Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. had his biggest game yet for the BC Lions on Friday night, propelling his team to a 34-19 win over the struggling Ottawa Redblacks .
Adams threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns — including his first for the Lions (10-4) — and completed 17 of 21 attempts despite being sacked five times.
Antonio Pipkin appeared in two more majors for a BC team that amassed 455 yards throughout the game.
It was another tough outing for the Redblacks (3-11) who repeatedly found their way into Lions territory only to see their last attempts thwarted.
Ottawa QB Nick Arbuckle threw for 363 yards, one touchdown and one interception as his team lost its third straight outing. He connected on 27 out of 36 attempts and was sacked once.
Kicker Lewis Ward was responsible for the majority of the Redblacks’ points, making four of five field goal attempts, including a 47-yard kick.
BC took an early lead on Friday night and steadily racked up points while holding Ottawa out of the end zone. The Rougenoirs finally broke through with less than two minutes on the game clock.
Arbuckle capped a nine-game drive with a seven-yard throw to Tevaun Smith, who ran two yards for the middle finger. A successful convert from Ward cut Ottawa’s deficit to 34-19.
The home defense got their first interception in three games midway through the final period when Gary Peters caught a pass from Arbuckle intended for Smith.
BC struggled to use possession and eventually kicked.
The Lions increased their advantage to 34-12 midway through the fourth when Pipkin ran into a quarterback for his second TD of the night.
The third quarter ended with a 27-12 lead for British Columbia after the two teams traded field goals.
Ward made attempts for 47 and 20 yards and Whyte sent an 11-yard kick through the goal posts.
The Lions lost a key element early in the third when receiver Lucky Whitehead was taken down along the goal line and injured his ankle. The speedster lay on the ground for several minutes before being slowly helped by a pair of trainers.
After receiving treatment, Whitehead briefly returned in the fourth before removing his pads and sitting on the sidelines.
With seconds remaining in the first half, Adams sent a 34-yard pass to Hatcher, putting BC in field goal position. Whyte completed the 43-yard kick and the Lions entered the locker room with a 24-6 lead.
The final minutes of the second quarter looked promising for the Redblacks, with the Lions taking two careless penalties that gave the visitors a first down at the BC 31-yard line.
Arbuckle capitalized, blasting a 19-yard pass to Justin Hardy before Ottawa took a 10-yard penalty. Ward capped off the drive with a 22-yard field goal to make it 21-6.
Pipkin hit the Lions’ third touchdown of the night earlier in the quarter.
Adams started things off with a 26-yard ball to Lucky Whitehead, then added a 35-yard throw to Dominique Rhymes that gave BC a first goal. The Rougenoirs stopped the first attempt, but on the second try, Pipkin took a quick run and stretched into the end zone for the middle finger.
The Lions were already leading 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.
With about two minutes remaining, Adams found Rhymes along the sideline with a 40-yard pass, then followed it up with a short throw to Butler. The running back went for 15 yards, the last with Ottawa’s Brandin Dandridge draped over his body as Butler crossed the goal line.
The Lions celebrated by making the ver.
The BC defense struggled to contain Ottawa at times in the first quarter and the Redblacks got a first down deep into Lions territory midway through the quarter.
Some defensive pressure and an offensive procedural penalty, however, prevented the visitors from entering the red zone. Instead, Lewis Ward completed a 12-yard field goal to put Ottawa on the board and cut BC’s lead to 7-3 with about five minutes left in the first quarter.
The Lions rushed for seven straight plays on their first possession, including a 24-yard dash by Adams. The QB capped off the practice with a 13-yard throw to Keon Hatcher in the end zone, scoring his first touchdown for BC.
The club acquired veteran QB from the Montreal Alouettes in late August after Canadian star Nathan Rourke underwent surgery for a foot injury.
The Lions will be back in action on October 8 when they visit the East Division leaders Toronto Argonauts. The Rouge et Noir will face the Alouettes in Montreal on October 10.