So far as deriving everlasting truths out of win loopy win, nicely, Buono wasn’t about to go there. He was, in actual fact, extra targeted on Tuesday’s acquisition of working again Tyrell Sutton from Montreal than what had transpired over the weekend.
Bryan Burnham doesn’t keep in mind a lot in regards to the 15 minutes that may have modified the B.C. Lions season.
Oh, he remembers the noise. And the joy within the huddle. And the frenetic vitality in B.C. Place. However whenever you’re within the fireplace combat and the dwell ammunition is flying, there’s solely the following play and your project to consider.
“Guys had been targeted,” the Lions’ receiver mentioned on the crew’s apply facility in Surrey. “Everybody was excited however we had been excited as a result of we knew we had been going to win that recreation.”
The Lions, we remind you, had been down eight to Hamilton on Saturday evening with 9 seconds left in regulation time and the ball at their very own 51. Sure, this one was within the bag.
“You don’t understand it within the second however sitting again and excited about it, yeah (he affords a low whistle) that was loopy,” Burnham continued. “I believe the self-belief is there however this simply reinforces it. Have a look at what we are able to do. There’s nothing that’s not possible for this crew now.”
And should by no means be once more.
Three days after the very fact, the Lions reconvened in Surrey for Part 2 of their home-and-home collection with Hamilton on Saturday evening and whereas it’s unclear what’s going to occur in Steeltown this weekend, one factor is definite.
The 2 groups could have a helluva time following the Lions’ heart-stopping 35-32 additional time win at The Dome.
If you happen to missed it, the Coles Notes (do they nonetheless have Coles Notes?) model of that epic goes one thing like this. Down 14-Three at halftime and 20-11 halfway via the fourth quarter, the Leos got here again to take a 21-20 lead with slightly below three minutes left and coughed that up two performs afterward a 55-yard landing cross from Jeremiah Masoli to Mike Jones.
Then the actual enjoyable began. With 80 seconds left, the Lions turned the ball over on downs on their very own 40 however, with 59 seconds left, Ticats head coach June Jones eschewed a 44-yard subject purpose try that will have ended the sport and had Liram Hajrullahu punt the ball via the top zone for a rouge.
This should have appeared like a good suggestion on the time however, with 33 seconds left, Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings transformed one third-down to midfield then, with 9 seconds left, speared Shaq Johnson with a 39-yard strike to the Hamilton 20.
From there, Jennings discovered Burnham for his second landing of the sport earlier than Burnham made an insane catch on the sidelines for the two-point conversion, tapping his toe simply inbounds, a indisputable fact that was decided after a prolonged video overview as a result of this recreation wanted extra drama.
The Leos would go on to win on Ty Lengthy’s second subject purpose in additional time — extra humorous stuff occurred however we don’t have the time to get into all of it — they usually now sit 6-6 on the season, abruptly in charge of their very own playoff future.
However what do they do for an encore after Saturday evening? That query is sort of as attention-grabbing as these closing 30 seconds of regulation.
“There have been sure guys who didn’t imagine,” mentioned Lions particular groups coach Jeff Reinbold. “You would see it of their eyes.
“However there was one other group who did imagine and that’s the lesson. Something is feasible, particularly within the CFL. As inconceivable as that end was, it occurred. It’s a deposit of their confidence financial institution that they will face that type of adversity.”
No less than it ought to as a result of there have been any variety of positives to take out of that recreation. Principal amongst them was the efficiency of Jennings, who adopted up a meh first half with a dynamic second half through which he threw three landing passes and the majority of his 347 passing yards on the evening. The defence, in the meantime, was gashed for 2 lengthy touchdowns to Jones however sacked Masoli 5 instances, together with three by deal with Davon Coleman. Lengthy, lastly, was four-for-four on subject objectives, together with a 51-yarder as he quietly continues a lights-out season.
But when we’ve discovered something about this Lions’ crew, we’ve discovered, to borrow a phrase from the inventory market, previous efficiency just isn’t a sign of future outcomes. The Lions have given themselves an opportunity in Wally Buono’s final season as head coach however, as offensive coordinator Jarious Jackson mentioned: “If we exit and lay an egg (on Saturday) it doesn’t imply a factor.”
Nonetheless, it was instructive to listen to Buono’s response to the win. The previous Lion appreciated what it mentioned about his crew’s toughness and resiliency. He added Saturday evening wasn’t the primary time this season the Lions have demonstrated these traits.
However so far as deriving everlasting truths out of win loopy win, nicely, Buono wasn’t about to go there. He was, in actual fact, extra targeted on Tuesday’s acquisition of working again Tyrell Sutton from Montreal than what had transpired over the weekend.
“You wish to put that win behind you,” he mentioned. “It’s one other week. This (upcoming) recreation is extra important for each groups. If you happen to dwell up to now, it’ll swallow you up.
“We’re targeted on being means higher than we had been.”
Which is perhaps a extra sensible purpose than successful one other one the way in which they did on Saturday evening.
B.C. Lions vs. Hamilton Tiger Cats
1 p.m., Tim Hortons Discipline.