Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke shines as Lions beat Elks

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British Columbia Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke of Victoria, British Columbia had an exceptional game to close out the 2021 Canadian Football League season on Friday. In a game which meant nothing in the CFL regular season because the Lions and Edmonton Elks had been eliminated from postseason play, Rourke completed 23 of 34 passes for 359 yards, and one touchdown, along with seven rushes for 34 yards and three more touchdowns as the Lions clobbered the Elks 43-10.

Rourke opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bryan Burnham at the 3:28 mark of the first quarter to put the Lions up 6-0. He then had a one-yard touchdown run with six minutes and 50 seconds left in the first half to put the Lions up 14-0, a five-yard run at 7:55 of the second quarter to put the Lions up 20-0, and a two-yard run with one minute and 50 seconds left in the second quarter to put the Lions up 26-0.

On the season, Rourke completed 52 of 82 passes for 754 yards, three passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also had 18 carries for 111 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.

The CFL playoffs start next weekend. The Calgary Stampeders will face the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Western Division semi-final with the winner playing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Meanwhile, in the Eastern Division semi-final, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will face the Montreal Alouettes, with the winner playing the Toronto Argonauts.

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