July 1, 2022

Late REDBLACKS Rally Falls Just Short Against Bc

The Ottawa REDBLACKS are no doubt getting closer, but came just shy of their first win of the season, falling 34-31 to the BC Lions at TD Place.

Money Hunter was the star of the show, picking off upstart quarterback Nathan Rourke twice, while also recovering a fumble. The REDBLACKS turned in four rushing touchdowns; courtesy of a pair from Caleb Evans, as well as scores by William Powell, and Jeremiah Masoli.

The Lions got out to an early lead, when Rourke broke free for a 50-yard touchdown run on third and short, just over four minutes in.

A late quarter drive, engineered by big runs from Powell, and Terry Williams, extended into the second quarter’s opening minutes. Lewis Ward capped it off with a 35-yard field goal, and the REDBLACKS cut the lead to 7-3.

Another Ward field goal made it a 14-6 game, going into the second half, but the REDBLACKS — in their uniforms — came out of the gates red-hot.

Hunter nabbed his first of two picks on the night from Rourke, and Powell crashed home for a five-yard touchdown run. Evans converted on a quarterback sneak for the two-point conversion, and Ottawa tied the game at 14-14.

On the very next series, Hunter again picked off the Lions quarterback, and ran the ball down to the BC seven-yard line. Following a six-yard run by Masoli, the REDBLACKS quarterback snuck in a touchdown of his own, but Ottawa couldn’t convert on the point after try, and settled for a 20-14 lead.

It was short-lived, however, with Keon Hatcher breaking free down the field, and Rourke connecting with him for a 71-yard touchdown pass. Sean Whyte converted on the extra point, and the Lions held a one-point advantage.

BC kept the momentum rolling, thanks to a James Butler touchdown run, and the REDBLACKS found themselves trailing 28-20 heading into the fourth quarter.

On the Lions’ next possession, Justin Howell forced a fumble, and Hunter was credited with a recovery for knocking the ball out of bounds. Ward knocked through a field goal to cut the deficit to five, but not long after, a controversial major foul call on Ottawa saw the Lions cruise into field goal range, and take an eight-point lead once more.

Whyte’s final field goal of the night made it 34-23, but the REDBLACKS mounted a furious comeback in the game’s final minute. Masoli threw deep to the endzone for Darvin Adams, drawing a pass interference call, and Evans snuck in a touchdown from the one-yard line. Adams made good on a two-point catch, cutting the lead to three, but an Ottawa onside kick attempt was for naught, and the REDBLACKS fell 34-31.


  • Money Hunter ended the night with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
  • Darvin Adams paced Ottawa with 92 receiving yards.
  • Avery Williams led the REDBLACKS with seven tackles.
  • William Powell averaged 5.5 yards per carry, finishing with a touchdown

UP NEXT: The REDBLACKS are back on the road, taking on the Saskatchewan Roughriders next Friday, July 8, at 9:30pm ET.