The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 23, 2013

Simon ties CFL receiving mark

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN — Thomas DeMarco engineered a five-play drive to set up a game-winning Paul McCallum field goal as the BC Lions stunned the Saskatchewan Roughriders with a 24-22 come-from-behind win.

The Lions had just conceded an 8-yard go-ahead touchdown to Weston Dressler to give the Roughriders their first lead since halftime with 38 seconds left.

DeMarco finished the evening 18 of 33 for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns in his first career start.

Sunday marked the first time future Hall of Fame slotback Geroy Simon faced his former BC club since being traded in the off-season.  Arguably one of the greatest to ever don a Leos jersey, Simon accumulated 14,756 yards and 93 touchdowns on 904 receptions in 12 seasons in Vancouver.

Not only was Geroy Simon facing his former mates Sunday, he was chasing down a record. 

Simon made five catches on Sunday, which puts him in a tie for first place on the CFL’s all-time career receptions list alongside former Montreal Alouettes star Ben Cahoon. Each of them now has 1,017 catches.

Simon ended the game with 60 receiving yards. His longest gain was 14 yards.

Simon and the Riders were looking to bounce back after dropping their first home game of the season to Toronto. 

Although they got Dressler back in the lineup, they had to do without their stud running back Kory Sheets, who left last week’s game with a knee injury.

Simon’s CFL career started with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1999. He signed with the Lions in 2001 and went on to record nine straight 1,000-yard seasons, beginning in 2003 while celebrating Grey Cup victories in 2006 and 2011.

A hamstring injury limited Simon to 13 games in 2012 and was indirectly the cause of his being traded to Saskatchewan.

The Lions started shopping Simon after they failed to reach an agreement on a restructured contract that would have been in line with his reduced role in the offense.