Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jennings Throws Three TDs, Harris Runs for Two More as Lions Down Tiger-Cats

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jennings Throws Three TDs, Harris Runs for Two More as Lions Down Tiger-Cats

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Jennings throws 3 TDs, Lions down Tiger-Cats

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VANCOUVER - A fast start and a pounding finish ensured that the B.C. Lions are alive and well in the CFL's playoff chase.

Jonathon Jennings threw three touchdowns in the first half and Andrew Harris ran in two more late as the Lions defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 40-13 on Friday to get back on track after consecutive fourth-quarter collapses that resulted in demoralizing losses.

"It shows what we're capable of," said Jennings, who finished 23 of 33 passing for 247 yards and an interception. "Some unfortunate things have happened to us, but every game we're out there pushing expecting to score. Tonight we just did it."

With the victory, the Lions (6-10) maintained their hold on third in the CFL's West Division thanks in large part to a ground attack to put the game out of reach.

B.C. led 27-13 in the fourth quarter, but started to teeter on offence before Harris took over with TD runs of 15 and eight yards in his 100th CFL game.

"We've played with good teams and just haven't been able to finish," said Harris, who ran 16 times for 119 yards, including 82 in the fourth. "We have to keep this going. There were some struggles there, but we have absolute confidence going forward."

Jeff Mathews was 22 of 32 passing for 270 yards with two touchdowns for the Tiger-Cats (10-6), but struggled for long stretches against a stout B.C. defence that sacked him five times and created four turnovers, including two interceptions by Ryan Phillips.

"We couldn't string together first downs and we turned the ball over," said Hamilton head coach Kent Austin. "They just whipped us. Period. For four quarters they whipped us."

The Lions temporarily found themselves outside the playoff picture when the Montreal Alouettes defeated the Toronto Argonauts 34-2 earlier Friday, but came up with a big effort after going just 2-7 over their last nine.

The Alouettes also sit at 6-10 and are battling the Lions and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-11) for third place in the West by way of the crossover rule. Montreal must finish with more points than both B.C. and Winnipeg to earn the crossover.

"We had the game on in (the locker-room) so we definitely knew (the Alouettes) were winning," said Harris. …

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