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VANCOUVER – Emmanuel Arceneaux is back.

After missing parts of training camp and the first few weeks of the season, the Lions’ go-to receiver was nothing short of a force, hauling in three touchdown passes in a dominant 41-5 BC win over the Montreal Alouettes.

Arceneaux finished the day with 8 receptions for 145 yards .  He, along with a stout BC defence helped avenge a Week 2 loss to the Als.

In fact BC’s defence was so good, Troy Smith simply did not have an answer – finishing just 5 of 17 for 45 yards and one interception.

For a pair of teams that only meet twice a year, they have certainly built up a rivalry in short order in 2014.  A Week 2 meeting saw the Alouettes hand the Lions a one-sided 24-9 loss which led to some belief that Montreal had run up the score.  

The fireworks started early – in fact before warm-ups even began.  With players going through their early-out routines and stretches, an argument broke out between Alouettes DB Mike Edem and Lions DL Khreem Smith.  The two jawed back-and-fourth before it appeared that Smith attempted to throw a punch just prior to the two being separated.

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With Travis Lulay still on the shelf until Week 7, Kevin Glenn made the start again under centre and got a personal accolade out of the way early.  On the second play from scrimmage, Glenn completed a 14-yard pass to Courtney Taylor, who sat down underneath the Als coverage.  The gain put Glenn up over 40,000 yards passing on a career which has spanned 14 years.

Following Taylor’s reception, Glenn handed off to Andrew Harris who powered down the sidelines, breaking a tackle and setting up a 30-yard Paul McCallum field goal to open up the scoring.

Harris, who was relatively quiet when the season began, carried the Lions last week in their win over Saskatchewan to the tune of 200+ yards from scrimmage.

Harris finished with another impressive stat line with over 140 yards  from scrimmage and a touchdown.

After the Leos forced Alouettes Smith to a two-and-out, Glenn went back to work, finding Taylor, Ernest Jackson and Shawn Gore before looking deep for Arceneaux.  The Lions’ big-play receiver hauled in a tough catch and stepped into the endzone for a 35-yard touchdown.  Arcenueax’s first major of the year gave the Lions a quick 10-0 lead.

With all the momentum on BC’s side, the Als promptly responded with a solid ground attack.  Running back Brandon Whitaker took a pair of handoffs for a combined 41 yards to help set up a 42-yard Sean Whyte field goal.

While Glenn put up points early, the story of the first quarter was the Lions defence which shutout Smith in the passing game.  At the end of the quarter the Lions held a 109-0 advantage in passing yards.

Both defences tightened up for some time in the second quarter before Glenn led a drive which included completions of 24,15,12 and another 15 yards to a host of receivers to put McCallum in position to hit a chip shot 16-yard field goal.  The three-pointer gave the Leos a 13-3 lead with 3:48 left in the half.

With the Lions defence holding Smith in check, it was a pair of hulking defensive lineman that generated the game’s next big play.  While playing on punt return, Khreem Smith got his hand on a Sean Whyte punt, his block landing into the hands of Eric Taylor who rumbled down to the Montreal 29 yard line.

A trio of completions by Glenn led to a 1-yard touchdown plunge by QB Travis Partridge to extend the lead to 20-3 with 1:44 left in the half.

As the team’s broke for halftime, Smith continued to look for answers in the passing game, going just 2 of 10 for 9 yards in the half.  Despite only posting three points, the bright spot for the Als was on the ground where Whitaker generated 50 yards on 7 carries.

Compounding issues for the Alouettes was the loss of star receiver SJ Green who left in the first quarter with an injury.

Lions defence roars

The BC Lions were as active as ever, holding Montreal to just 117 yards in total offence ... View Game Stats

As the third quarter got underway, Glenn looked to his no. 1 receiver yet again to put the game out of reach.  Facing a third and very long after taking a pair of penalties, Arceneaux went up and snagged a 35-yard pass for a first down.  Glenn then rifled one into Arceneaux for 10 yards before the two capped off a 9-play 80 yard possession.

With a comfortable lead, the only area of concern for the Leos was Glenn who left the game – perhaps in precaution – with a strained rhomboid muscle.

He finished with 301 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 of 31 passing.

John Beck entered at quarterback with 3:47 remaining in the third quarter but that didn’t slow down the potent BC attack led by their stud receiver.  Beck marched the Lions down into Montreal territory and hit Arceneaux on a post route for his third touchdown of the game, this one from 27-yards out to give BC a commanding 34-3 lead.

Meanwhile, the Lions chased Troy Smith out of the game in the fourth quarter after he was shut down by an inspired BC defence.

The exclamation point on Smith’s day was an interception thrown into the waiting hands of DB Ryan Phillips who returned it deep into Alouettes territory.  The Lions refused to take their foot off the gas following the turnover, allowing Harris to take a screen pass 13 yards for a touchdown.

The score with 13:30 left, put the Leos up 41-3.

The Alouettes earned a safety as Marsh and Partridge closed out the games for their respective teams.

Montreal now heads to their first bye week of the year as the Lions stay home to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next Friday night.

Fan Poll
Who was the player of the game from Saturday night?
1) Emmanuel Arceneaux
2) Solomon Elimimian
3) Kevin Glenn
4) Cord Parks
5) Brandon Whitaker
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Fan Comments
als rule
@TFmcb: nonsense posts continue from a fan whose tiger cats are 0 and 3!!
July 21, 2014 - 10:46pm
Glad to see the Als take their lumps as they enjoyed a long run at the top, and now its their turn to spend time at the bottom of the league.

As to the second coming of AC in Troy Smith, that theory took a beating as we all know Smith is going to have to spend taking his lumps and spending his time to develop.
July 20, 2014 - 9:49pm
One of the tv commentators remarked that the Als were trying to turn a innovative qb that could run or pass at the drop of a hat into a pure drop-back passer. That would have stifled qbs such as Doug Flutie for sure and it doesn't seem to be helping the Als qb at all.
July 20, 2014 - 8:11pm
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@GTC: agree!! I don't want an AC out of smith!! I want movement from him!! rolling out and running!! so far not using smith or Johnson to the best of their abilities!!
July 22, 2014 - 9:09am
Did the Alouettes not [learn] their lesson with Vince Ferragamo? NFL quarterbacks [have trouble adjusting to differences in] the CFL.
July 20, 2014 - 6:40pm
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@TB: you think smith compares to ferragamo of the 80's?!! not even close to the same scenario!!
July 20, 2014 - 11:13pm
There are either blowouts, penalty filled, and downright ugly mistake filled games to start the season. I wonder when we are going to see competitive football again that is exciting to the end. Yawn, it might be nap time again.
July 20, 2014 - 12:39pm
Finally some true offense from this league (off to a slow start this year for most offenses).
Hope Montreal finds their offensive answer soon - receivers not getting open or all on the QB;s, or the coaches for not having the right plays?
July 20, 2014 - 11:56am
Well, the pattern was maintained of the club travelling across the country losing to the home team.
July 20, 2014 - 11:23am
als rule
once again for the 2nd time YES the alouettes STUNK out BC place as everyone knows BUT as any real alouette fan knows Vancouver has always been our graveyard!! these doesn't excuse the fact that QB troy smith's growing pains are real hard absorbing BUT montreal knew this was the type of year 2014 was going to be!! as for the Hamilton fans and their posts YES with a 0 and 3 record you certainly have a lot to laugh at in Hamilton!!
July 20, 2014 - 10:43am
We only stunk out the joint once - in a monsoon like setting. We have lost to the only two unbeaten teams by a combined 7 points I believe, and our starting QB (plus most of our O line) is on the IR. In spite of the record we look better thus far than the Als. Oh and we have played the first three games all on the road in the West.
July 20, 2014 - 1:06pm
Comparing teams at this point of the season is a bit of a waste of time, but both Montreal and Hamilton have lost their veteran quarterbacks. Montreal's QB retired, and Hamilton abandoned theirs. So both as struggling at that position. Where Hamilton has the advantage over Montreal is the continuity of their coaching staff, including their OC. Where Montreal has the advantage over Hamilton is the talent on their roster, and their winning tradition.
July 20, 2014 - 4:22pm
I know for the past few years the West has come out of the gate very fast with the East teams struggling at first but this year must be the worst for imbalance. The West teams have collected an average of 5.2 points per team, even with my Riders stumbling, while the four East teams have managed just 0.75 points per team.
July 20, 2014 - 7:46am
Wow! The Lions really put a impressive, dominant,complete and total beat down on the Alouettes on both sides of the ball; they wanted to get revenge on the Alouettes from their first meeting and they sure got it. This is the team in the West that I wouldn't sleep on
July 20, 2014 - 2:19am
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USRBF: sorry please explain to me lions HC benevides feeling disrespected by montreal running up the score in their game a few weeks ago at stade molson?!! running what score up?!! montreal won the game 24 to 9!! that according to benevides IS RUNNING UP THE SCORE?!! seriously?!!
July 21, 2014 - 12:01am
I didn't say he was right I was just going by what I read, obviously there was some bad blood between the two teams as I read there looked to be a fight between Mike Edam of the Alouettes and one of the Lions defence players during warmups
July 21, 2014 - 3:33am
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