions | Week 14 – September 13, 2019

Kickoff – 10 p.m. EDT | BC Place

 

BROADCAST INFO

TV (EN): TSN | Web: TSN.ca/LIVE / TSN GO
TV: (Int’l): ESPN2 | BT Sport (UK/Ireland)
Radio (EN): TSN 1200 | TSN1200.ca
Radio (FR): fm 104,7 | FM1047.ca
Radio (Satellite): SiriusXM Canada Channel 167 (EN) and 174 (FR