The BC Lions are making their first trip to Tim Hortons Field this season. The Lions have struggled so far and currently sit 1-6, last in the West Division. They’re coming off a bye, so they should be well rested for Saturday’s contest. There’s decent amount of storylines for the black and gold and they’ll all play a key role in securing another two points. These are the three keys for Ticats vs Lions
Simoni Lawrence returns
Simoni Lawrence served the second of his two game suspension last week against the Riders. The Ticats’ defence will undoubtedly get a boost from the star linebacker’s return both on the field and in terms of the leadership he brings.
Nick Shortill filled in admirably for Lawrence registering 18 tackles over both contests. Head Coach Orlondo Steinauer was impressed but not surprised by the Canadian linebacker’s performance.
“Shortill went in there and he played like a veteran. We didn’t ask him to replace Simoni, we asked him to go in there and play will linebacker.” Said Coach Steinauer. “He did it like a professional and he played it at times like an all-pro.”
Lawrence won’t be the only one returning to the Ticats lineup this week, Brandon Banks and Adrian Tracy will also be coming back after missing last week with injury.
Cameron Marshall debuts
The Ticats’ offence was dealt a big blow last week when Maleek Irons went down with an injury on the first offensive snap of the game. Sean Thomas Erlington also left Week 4’s contest in Montreal with an injury.
Next man up.
Cameron Marshall, who likely would have been competing with Thomas Erlington before he too went down with an injury in camp, will get his shot to be the starter. Anthony Coombs and Jackson Bennett will also factor into the running game.
Marshall spent the past two seasons in Saskatchewan after exploring his NFL opportunities. He also spent two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2014-15. He’s a capable runner who’s got CFL experience so he has plenty to offer the Ticats offence.
Get after Mike Reilly
BC has had trouble protecting their prized free agent signing. Reilly has been sacked 25 times already in their seven games. It won’t be getting any easier this week either. With Adrian Tracy and Simoni Lawrence returning, the Ticats front seven will have everyone healthy and ready to go.
They’ve been a force to be reckoned with too. Ja’Gared davis currently sits tied for fourth in the CFL with four sacks. Simoni Lawrence, Dylan Wynn, Adrian Tracy and Ted Laurent are all one behind him, with three each.
A solid defensive line and a shaky offensive line could lead to fireworks and a successful night in Tigertown. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday at Tim Hortons Field.