The Winnipeg Blue Bombers got the job done on offense, defense and specialty teams in a convincing 41-19 victory over the B.C. Lions Saturday night at Investors Group Field.

“It was a good effort,” said Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea in his post-game media scrum. “They needed that. They needed a good effort.”

Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols completed 16-of-29 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in his 2018 CFL debut.

“Felt great,” commented Nichols who suffered a knee injury in practice just over a month ago and missed the first three weeks of the season. “Felt like I missed a few throws that I usually don’t miss. I guess that comes with not playing for a few weeks. I didn’t feel like I should have missed some of those throws but I’ll just continue to get better and make sure you’re better the next week.

Nichols competed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Darvin Adams late in the first quarter.

Backup quarterback Chris Streveler added a pair of one-yard touchdown runs and Andrew Harris also found the end zone from four yards out.

Harris finished the night with 109 yards rushing on just nine carries.

The pass protection was outstanding as the offensive line and running backs did not allow a sack in Nichols’ first game of the season.

“We knew this was his first game back and we wanted to do everything we possibly could to make sure he could stand back there and make the throws that he needed to for us to be successful,” said guard Patrick Neufeld.

Adam Bighill had a stellar game with five tackles and a pair of interceptions.

The former Lions middle linebacker returned a Jonathon Jennings pass 55-yards for pick-six 3:21 into the fourth quarter which extended the Blue Bombers lead to 38-13.

“It’s bragging rights for the week,” answered Bighill when asked how it felt to face his former teammates. “It’s a game that obviously I had circled on my calendar from all my relationships back there and I’m sure they felt the same way about playing me. At the end of the day it’s a lot of fun to compete against the guys you were around for so much of your career. It was fun.”

Defensive back Chris Randle also had an interception and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat record a pair of quarterback sacks.

Justin Medlock added a pair of field goals and was good on all five convert attempts.

The Bombers and Lions will meet again next Saturday in Vancouver.

photo courtesy Winnipeg Football Club

More Sports News

Season 28 Comes to an End

The Eastman Raiders 28th season is over. "It's always a bitter sweet time when we have our windup because it means that there's no more football for a couple of months," said Raiders club president…

Plett, Lesuk Lead Selects To Victory

The Eastman Female AAA Midget Selects got 26 saves out of goalie Emma Plett and Kylie Lesuk had a goal and two assists in a 3-0 win over the Interlake Lightning over the weekend. Shake A Leg It…

Pistons Split Big Series With Stampeders

The Steinbach Pistons won in a thrilling shootout on Saturday night but couldn't carry that momentum over to Sunday where they fell to the Stampeders, in what was a pair of terrific games at the TG…

Provincial Varsity Volleyball Qualifiers

MHSAAVarsity Volleyball Provincial Qualifiers"A" [email protected] HamiotaFinal: Hamiota over Gilbert Plains 25-14, 25-7Semifinal: Gilbert Plains over Melita 25-17, [email protected] ElieFinal: St. Paul’s (Elie) over Ste.…

Steinbach Surrenders Five In Loss To Virden

The Steinach Pistons got off to the start they wanted but couldn't hold on to an early lead and eventually fell 5-3 to the Virden Oil Capitals on Thursday night. Tone Setters Steinbach was able to…

Jets Knock Off Defending Stanley Cup Champs

Ben Chiarot scored the go-ahead goal with 7:09 left in the third period as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 Wednesday night at Bell MTS Place. Blake Wheeler drew an assist of…

Shutout A Topper On Special Night For Steinbach Pistons

The Steinbach Pistons got a pair of goals from Boedey Vateh and Matt Radomsky made 18 saves for his second shutout of the year as Steinbach defeated the rival Winkler Flyers 3-0 at the TG Smith…

Pilots Basketball Teams Start Season With Trio Of Wins

The Providence Pilots women's basketball team opened its 2018-19 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference season with back-to-back victories over the Red River College Rebels last weekend. Second-year…

Strong First Period Propels Selects To Victory

The Eastman Female AAA Midget Selects used three goals in the opening 20 minutes and strong goaltending late to defeat the Central Plains Capitals in Portage La Prarie Friday night. The Selects came…

Bombers Advance to West Final

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers the recorded the franchise's first playoff win since 2011. Andrew Harris rushed for 153 yards and had a late fourth quarter touchdown as Winnipeg defeated the Saskatchewan…

Gutsy Effort Gives Steinbach A Big Road Win

It was a hard-working, hang on late kinda night at Credit Union Place in Dauphin as the Steinbach Pistons held on late to come away with a big win over the Kings on Friday night. Coming Out Hot The…

Five-Point Night for Wheeler

Blake Wheeler was in on every Winnipeg goal as the Jets defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Friday night at Bell MTS Place. The Winnipeg captain scored his third goal of the season into an empty net…

Steinbachonline.com is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Tuesday, November 20th

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
St. Malo at North Wpg, 8 p.m.

MJHL
Selkirk at Wpg Blues, 7 p.m.
Winkler vs Neepawa
@ Morden, 8 p.m.
Virden at OCN, 7 p.m.
Swan Valley at Wayway, 7:30 p.m.

NHL
Edmonton at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
Toronto at Orlando, 6 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Washington, 6 p.m.
Portland at New York, 6:30 p.m.
Brooklyn at Miami, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, November 19th

Zone 13 High School Volleyball
Varsity Girls AAA Final
Niverville over Edward Schreyer
25-7, 25-12, 25-8

MHSAA Volleyball
Wildcard
AAAA JV Girls
St. Mary's over SRSS
25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 23-25, 15-12
AAA JV Boys
Landmark over St. Maurice
26-24, 21-25, 25-18, 25-7
AAA JV Girls
Westgate over Edward Schreyer
25-13, 25-17, 18-25, 20-25, 15-13
A/AA JV Girls
Carberry over Gabrielle Roy
25-18, 25-18, 25-17
Killarney over Niverville
25-11, 25-14, 25-17
St. Paul's (Elie) over Lac du Bonnet
25-17, 25-22, 25-14

WWHSHL
Glenlawn 4 SRSS 0

NHL
Winnipeg 6 Vancouver 3
Toronto 4 Columbus 2
N.Y. Rangers 2 Dallas 1
Buffalo 5 Pittsburgh 4 (OT)
Florida 7 Ottawa 5
Washington 5 Montreal 4 (OT)
Los Angeles 3 St. Louis 0
Nashville 3 Tampa Bay 2
Calgary 7 Vegas 2

NFL
L.A. Rams 54 Kansas City 51

NBA
Detroit 113 Cleveland 102 
Indiana 121 Utah 94 
Philadelphia 119 Phoenix 114 
Charlotte 117 Boston 112 
L.A. Clippers 127 Atlanta 119
Memphis 98 Dallas 88 
Milwaukee 104 Denver 98 
New Orleans 140 San Antonio 126 
Sacramento 117 Oklahoma City 113

Search the Biz Guide

Login