B.C. Lions hunting elusive Grey Cup

Jeff Malo and Matt Lawson / October 21, 2018

The B.C. Lions are hoping to get their 7th Grey Cup, and their first since 2011. (TSN)

The B.C. Lions are off to the playoffs following a thrilling 42-32 comeback victory over the Edmonton Eskimos in week 19 of CFL action.

This is the Lions’ first postseason-berth since 2016 and they’re on the prowl for their seventh Grey Cup in franchise history. The last time they hoisted the elusive trophy was back in 2011.

The Lions have two games remaining in the season against the Saskatchewan Roughriders followed by the season-closer against the powerhouse Calgary Stampeders.

“One thing that I sense is belief… That’s the same feeling we had in 2011, where there was no panic, guys were excited, guys were focused. There was never a sense we were going to lose at any point against Edmonton and that’s the right mindset” – Solomon Elimimian, Lions Linebacker

Eliminian, a staple of the team’s defensive core, has been sidelined for the majority of the season with a wrist injury. He watched in dismay as his team started the season three-and-six and playoff hopes looked bleak.

Despite the rocky start, the players stayed true to themselves and pressed onwards. The Leos stepped up when injuries occurred and General Manager Ed Hervey added key players like DeVier Posey who was the Grey Cup MVP last season with the Toronto Argonauts. The former NFL wide reciever has payed big-time dividends for his new squad and will be looked to heavily in the playoffs.

“Guys showed toughness. Everybody’s believing. Everything’s coming together at the right time. You gotta give a lot of credit to the players, the coaches and you also gotta give a lot of credit to Ed (Lions GM) – I remember we were 3-6 and he just said Sol, we gonna stay the course and keep working”- Solomon Eliminian, Lions Linebacker

BC Lions Head Coach Wally Buono rallying the troops (BCLions.ca)

With the return of the aforementioned Eliminian and also Quarterback Travis Lulay, the Lions are firing on all cylinders for perhaps the first time all season.

It doesn’t hurt that the team is backed by the winningest coach in CFL history, Wally Buono. The CFL Hall-of-Famer has already won five Grey Cups as a coach, including two with the Lions.

The legend says it’s all about taking it one game at a time and focusing on the task right in front of you, not looking too far into the future.

“If you’re not thinking that, if you’re not playing for that, you might as well go home. Championships aren’t won in November. But myself, the team, we want to stay focused on our next game” – Lions Head Coach, Wally Buono

The Lions are hoping to bring home one more Grey Cup for their legendary coach Buono. The Lions final game is November 3, 2018.