B.C. Lions’ Bryan Burnham (16) dives across the goal line to score a touchdown in front of Toronto Argonauts’ Trumaine Washington, back, after making a reception during first half CFL football action in Vancouver, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Reilly tosses 5 TDs as B.C. Lions crush Argos 55-8

Red-hot Leos keep faint playoff hopes alive

VANCOUVER — Bryan Burnham had three touchdowns and his B.C. Lions trounced the Toronto Argonauts 55-8 Saturday.

The loss officially eliminates the Argos (2-12) from playoff contention, while keeping the Lions’ (5-10) faint hope for a post-season berth alive.

Burnham tallied 145 receiving yards in the effort and B.C. quarterback Mike Reilly threw for 276 yards, including five touchdowns. Danny O’Brien came in to relieve Reilly midway through the fourth quarter, adding seven passing yards.

Argos quarterback James Franklin completed 6-of-9 attempts for 32 yards with an interception. He was replaced by McLeod Bethel-Thompson in the third quarter, who connected on 9-of-14 attempts for 94 yards, including a touchdown.

B.C. dominated offensively, allowing Toronto just 167 offensive yards and 16:36 in possession time.

Bungled offensive plays plagued Toronto throughout the game, starting on the Argos’ first drive of the night when Lions defensive lineman Jonathan Newsome knocked down Franklin’s first pass.

The ball bounced to B.C.’s T.J. Lee, who returned it 11 yards.

The Leos capitalized on the opportunity, with Reilly getting a 14-yard toss to Burnham. The receiver stretched into the end zone for the first touchdown of the night.

Toronto fumbled the ball away again minutes later and B.C.’s Gary Peters ended up with it at the bottom of a heap.

Reilly completed the ensuing drive, sending a long pass into the end zone where Burnham, under pressure from a pair of Argos defenders, made a one-armed catch and managed to keep a foot on the field to chalk up another major strike.

The dynamic duo collaborated once about midway through the second quarter, with the quarterback sending a 38-yard pass to Burnham along the sidelines on a second down.

The play broke open another scoring opportunity for the Leos and backup pivot O’Brien finished off the 11-play, 81-yard drive, smuggling through a crowd and into the end zone for his first-ever CFL rushing touchdown.

Toronto gave up yet another chance before the end of the half. Running back Chris Rainey appeared to get a short pass off to receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. in the Lions’ end but B.C.’s Jamel Lyles recovered the ball instead, giving his team an opportunity to set up along the goal line.

O’Brien bulldozed his way through traffic but the play was called back on a penalty.

Sergio Castillo went for a 32-yard field goal instead. His successful kick put the Lions up 34-0 going into the half.

The kicker made both of his field goal attempts on Saturday and added six single-point converts for the Lions.

B.C. widened the lead just over six minutes into the third quarter when Reilly found Shaq Johnson deep in the end zone. Despite having Toronto’s Trumaine Washington draped all over him, Johnson caught the 21-yard toss to add another major strike to the Lions’ tally.

Another unbelievable catch from Burnham increased the lead yet again with less than three minutes to go in the third.

Reilly sent a 31-yard bomb sailing deep into scoring territory. The ball bounced in Burnham’s hands but the receiver managed to recover it and hold it tight before hitting the turf.

His teammate Duron Carter celebrated by bowing at Burnham’s feat.

The touchdown put the Lions up 48-0 at the end of the frame — the largest lead the club has ever had heading into a fourth quarter.

READ MORE: Reilly leads B.C. Lions to gritty 25-23 win over Alouettes

But B.C. wasn’t content with the advantage and kept pressing.

Just over seven minutes into the fourth, the Lions completed another scoring drive with Reilly sending a 25-yard toss to Carter just inside the sidelines in the Argos’ end zone.

Toronto’s only points of the game came with just six seconds left on the clock when Amanti Edwards caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Bethel-Thompson.

The receiver also caught a three-yard toss for the two-point conversion.

The Argos will be back in Toronto next week, hosting the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday. The Lions will head to Edmonton to battle the Eskimos on Saturday.

NOTES: B.C. has won four games in a row, marking the first time since 2017 that the team has accomplished the feat. … Lions receiver Benjamin Plu saw his first CFL action. The 25-year-old from Le Mans, France, was picked by B.C. in the league’s first-ever European draft in April.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

CFL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Community is amazing’: Williams Lake woman organizes drive-by birthdays

With self-isolation the norm due to COVID-19 children are missing out

Much of the Cariboo under open fire ban due to COVID-19

‘No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires’

‘Big appreciation sound-off’ planned to honour Williams Lake health care providers

The parade will begin at 7 p.m. going through the Cariboo Memorial Hospital parking lot

COVID-19: Triage tent going up outside of Cariboo Memorial Hospital

Patients will be met outside of the hospital

Interior Health officials outline pandemic response in virtual town hall

Kelowna-Lake County MLA Norm Letnick moderates digital discussion, Q&A with Interior Health leadership

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

Experts weigh in on best handling of groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

Study suggests the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic

COVID-19 world update: Enforceable quarantine in NYC?; France orders 1 billion masks

Spain warns EU’s future at stake; New York governor calls Trump’s idea ‘federal declaration of war

Earth Hour 2020 kicks off online Saturday night

Action moves online due to COVID-19

B.C. COVID-19 cases rise 92 to 884, one more death, 81 in care

Outbreak action underway in 12 long-term care homes

B.C. veterinarians want to smooth the fur of COVID-19-worried pet owners

Vets expect to continue giving your fur buddies the help they need while social distancing

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis

Most Read