B.C. Lions a two-man show at QB 0
BC Lions' quarterback Thomas DeMarco during CFL pre-season game at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday June 21, 2013, (CARMINE MARINELLI / VANCOUVER 24HRS / 24 HOURS)
After the blowout win last weekend against the Montreal Alouettes, a one-winged Travis Lulay tossed the game ball to the likely starter this Sunday in Regina, back-up QB Thomas DeMarco.
The rest of the team let him hear it about it too as a proud, smiling Wally Buono, the man who discovered him, looked on.
Now the former Old Dominion quarterback will lead his team into the most hostile environment in the CFL — Mosaic Field, where Saskatchewan's 13th man promises to not only let him hear it, but actually feel it too.
It's baptism by fire in the truest sense.
DeMarco took all the first-string reps in practice and has had a crash course in the silent count.
Speaking of crash courses, the recently acquired Buck Pierce has made learning the Lions playbook a full-time job just in case his number gets called Sunday.
Really the only way Pierce doesn't see the field against the Riders is if the diminutive DeMarco dominates from start to finish. That's a big ask and quite frankly unlikely.
Lions coach Mike Benevides made it clear that until Lulay returns this will now be a two-man operation and it will take both DeMarco and Pierce to win football games.
Make no mistake, the Leos are heading to the Prairies with a set game plan that will feature both pivots — and I think it's also safe to assume a whole whack of play calls directed running back Andrew Harris' way.
It's a results-oriented business, so whichever quarterback proves to be most effective will earn themselves the coveted role as the 1a passer relegating the other to 1b.