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BC crushes Blue Bombers
Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Thomas DeMarco completed 15-of-21 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for a score as the British Columbia Lions throttled the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 53-17, on Friday.
Andrew Harris rushed for 73 yards and a score and Nick Moore added a touchdown reception for the Lions (9-4), winners in three straight.
With the victory, B.C. tied the Calgary Stampeders for the top spot in the Western Conference standings with 18 points.
Max Hall was 14-for-24 passing for 169 yards, two touchdown and two interceptions and Clarence Denmark caught six passes for 118 yards and a pair of scores for the Blue Bombers (2-11), who have dropped three straight.
B.C. scored on the second play of the game as Adam Bighill scooped up a Will Ford fumble and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown.
Winnipeg responded with a touchdown on its next drive. A 16-yard completion to Rory Kohlert, coupled with a roughing the passer penalty, gave the Bombers the ball deep inside B.C. territory. Two plays later, Hall hit Denmark with a 13- yard touchdown strike to tie the game.
DeMarco connected with Moore for a 25-yard TD pass, and Paul McCallum picked up a single on the ensuing kickoff to give the Lions a 15-7 lead.
McCallum drilled a 34-yarder with 5 1/2 minutes gone in the second quarter, and Dante Marsh picked off Hall and returned it for a touchdown less than twice minutes later to make it a 25-7 game.
McCallum picked up another single on a punt with 2:01 left in the half, and Cord Parks returned an Akeem Foster fumble on the very next play for a touchdown to give B.C. a 33-7 lead.
Hall found Denmark for a 35-yard touchdown with just over one minute left in the half to make it 33-14 at the break.
DeMarco's 1-yard TD rush 4 1/2 minutes into the third made it 40-14 and Harris added a rushing score with 41 seconds remaining in the frame to make it 47-14.
McCallum added a pair of field goals in the fourth and Sandro DeAngelis booted one through from 30 yards out to account for the final difference.
B.C. forced six turnovers, while giving it away just once ... Moore led the Lions with 71 receiving yards ... Bighill had a team-high 10 tackles and one sack ... Ford was held to just 28 yards on 10 carries ... Henoc Muamba racked up a game-high 11 tackles for Winnipeg.
09/27 23:25:38 ET