Photo Scott Grant / CFLPhotoArchive.com
Photo Scott Grant / CFLPhotoArchive.com

It was deja-vu for the Ottawa Redblacks.

A week removed from dropping a 29-5 game against a then 1-9 B.C. Lions squad, the Redblacks got handled again as the Leos cruised to a 40-7 win.

The Lions logged 541 net offensive yards in the victory.

It was over before it ever began.

Shaq Johnson had over 100 receiving yards before Ned Flanders could say “howdy neighbour.” Johnson’s big half helped to give him a game-high 160 receiving yards.

He was all over the field in the first half, but especially on his touchdown grab, when Duron Carter – yes, Duron Carter – connected with the receiver for a 67-yard score.

Carter later caught a touchdown for himself in the third, his second straight game with a major.

It was more of the same from Ottawa’s perspective, that being no offence whatsoever. The Redblacks had a strong first drive, failed to convert a third down play and then did nothing at all the rest of the half netting 64 yards to the Leos 314.

Jonathon Jennings was 3-for-10 with 16 yards after two quarters. Ottawa trailed 20-2 and the Redblacks fans drowned the home team in boos

As Jennings was slowly getting some momentum and stringing completions together in the third, coach Rick Campbell put third stringer Will Ardnt into the game down 30-5. Jennings went 8-of-17 for 121 receiving yards. Ardnt finished with 61 passing yards on 6-of-11.

Bryan Burnham eclipsed the 1,000 receiving yard mark, recording 135 yards on nine receptions. Mike Reilly’s day was done midway through the fourth when Burnham’s touchdown snag in the fourth extended the lead to 37-6. The quarterback tossed for 353 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and went 21-of-27 on his pass attempts.

Also of note, Odell Willis notched career sack No. 100 late in the game. It was his first in nine games.

Ottawa (3-10) meets Edmonton (6-7) at home next week while B.C. takes on the Alouettes.

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Grant Deme
Grant Deme is a reporter and anchor in southwestern Ontario and a lifelong follower of the CFL.