One week after suffering a disappointing 29-10 loss to the Calgary Stampeders in a game in which they failed to score a point in the second half, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers dug deep and defeated the Toronto Argonauts 33-25 Thursday night in front of 25,008 football fans at Investors Group Field.

"It was a dog fight for four quarters," said Winnipeg quarterback Matt Nichols. "It took four complete quarters to win this one. All three phases contributed. It was a complete team win. It was great especially for a lot of young guys on this team to play in a game like that and come away with a win. That's what this league is all about. It's going to be tough battles like that each and every week and we found a way to win."

Nichols completed 20-of-36 pass attempts for 228 yards.

It took just 14 seconds for the home team to put points on the board. Ryan Lankford took the opening kickoff from former Bomber Lirim Hajrullahu and went 104 yards for a touchdown.

"It gets guys fired up," said Lankford. "Anytime that I can get an opportunity to fire the team up, or just make my play regardless if that's running the kick back or catching a one-yard pass - that's really what I'm trying to do. Just do my job and put my team in position to win the game."

Hajrullahu was six-for-six in the field goal kicking department for the Argonauts.

Justin Medlock was good on his four attempts for Winnipeg which included a 55-yarder with 66 seconds left in the first half.

The Bombers gained 91 hard fought yards on the ground - 81 of those by Andrew Harris who recorded a pair of short touchdown runs.

"It felt really good to find the end zone," said Harris. "The biggest thing was just getting traction with the running game. We were chewing up yards early in the first quarter. It felt like we were able to run inside and outside. Anytime you get the running game going it just opens up so much more for the offense."

The Winnipeg defense came up big late in the fourth quarter forcing a turnover on downs with 1:41 left on the clock when Toronto had the ball at the Blue Bombers 20-yard line.

The Argos, who trailed by eight points, did get the ball back with 58 seconds left.

TJ Heath sealed the Bombers second win of the season when he picked off a Ricky Ray pass on second and 10 from the Toronto 40-yard line.

"We finished that game," said Blue Bombers defensive end Jamaal Westerman. "It could have went either way in the fourth quarter or the second half of the game. The defense held and the offense did what they had to do to finish that game."

Winnipeg's next game is Friday, July 21st in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions.


photos courtesy Merle Peters

 

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Saturday, November 18th

CSHL
Grunthal 11 Lac du Bonnet 1

HTJHL
Mitchell at Steinbach, 8 p.m.
Springfield at St. Adolphe, 8 p.m.

MJHL
Selkirk at OCN, 7 p.m.
Virden at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
Dauphin at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Thrashers 6 Kenora 2
Southwest vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.
Interlake at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Bruins 3 Yellowhead 2
Pembina Valley 5 Central Plains 4

NHL
Winnipeg 5 New Jersey 2
Calgary 5 Philadelphia 4 (OT)
Dallas 6 Edmonton 3
Arizona 3 Ottawa 2 (OT)
Los Angeles 4 Florida 0
N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 6 .m.
Chicago at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
Carolina 3 Buffalo 1
Toronto at Montreal, 6 p.m.
Minnesota at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
Colorado at Nashville, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
Boston at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
Charlotte 102 L.A. Clippers 87
Utah 125 Orlando 85
Boston 110 Atlanta 99
Golden State 124 Philadelphia 116
Houston at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Sacramento at Portland, 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 19th

CFL
East Division Final
Saskatchewan at Toronto, 12 p.m.
West Division Final
Edmonton at Calgary, 3:30 p.m.

NFL
Tampa Bay at Miami, 12 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago, 12 p.m.
Jacksonville at Cleveland, 12 p.m.
Baltimore at Green Bay, 12 p.m.
Arizona at Houston, 12 p.m.
L.A. Rams at Minnesota, 12 p.m.
Washington at New Orleans, 12 p.m.
Kansas City at New York, 12 p.m.
Buffalo at L.A. Chargers. 3:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Denver, 3:25 p.m.
New England at Oakland, 3:25 p.m.
Philadelphia at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

MJHL
Steinbach at Portage, 6:30 p.m.
Selkirk at Waywayseecappo, 4 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman at Brandon, 1:30 p.m.
Central Plains at Wpg Wild, 1:30 p.m.
Interlake vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 2 p.m.
Yellowhead at Wpg Thrashers, 1 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Wpg Bruins
@ Morden, 2:30 p.m.

City AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman vs Wpg Monarchs
@ Steinbach, 1:30 p.m.

WHL
Swift Current at Brandon, 4 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba vs Laval
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.

NHL
N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Colorado at Detroit, 5 p.m.
Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers
Florida at Anaheim, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Vegas, 7 p.m.

NBA
Washington at Toronto, 2:30 p.m.
Indiana at Miami, 4 p.m.
Golden State at Brooklyn, 5 p.m.
Detroit at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.

 

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