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              === BC thumps Edmonton, secures top spot in West ===
 
 Vancouver,  BC (Sports Network) - Mike Reilly threw a pair of touchdown passes
 and  Paul  McCallum connected on six  field goals to lead the British Columbia
 Lions past the Edmonton Eskimos, 39-19, on Friday.
 
 Reilly,  who was  making his first career  start in place of an injured Travis
 Lulay,  completed  19-of-28 passes for  276 yards  and an interception for the
 Lions (12-4), who clinched the top spot in the Western Division.
 
 Nick  Moore had five  receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown, while Tim Brown
 finished  with 50  rushing yards  and a  score on  four carries  and added  34
 yards                                  on                                  two
 catches in the win.
 
 Kerry  Joseph threw for 146 yards with a touchdown and an interception on just
 6-of-24 passing for Edmonton (7-9), which had its two-game win streak snapped.
 
 The   Eskimos'   Cary  Koch   paced  all   receivers  with   72  yards  and  a
 touchdown  on  three receptions.
 
 British  Columbia  held a 16-10  lead entering  the third quarter and McCallum
 connected on a 44-yard field goal on the Lions' second possession of the frame
 to extend BC's lead.
 
 McCallum  conceded a safety on the Lions' next touch by running out of the end
 zone  on a punt attempt at his own goal line to make it a 19-12 game with 5:56
 left in the third.
 
 Edmonton  started  a drive  at its  own 28  after the  teams traded punts, and
 Joseph  kept  the possession alive by  converting a 2nd-and-10 with an 18-yard
 scramble  before  capping the  6-play, 82-yard march  with a 19-yard touchdown
 pass  to Koch, who tipped the ball away from a leaping defender before turning
 around  and  corralling the ball as  he fell to  the ground, tying the game at
 19-19 with 13:55 remaining in the contest.
 
 The  tie was short-lived, however, as Reilly found Moore for a 20-yard gain on
 the  Lions' ensuing  possession to  move  the ball  past midfield  and set  up
 McCallum's 40-yard field goal.
 
 The  Lions  added to their advantage  on their next touch, as British Columbia
 started its drive at the Edmonton 42 and took advantage of the favorable field
 position  with  a 4-play trek capped  by Moore's 9-yard reception in the right
 side of the end zone.
 
 Ryan  Phillips intercepted Joseph on the Esks' next offensive play and Harris'
 13-yard  run preceded  a 42-yard field goal  by McCallum for a 32-19 lead with
 just over three minutes left to play.
 
 Joseph  was then  sacked by Brandon Jordan  on a 3rd-and-18 at the Edmonton 27
 and  Brown reeled  off a 23-yard score on  a run off the left side on the next
 play to cap the scoring.
 
 Reilly  opened  the game with  a 6-yard completion  to Ernest Jackson, but was
 intercepted  on the next  play by JC Sherritt, who returned it 27 yards to the
 Lions' 17-yard line.
 
 Edmonton, though, lost 10 yards on the possession and was forced to settle for
 Grant Shaw's 34-yard field goal.
 
 Reilly  atoned  for his early  mistake on  British Columbia's ensuing drive by
 hitting  Akeem Foster deep down the right sideline for a 47-yard gain. After a
 personal  foul penalty  on Edmonton during an incomplete second-down pass gave
 the  Lions a  new set  of  downs at  the  Eskimos' 11,  Reilly connected  with
 Courtney Taylor for an 11-yard touchdown.
 
 Edmonton later took over on offense at its own 47 following a series of punts,
 and  a 46-yard catch-and-run  over the middle by Koch set up a 24-yard kick by
 Shaw to knot the game at 7-7.
 
 The  teams then traded  a 38-yard field goal by McCallum and a 47-yard kick by
 Shaw  over  the next two  possessions of  the game to  make it a 10-10 contest
 early in the second quarter.
 
 British Columbia regained the ball at its own 25 following a punt by each team
 and Reilly reeled off an 18-yard run before finding Moore and Foster for gains
 of  26 and 21 yards, respectively, to move as far as the Edmonton 3-yard line.
 The  Lions  could  not push  the  ball  across  the  goal line,  however,  and
 McCallum's  11-yard field  goal gave BC a 13-10 advantage with just over three
 minutes left in the half.
 
 The Eskimos managed just one first down on their next touch and Brown raced up
 the  middle  for a 52-yard  punt return, resulting in  a 48-yard field goal by
 McCallum for a 16-10 edge at the break.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Lions have now won seven of their eight home games this season ... Foster
 finished  with  68 yards on two  receptions ... British Columbia racked up 404
 yards  of  offense, while Edmonton  finished with 238  ... Hugh Charles had 35
 yards on seven carries for the Eskimos .. Lions coach Mike Benevides set a new
 team  record  for wins as a  first-year coach with the victory, surpassing the
 previous mark of 11 shared by Wally Buono, Don Matthews and Bob O'Billovich.
 
 10/20 01:25:49 ET

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