It’s over for former Central Washington greats Adam Bighill, Mike Reilly and the defending Grey Cup champion BC Lions.
For this season, at least.
Despite Bighill’s team-best nine tackles from his middle linebacker spot, the Lions lost 34-29 last Sunday to the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL’s West Division playoff final.
Calgary will meet the Toronto Argonauts for the Grey Cup title Sunday in Toronto.
The Stampeders led 17-16 at halftime and 31-16 after three quarters.
Reilly, serving as backup to BC’s star quarterback Travis Lulay, completed his only pass attempt for 26 yards and also carried the ball three times for 13 yards.
Bighill, a four-year linebacking star at Central out of Class A Montesano High School, played mostly on special teams as a rookie two years ago but this time around enjoyed a breakout season and was named to the CFL All-Star team.
Reilly was BC’s No. 3 quarterback in 2010 and moved up to No. 2 this past season and played well in two starts when Lulay was hurt.
Unless he’s re-signed by the Lions be Feb. 15, Reilly will become a free agent. The CFL will expand into Ottawa for next season, and some league observers speculate that Reilly might be chosen by that team in the expansion draft.