The start of the 2012 Canadian Football League season began last night with an historic record set in Vancouver.
British Columbia Lions wide receiver Geroy Simon passed Milt Stegall of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as the all-time leader in receiving yards with 15,192.
The Lions slotback had five catches for 105 yards as British Columbia defeated Winnipeg 33-16 in a 2011 Grey Cup rematch.
Travis Lulay ran into the end zone for two major scores and running back Andrew Harris had 116 total yards to give head coach Mike Benevides his first head coaching victory.
Meanwhile earlier in Hamilton, the story at Ivor Wynne Stadium was all about a wide receiver and head coach as well.
Weston Dressler, at only 5’7″, had 13 catches for 180 yards and three touchdowns as Saskatchewan trounced Hamilton 43-16.
The Tiger-Cats offense looked completely out of sync and quarterback Henry Burris obviously needs to get the timing down with his receivers better.
With all the talk surrounding Andy Fantuz being the top off season free agent (went from Saskatchewan to Hamilton), it was Fantuz’s former teammate in Dressler that stole the show.
Like Benevides, Roughriders’ head coach Corey Chamblin got his first CFL win.
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