The BC Lions’ 1997 Season

Season Summary

  • Finished 4th (in tiebreaker) in the West Division and won a playoff position in the crossover
  • East Division Semi-final

BC Lions 1997 Full Schedule/Results

Team Roster and Stats

BC Lions 1997 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Pre-season 2 1 1 0 2 50 45 L1 1-1-0
Regular Season 18 8 10 0 16 429 536 L4 1-5-0
    Home 9 5 4 0 10 229 219 L1 3-3-0
    Visitor 9 3 6 0 6 200 317 L6 0-6-0
   Divisional opponent 10 5 5 0 10 231 277 L3 2-4-0
   Non-divisional opponent 8 3 5 0 6 198 259 L1 2-4-0

Full 1997 League Standings

BC Lions 1997 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.544 3-2-0 (5) 2-3-0 (5)
Non-Divisional 0.472 2-2-0 (4) 1-3-0 (4)
Calgary Stampeders (3) 0.556
Edmonton Eskimos (3) 0.667
Saskatchewan Roughriders (4) 0.444
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2) 0.111
Montreal Alouettes (2) 0.722
Toronto Argonauts (2) 0.833
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2) 0.222

Coaches

Head Coach

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Assistant Coaches
  • Charlie Carpenter – Offensive Coordinator
  • Jim Sandusky – Receivers
  • Dave Easley – Defensive Coordinator
  • Amos Jones – Defensive line
  • Francis Smith – Special teams

1997 BC Lions Attendance

  • Capacity: 40,800
  • Total: 186,883
  • High: 25,088
  • Avg: 20,764 (9 out of 9 games)
  • Diff from 1996 Avg: +1,876
  • Low: 17,206
  • Sellouts: 0
  • % of Capacity: 50.89
  • Diff from League Avg: -527

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Team Scoring

19971996 +/-
Average Combined Score 53.61 3.83 +
Average Winning Score 32.25 3.45 +
Average Losing Score 17.10 3.36 -
Average Home Score 25.44 2.67 +
Average Visitor Score 22.22 0.56 -
Average Margin of Victory 10.88 0.07 +
Average Margin of Loss 19.40 9.40 +

Stadium

  • 1997 home stadium: BC Place Stadium
  • Capacity: 40,800
  • Playing surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
  • Previous stadium change: 1995 – Reconfiguration partially closed upper bowl

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Regular Season Scoring Summary by Quarter

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
HVT HVT HVT HVT H (PPG)V (PPG)T (PPG)
BC 334477 7764141 264571 9347140 229 (25.4)200 (22.2)429 (23.8)
Opponent 256590 10379182 3679115 5594149 317 (35.2)219 (24.3)536 (29.8)

Lead/Trailed Record by Quarter

Home Visitor Total
Quarter Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record)
After 1st 4 (2-2-0) 2 (1-1-0) 3 (2-1-0) 3 (3-0-0) 1 (0-1-0) 5 (0-5-0) 7 (5-2-0) 3 (1-2-0) 8 (2-6-0)
After 2nd 4 (2-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (3-2-0) 4 (3-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (0-5-0) 8 (5-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 10 (3-7-0)
After 3rd 4 (2-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (3-2-0) 3 (2-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 6 (1-5-0) 7 (4-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 11 (4-7-0)
After 4th 5 (5-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (0-4-0) 3 (3-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 6 (0-6-0) 8 (8-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 10 (0-10-0)

BC Lions 1997 Stars of the Week

Offensive Star

  • 2 – Damon Allen
  • 1 – Alfred Jackson
  • 1 – Sean Millington

Defensive Star

  • 1 – B.J. Gallis
  • 1 – Maurice Kelly

Lineman Star

  • 3 – Johnny Scott
  • 1 – Jamie Taras

BC Lions 1997 Player Awards and Nominations

1997 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Damon Allen (Team Nominee)
  • Defensive Player — Maurice Kelly (Team Nominee)
  • Offensive Lineman — Mike Withycombe (Team Nominee)
  • Canadian Player — Sean Millington (Winner)
  • Rookie — B.J. Gallis (Division Finalist)

BC Lions 1997 Draft Picks

Round–Pick
(Overall)
[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
2–1 (10) [SSK] Bob Beveridge (OL) British Columbia (UBC)
3–2 (19) Paul Stoilen (LB) Simon Fraser
3–4 (20) [WPG] John Partchenko (OT) Michigan
4–1 (25) [OTT] Bret Anderson (P) Simon Fraser
4–3 (27) Martin Miller (CB) Manitoba
5–2 (35) Jamie MacDonald (OT) Northern Illinois
6–2 (43) Kelly Lochbaum (LB) Northern Arizona

BC Lions 1997 All-Star Selections

2 All-Canadian Selections
WR Alfred Jackson, Jr.
LB Maurice Kelly
5 All-Division Selections
FB Sean Millington
WR Alfred Jackson, Jr.
C Mike Withycombe
DT Joe Fleming
LB Maurice Kelly

* – indicates unanimous selection

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Week Game Details (EDT
A 3
Sun. June 8
11:00 PM
EDM 15 @ BC 32 W 10,284
B 6
Tue. June 17
9:30 PM
BC 18 @ CGY 30 L 29,102
1 10
Thu. June 26
10:30 PM
SSK 24 @ BC 23 L 18,881 RDS, TSN
2 14
Thu. July 3
10:30 PM
CGY 16 @ BC 17 W 17,206 TSN
3 18
Thu. July 10
10:00 PM
BC 41 @ EDM 31 W 26,010 TSN
4 24
Sat. July 19
10:30 PM
WPG 17 @ BC 21 W 22,312 TSN
5 26
Thu. July 24
10:30 PM
TOR 34 @ BC 20 L 23,330 TSN
6 32
Sat. Aug. 2
1:00 PM
BC 42 @ HAM 24 W 12,032 TSN
7 36
Sat. Aug. 9
10:30 PM
MTL 45 @ BC 31 L 19,106 TSN
8 39
Fri. Aug. 15
9:30 PM
BC 39 @ SSK 26 W 28,556 TSN, RDS
9 44
Fri. Aug. 22
10:30 PM
CGY 23 @ BC 37 W 20,303 RDS, TSN
10 45
Sat. Aug. 30
7:00 PM
BC 33 @ MTL 34 L 11,050 CBC, RDS
11 52
Sun. Sept. 7
3:00 PM
BC 12 @ SSK 46 L 22,966 CBC
12 54
Sat. Sept. 13
10:30 PM
EDM 1 @ BC 27 W 25,088
13 57
Fri. Sept. 19
8:30 PM
BC 14 @ WPG 26 L 21,732 TSN
14 61
Fri. Sept. 26
10:30 PM
HAM 33 @ BC 34 W 18,258 TSN
15 66
Sat. Oct. 4
2:00 PM
BC 3 @ TOR 46 L 17,019 CBC
16 69
Fri. Oct. 10
11:00 PM
SSK 26 @ BC 19 L 22,399 TSN
17 75
Sun. Oct. 19
3:00 PM
BC 7 @ EDM 41 L 31,958
18 80
Sun. Oct. 26
4:00 PM
BC 9 @ CGY 43 L 24,860 TSN, RDS
P1 81
Sun. Nov. 2
12:45 PM
BC 35 @ MTL 45 L 16,257 CBC