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VANCOUVER — It’s beginning to feel a lot like desperation time in the Alouettes and Lions’ respective camps.

Wally Buono’s BC squad is winless in over a month, offense has been hard to come by on a regular basis and the Leos’ star-studded defense has battled consistency issues.

Jacques Chapdelaine’s Montreal team is coming off a one-sided 32-4 defeat at the hands of the division-leading Ottawa REDBLACKS, and has been blown out in two of its last three outings.

Both clubs have seen their playoff hopes dim in recent weeks, but the good news is the post-season is still well within reach.

Hard-hitting veteran linebacker Kyries Hebert knows that despite their recent struggles, the Montreal Alouettes are far from out of the East Division playoff race. Talking to he said:

“Right now we’re really focused on trying to be the best team we can be, not really focusing on what the record is but understanding where we are in the standings. We’re still really close to a playoff spot, so we’re going to fight hard these last eight games.”

As for the challenge posed by the struggling Lions, Hebert believes the Alouettes control their own destiny as they head to the Pacific coast.

“The key to winning in BC is high energy and execution — we can’t allow the trip to have anything to do with it. Overall, it’s mind over matter. If we go with a positive mindset (and) execute our plays, we’ll have a chance to win.”

Montreal RB Stefan Logan in action against BC July 6 Photo: The Canadian Press

Two-time CFL East Division All-Star centre Luc Brodeur-Jourdain says the offense — limited to just 277 total yards and no touchdowns by Ottawa — needs to step up.

“We know we have to be better offensively, especially in the red zone. Despite the adversity we’ve faced since the beginning of the season, the spirit of the team is very positive (and) we’re still focused on team success.”

The 34-year-old veteran insists that despite Montreal’s struggles in recent weeks, team morale has not dropped.

“Whether it’s been injuries, or the losses to Toronto or Ottawa, nobody has let their heads drop. Thankfully, the standings are still tight in the East.”

The BC Lions have something to prove to themselves and the rest of the West Division on Friday night at BC Place. Wally Buono’s squad has not won in four weeks and finds itself slipping to the back of the ultra-competitive pack in the CFL’s West Division.

“You can’t win a bunch of games unless you win the first one so that’s where we’re at,” Friday night’s Lions starting quarterback, Travis Lulay, told “We’ve got Montreal. They’re coming off three straight losses and trying to find themselves a little bit too. They’re still in the race in the East so it’s a big game for them and us.”

Lulay got the nod for Friday’s matchup against the Alouettes following BC’s Week 10 loss in the nation’s capital; the veteran pivot completed 18 of 23 passes for 202 yards, a pair of touchdowns and an almost-comeback at TD Place.

Were it not for a late interception off a deflection, Lulay might have led the largest comeback in CFL history. With that said, there’s no reason his Lions can’t turn around their season.

“The one championship I won here, we were 1-6 before we started winning football games. The vets understand there is a lot of football left. There is a sense of urgency when you see what’s happening in the West.”

With virtually everybody in the West minus Edmonton picking up points in recent weeks, the slide of the Lions — winless in their last three — has been exacerbated.

“We’ve given up 21 passes over 30 yards, (but) we’re number one against the run,” said legendary Lions head coach Wally Buono. “(If) you eliminate half those mistakes — and most have been mistakes — and we’d probably have another win or two.”

BC Lions SB Manny Arceneaux Photo: The Canadian Press

Playing cleaner football on defense is a major key for BC this week, especially given the fact its opponents — Darian Durant and the Alouettes — failed to find the end zone against Ottawa last week.

“You’re going to get beat sometimes, but if you eliminate a large portion (of mistakes) that were either lack of discipline or mental mistakes, that makes you a better football team,” continued Buono. “I’m going to say it’s communication, but it’s also execution.”

With Mic’hael Brooks on the six-game injured list, the Lions will go with rookie D-end Ken Boatright; the Southern Illinois product will be making his CFL debut.

The athletic Micah Awe will start at linebacker in place of Tony Burnett, who will dress as backup. Awe — a Nigerian national — is a promising prospect for the Lions; the 1994-born rookie has looked sharp on specials in his debut campaign after a productive four-year career at Texas Tech.

With the Lions’ D-line struggling to generate pressure, the team hopes that Boatright and Awe can make a difference in the front seven. Either way, Alex Bazzie could soon be back on the roster following as the former Lions defensive end considers his options following an NFL stint.

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