July 29, 2023

River Cree Recap: Elks defeated 27-0 by Lions

The Edmonton Elks were defeated 24-0 by the BC Lions in Week 8 CFL regular season action at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night.


Elks quarterback Taylor Cornelius completed 16 of 30 passes for 187 yards and had a team-high 22 rushing yards. Kevin Brown led the Elks with five receptions, while Dillon Mitchell and Kyran Moore were the Green and Gold’s top receivers, with 64 and 61 yards, respectively.

Edmonton had five sacks, including two from AC Leonard, one from Jake Ceresna, and the first in the CFL career of both Elliott Brown and Tony Jones.

The Lions outgained Edmonton 425 to 219 in total offence, while holding a 26-12 edge in first downs, and holding the ball for 35:16 of the game’s 60 minutes.

BC took a 6-0 lead after the first quarter, on the strength of a pair of field goals by Sean Whyte. The Lions extended their lead to 13-0 after Dane Evans passed to Justin McInnis for a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and added another Whyte field goal on the last play of the half to take a 16-0 lead into the break. Evans completed his second touchdown pass of the night, to Taquan Mizzell, early in the third quarter. Whyte booted his fourth field goal of the night in the final quarter to close the scoring.

First Ever Broadcast

Saturday’s game was the first professional football game broadcast in Punjabi. It aired on My Radio 580 AM, Alberta’s largest ranged ethnic radio station, called by veteran Punjabi sports broadcasters Harpreet Pandher and Taqdeer Thindal.

Cleats of Strength

During the game, Elks running back Kevin Brown wore a pair of one-of-a-kind custom-designed cleats that are being auctioned in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Fans can bid online until 8 p.m. MT on Aug. 12.

Next Up

With the loss, Edmonton drops to 0-8 on the season, while the Lions improve to a West Division-leading 6-1. The Elks have a bye in Week 9 before returning to action to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Aug. 10.


Be there when the Elks take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the Indigenous Celebration at Commonwealth Stadium on August 10. Being part of the action has never been more affordable, with tickets starting at just $15. Click here to get your tickets now and be part of the tradition.

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