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Sports Winnipeg Blue Bombers trounce B.C. Lions 45-0 for 8th straight win

06:05  24 october  2021
06:05  24 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

Harris's two TDs power Bombers past Elks 30-3; Winnipeg wins sixth straight

  Harris's two TDs power Bombers past Elks 30-3; Winnipeg wins sixth straight WINNIPEG — Andrew Harris ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers extended their win streak to six games with a 30-3 rout of the Edmonton Elks on Friday. It was the 27th time in his 11-year career that the Winnipeg-born Harris has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game. He scored both his TDs in the fourth quarter. The Bombers boosted their CFL-leading record to 8-1, while the Elks suffered their fourth straight loss and fell to 2-6. Winnipeg has now won 16 of its past 17 games at IG Field, with 27,388 fans taking in Friday's game.

WINNIPEG — Zach Collaros passed for 267 yards and three touchdowns to help the Winnipeg Blue Bombers clinch first place in the CFL West Division with a dominant 45-0 blanking of the B.C. Lions on Saturday.

  Winnipeg Blue Bombers trounce B.C. Lions 45-0 for 8th straight win © Provided by The Canadian Press

It was Winnipeg's eighth straight victory and boosted the club's record to 10-1 in front of 23,750 fans at IG Field, where the team will host the division final on Dec. 5.

The Bombers will host a divisional final for the first time since 2011 and the first West final since 1972. They also spent time in the East Division.

The loss dropped the Lions to 4-6 and extended their losing streak to four games.

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The last time Winnipeg held an opponent scoreless was Oct. 13, 2018, in a 31-0 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The defending Grey Cup-champion Bombers, who have a bye next week, earned touchdowns on offence, defence and special teams.

Kenny Lawler caught touchdown passes of 14 and five yards and Rasheed Bailey added another with a 17-yard reception. Kicker Ali Mourtada was good on six converts and Marc Liegghio booted a single. B.C. conceded two singles.

Second-year Bombers running back Brady Oliveira, making his fourth start this season in place of injured Andrew Harris, scored his first career TD on a two-yard run in the third quarter. The Winnipeg-born 24-year-old finished with 17 carries for 65 yards.

Winnipeg defensive end Willie Jefferson intercepted Lions quarterback Michael Reilly and ran 39 yards for his TD.

Blue Bombers can clinch first-place finish in West Division with victory over Lions

  Blue Bombers can clinch first-place finish in West Division with victory over Lions TORONTO — After punching their playoff ticket last week, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers can solidify a shorter route to the 2021 Grey Cup. The Bombers (9-1) can cement top spot in the West Division on Saturday with a home victory over the B.C. Lions (4-5). Winnipeg, the defending Grey Cup champion, became the first team to clinch a playoff berth Friday night with a 26-16 victory over the Edmonton Elks. A first-place finish would secure Winnipeg the right to host the West Division final Dec. 5 versus the winner of the conference semifinal Nov. 28. But the Bombers could still clinch a home playoff game even with a loss. If B.C.

With 2:05 left in the game, Janarion Grant returned a punt 63 yards for a major.

Lions placekicker Jimmy Camacho missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt.

Collaros was replaced by Sean McGuire midway through the fourth quarter after completing 16-of-20 pass attempts with the three TDs and no interceptions. Reilly was 15-for-31 for 131 yards and one interception.

Winnipeg led 15-0 after the first quarter, 16-0 at halftime and 30-0 after the third.

Each of the Bombers' first-quarter TD drives featured big-yardage plays.

A Grant 32-yard punt return got the Bombers started at B.C.'s 34-yard line and then Lawler stretched up for his 14-yard catch in the end zone at 5:38.

B.C. conceded a single on the following kickoff and Winnipeg led 8-0.

Bombers receiver Darvin Adams burst down the field for a 52-yard catch-and-run, with B.C. defensive back Marcus Sayles (a former Bomber) making the TD-saving tackle. The drive ended with Bailey's 17-yard TD reception in the end zone at 11:10.

Bombers trounce Lions 45-0 for 8th straight win, clinch 1st place in West Division

  Bombers trounce Lions 45-0 for 8th straight win, clinch 1st place in West Division WINNIPEG — Willie Jefferson was proud the Winnipeg Blue Bombers showed their all-round skills with a 45-0 blanking of the B.C. Lions on Saturday that clinched first place in the West Division. The defending Grey Cup-champion Bombers earned touchdowns on offence, defence and special teams, including defensive end Jefferson intercepting Lions quarterback Michael Reilly and running 39 yards for a touchdown. “That’s the type of ball that we want to put on display – three phases of football, giving it all we got for our fans and for the CFL to see,” said Jefferson, who rolled in the end zone and strutted with the football as his teammates celebrated and fans cheered.

Reilly marched the Lions down to Winnipeg's 39-yard line late in the first quarter, but a dropped pass by Bryan Burnham and a knocked-down pass attempt halted the drive. Camacho then missed his field-goal try.

The Lions continued to start drives deep in their own end and had to concede a punt single with 1:51 left in the half to give Winnipeg a 16-0 lead.

At halftime, Reilly was 7-of-14 passing for 53 yards. Collaros was 12-for-15 for 206 yards.

Oliveira's TD run at 7:11 ended a 10-play, 88-drive that was aided by a pass-interference penalty on B.C., and one for roughing the passer that was unsuccessfully challenged by Lions head coach Rick Campbell.

After Jefferson intercepted Reilly and ran into the end zone, he rolled and then got up to celebrate with his defensive teammates and strut with the football to cheers of fans.

Lawler's second TD at 1:57 of the fourth quarter came after a B.C. turnover on downs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2021.

The Canadian Press

Als come close against Bombers, but close isn't good enough against CFL's best team .
They were like two boxers going toe-to-toe, trading punches in the centre of the ring before the champion prevailed with a late flurry. Call it a decision — not a knockout — for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Alouettes proved they could play with the Bombers — for three quarters, at least — Saturday night on the road. But the Als also failed to score a point over the final 28 minutes, this team’s inability to play four solid quarters again proving to be its downfall. The Bombers scored 10 unanswered points in the final period, which proved the difference in this 31-21 victory .

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