Canuck cavalcade: B.C. Lions re-sign six Canadians

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The B.C. Lions have signed the six nationals to contract extensions: fullbacks David Mackie and Mario Villamizar, receivers Jacob Scarfone and Marcus Davis, and defensive backs Jamie Harry and O’Shane Samuels.

Mackie was voted a team captain prior to his third season with the club and suited up in all 14 regular season contests, hauling in four receptions for 14 yards and recording eight special teams tackles. A strong community ambassador, Mackie was the Lions’ team nominee for the Jake Gaudaur Veterans award, which is given annually to the Canadian player who best demonstrates attributes of our soldiers.

Villamizar made his return to the Lions in October following successful rehab from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered early in 2021. He would go on to suit up in five games while playing a role on special teams.

Scarfone dressed in all 14 regular season games in his first season with B.C., recording six receptions for 85 yards. The London, Ont. native scored his first career touchdown on an overtime pass from Michael Reilly on Oct. 30 at Toronto.

Davis joined the Lions’ practice squad in early September. He was activated for the Oct. 1 home game against Winnipeg and recorded 13 yards on two punt returns.

Harry made strides in his second CFL campaign, suiting up in ten games while recording six defensive tackles and a pair of special teams stops. Harry recovered from a late-season thumb injury to play in the regular season finale against Edmonton on Nov. 19.

Samuels suited up in all 14 regular season games in his second year with the Lions, recording five special teams tackles.