British Columbia Lions
- 1982 -
9 Wins 7 Losses - 4th Place West Division
Lyndon Little - Vancouver Sun - June 2010
As the BC Lions prepare to play their
one-and-only season at Empire Field, their temporary facility on the PNE
grounds, it's perhaps worth a nostalgic look back at their final campaign
at old Empire Stadium.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver from Merced,
Calif., had just completed his second season at San Jose, but was planning
to drop out of school. Because he'd played just two years for the
Spartans, he was considered off-limits by NFL and CFL clubs. But the
Lions' director of player personnel, John Herrera, was able to obtain
documentation showing Fernandez had spent some previous time at De Anza
Junior College, making it possible for the Leos to claim his rights.
Middle linebacker Ty Crews, who is going into
the team's Wall of Fame this year at the same time as Rapp, led the team
in defensive tackles with 60.
John Henry White provides some blocking for Lui Passaglia
1982 Team Statistics
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Week 1 v Hamilton
Roy Dewalt relieved injured starter Joe Paopao in the second quarter and threw four TD passes, including three in a 23-point third quarter, as the Lions roared
Week 2 @ Saskatchewan
The Lions drove from their own 35 to the Riders' five, close enough to allow Lui Passaglia, suffering from a minor groin injury, to chip a 12-yard FG as time expired
Week 3 v Edmonton
A 75-yard, fourth-quarter punt return by Mervyn Fernandez and two TDs by Larry Key lifted B.C., giving them first place. Edmonton took a 25-17 lead on a 25-yard TD catch by Neil Lumsden
Week 5 @ Winnipeg
K Trevor Kennerd booted 11 points and helped set up a TD in the final quarter, with a five-yard run on a fake FG, to pace the Bombers before a record crowd in a driving rain.
Week 6 v Calgary
The blitzing Calgary defense had six sacks. Stamps QB Bruce Threadgill came up with almost 375 yards. James Sykes got out of the doghouse with 116 yards rushing and three TDs.
Week 7 @ Montreal
QB Joe Paopao tossed three TD passes, including one on a fake field-goal attempt, and accumulated almost 300 yards in the air in less than three quarters as B.C. romped.
Week 8 v Toronto
Condredge Holloway completed 18 of 33 passes for 260 yards and scrambled for 40 yards on five carries. He also passed for his 13th and 14th touchdowns. He had 12 all last year.
Week 9 @ Ottawa
QB Roy Dewalt tossed for a pair of TDs and ran for another to key a 35-point first-half blitz for the Lions. Dewalt completed 15 of 19 passes for 232 yards before Joe Paopao replaced him.
Week 11 v Saskatchewan
B.C. QB Roy Dewalt fired three TD passes in the first half, including two to rookie Mervyn Fernandez, who caught a 76-yard bomb from Dewalt in the second minute of the game.
Week 12 v Toronto
Roy Dewalt completed 21 of 28 passes for 239 yards and two TDs, and scored two TDs rushing, while directing the Lion offence to most of its 473 yards.
Week 13 v Winnipeg
The Bombers' defense registered seven quarterback sacks. After the Lions made it 29-17 on Larry Key's 55-yard TD run early in the second half, the Winnipeg defense went to work.
Week 14 @ Edmonton
Edmonton took advantage of B.C.'s weakness at quarterback to move into a tie for third place. The Lions were without Roy Dewalt and Joe Paopao played with a fractured left shoulder.
Week 15 v Ottawa
BRITISH COL 28,
FB John Henry White scored two TDs, ran 10 times for 56 yards and caught five passes for 48 yards. HB Larry Key scored the other B.C. touchdown on a 24-yard run, one of 20 carries for 108 yards.
Week 16 @ Hamilton
The Ticats led 28-0 going into the fourth quarter, as QB Tom Clements completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 320 yards and four TDs, leading his team to a tie for first.
Week 17 @ Calgary
With the score tied 19-19, J.T. Hay kicked a FG added another field goal with six seconds left, to give Calgary the win and clinch the final Western Division playoff berth.
Week 18 v Montreal
In the final game at Empire Stadium, Roy Dewalt threw two TD passes to Mervyn Fernandez and scored himself on an 18-yard run as the Lions finished the season with a 9-7 record.