The B.C. Lions could have a home playoff date for the primary time in six years.
Keon Hatcher, James Butler and Antonio Pipkin all recorded touchdowns because the Lions earned a 31-14 CFL victory over the Edmonton Elks on Friday.
The Lions will end second within the CFL’s West Division — their report is 12-5 with one recreation left — incomes the precise to host their first playoff recreation since 2016 and simply their second since 2012.
“We acquired it carried out,” stated Lions head coach Rick Campbell. “Edmonton has performed lots of people robust and I used to be pleased with our guys for making the performs once they wanted to make them to win the sport.
“It was an enormous recreation for us to clinch home field. To get a home playoff recreation within the West Division is an enormous deal for us, so we’re enthusiastic about that. I’m excited for our followers who’ve been nice all yr. I’m glad we get to play yet one more time in entrance of them.”
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The horrific home drawback streak of losses for the Elks (4-14) will carry into the low season. Edmonton has now misplaced a CFL-record 17 consecutive video games at home courting again to 2019.
“We made so many errors that we ended up shedding a three-score recreation,” stated Elks head coach and normal supervisor Chris Jones. “So, I’d hope that that is not our greatest effort.”
The Elks could not have requested for a greater begin to the sport as Mike Dubuisson recovered a Lions’ fumble on the opening kickoff. Rookie Canadian quarterback Tre Ford was then capable of join on a seven-yard landing move to Dillon Mitchell with the sport simply over two minutes outdated.
B.C. began the second quarter with a 35-yard Sean Whyte field purpose.
The Leos made it 17-7 with 5 1/2 minutes to play within the second on a three-yard dashing main from Butler.
An errant Ford move was returned 40 yards on an interception by Marcus Sayles, resulting in a one-yard keeper by backup QB Pipkin.
Edmonton acquired again into the sport early within the third quarter as Donovan Olumba picked off an Adams move and introduced it again 54 yards, ultimately resulting in a one-yard plunge by backup Kai Locksley.
The Lions responded with a punt single and 36- and 37-yard Whyte field objectives coming off a pair of fumble recoveries to make it 31-14 to start out the fourth and held on from there.
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