A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the Toronto Argonauts wanted the game more than the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. On Saturday, with the Edmonton Eskimos in town to take on the Bombers, the team that wanted the game more proved to be the victor again. The Blue Bombers were that hungrier of a team to the tune of a 47 to 21 victory over the Eskimos.
Winnipeg came out of the gate ready to play and harassed Eskimo QB Ricky Ray into several sacks in the first three Eskimo drives. On Edmonton’s second drive Ricky Ray’s attempted throw was deflected right into the arms of DT Moton Hopkins. Hopkins lumbered into the endzone from 36 yards out to put the Bombers up and it was a lead the big Blue would never relinquish.
With the pressure the Bombers were putting on the Eskimos, the Green and Gold gave up a safety on an ensuing drive. Leading 9-0 with the defense doing all the heavy lifting, the Bombers offense decided to show up to the party. Back-up QB Steven Jyles led the team down the field with RB Fred Reid carrying the mail for a 37 yard gain and followed up with a 4 yard end around for a 16-0 lead.
The second quarter opened with more of the same for the Bomber offense as a scrambling Jyles found future rookie of the year candidate WR Terence Jeffers-Harris for what should have only been a 10 yard gain. Jeffers-Harris broke the first tackle and raced to the endzone ahead of the Eskimo secondary. With a minute to go before half time the Bombers looked to take a 26-0 lead on a 39 yard fieldgoal attempt. For the first 29 minutes the Bombers owned the Eskimos but in the 30th minute old momentum switched sidelines. The Bombers’ special teams once again proved to be an Achilles heel as the FG attempt was blocked. Ray took his 47 seconds left, marched the Eskimo offense down the field and with a 15 yard TD toss to Jason Barnes made the half time score 23-7.
The second half opened with the Bombers taking possession of the ball and Jyles promptly threw a passl straight to Javier Glatt. The Eskimo LB picked off the pass and Ricky Ray took advantage to put up another TD and close the gap to 9 points. With the crowd silenced and the fear of Ricky Ray driving for a fantastical comeback the Bombers had to dig deep. First the offense moved the ball and Alexis Serna had a second chance with a 45 yard successful field goal that pushed the lead to 12 points. On the ensuing Eskimo drive Ray took the ball down the field inside the Winnipeg 10 yard line where Lavar Glover picked off a pass stealing both the ball and Edmonton’s momentum. Glover returned the interception to the centre stripe in what would become the TSN turning point of the game.
The Blue Bombers added 2 more TDs on the ground, both by Steven Jyles along with a punt return TD by CB Jovon Johnson. Edmonton added another last minute of the half touchdown to make the final score 47-21.
Interesting notes from the game: Edmonton has now given up 50 points in the 4th quarter while only getting back 7. Winnipeg had given up leads of 8-0, 16-0 and 21-0 in its last three games before storming out to a 23-0 margin against the Eskimos. Jason Maas played a good portion of the 4th quarter going one for nine in pass attempts. Edmonton had been attempted to stop a 3 game losing streak while the Bombers stopped a 2 game losing streak to make their record 2-2. The beer cup snake was carefully controlled as any one collecting beer cups was told to cease and desist and those who didn’t were escorted from the premises. Section S was not happy about the increased scrutiny and there may yet be trouble brewing between the Football Club and its patrons in this section. The Bombers next play Saturday July 31st in Calgary. I’ll be camping for most of the weekend and won’t have a report up till late Monday.
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Written by Jim Penner
I've been a life long Manitoban and a fan of the Bombers just as long!