Stamps, Cornish provide true measuring stick for Leos 0
In the season opener, the Calgary Stampeders’ Jon Cornish (in red) found nothing but openings along the line of scrimmage, rambling for 172 yards and two majors. (QMI Agency)
Only once this season has a running back found the end zone along the ground against the B.C. Lions defence at home.
In their three games at BC Place the Lions have contained the likes of Toronto's Chad Cackert, Edmonton’s Hugh Charles and Winnipeg’s Chad Simpson to a combined 153 yards.
But oh how that could change Saturday against a running back that owned them in Week 1.
In the season opener, the Calgary Stampeders’ Jon Cornish found nothing but openings along the line of scrimmage, rambling for 172 yards and two majors.
Anyone who watched the Stamps host the previously undefeated Saskatchewan Roughriders last week knows how dominant the New Westminster-born Cornish was in running for 175 yards and four touchdowns.
No other ‘back in recent years can lead as many will-killing drives as the St. Thomas More graduate can, something the Leos have lacked all season.
The other asset the Lions have lacked this season is fans.
In June, the Eskimos drew a healthy crowd of 26,733 in a mean-nothing exhibition. Yet, in the next three regular-season games, the median attendance was 26,244.
With the combination of the Stamps’ 2012 Western Final victory in B.C along with the clock-cleaning rematch at McMahon Stadium in Week 1, there’s really no question who the Leos biggest rival is.
So there’s no reason to think Saturday’s game should go into the books with less than 30,000 attending.
If that's the case, then for the first time in a long time this Lions’ model franchise may have a growing issue off the field.