Ottawa Rolls Over Winnipeg

Ottawa Rolls Over Winnipeg

What a difference a week makes.

Last week the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were riding high after a victory over the Hamilton Tiger Cats in front of a raucous crowd at Investors Group Field.

- PHOTOS BY JIM MILLER for MANITOBA POST

A week later, the same raucous crowd showed up, but a completely different Bomber team took to the field as the Ottawa Redblacks controlled all facets of the game en route to a 44-21 beating of the Bombers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Redblacks QB Trevor Harris picked apart the Bomber defence all night long, finishing the night with 361 yards through the air while the offence accumulated 500 total yards, the most given up by Winnipeg this season.

Penalties and undisciplined play hurt the Bombers on numerous occasions throughout the evening, keeping the Redblacks drives alive in the process. And they capitalized.

Ottawa struck first when former Bomber and now backup quarterback Dominique Davis scored his first of two touchdowns on the night, plunging in from a yard out to cap off a 10-play, 66-yard drive. A successful two-point convert had the Redblacks up 8-0.

Winnipeg answered a few minutes later when Matt Nichols threw a perfect pass from midfield right into the fingertips of Darvin Adams streaking into the end zone to get Winnipeg back in the game, trailing 8-7.

It looked as though the momentum had completely shifted back to Winnipeg when Maurice Leggett picked up a Harris fumble on Ottawa’s next possession, but the Bomber offence couldn’t take advantage, and eventually had to punt the ball away.

Just over three minutes into the second quarter Davis would once again run the ball in from the one-yard line. Ottawa once again capitalized on a two-point convert, and led 16-7.

Lewis Ward kicked a pair of field goals from 41 and 38 yards respectively to extend the Redblacks lead to 22-7 at the half.

Winnipeg tried to claw their way back into the game in the third quarter. Andrew Harris, who finished the game with 72 yards on the ground along with 11 through the air, took a direct snap and ran the ball in from 13 yards, giving Winnipeg some life and with a converted convert from Justin Medlock, the Bombers trailed 22-14.

Ottawa answered on their next drive, picking on Bomber DB Kevin Fogg. After a Fogg pass interference penalty kept the Ottawa drive alive, Harris found Dominique Rhymes who found his way behind Fogg, with a 56-yard bomb to the Bomber five-yard line. Harris went right back to Rhymes on the next play who once again got behind Fogg and scored his first career CFL touchdown. Another successful two-point convert had the Redblacks up 30-14.

Things went from bad to worse for Winnipeg on the next drive when Nichols had his arm hit while attempting a throw, and the fumble was picked up by Avery Williams who ran it back 43 yards for the score.

In the fourth Winnipeg tried to get some life, and on the first play of the final quarter Nichols found Adams with another strike, this one for 72 yards and a touchdown, and Winnipeg cut the lead to 38-21. Adams had his best night of the season, finishing with eight receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Ottawa would add another touchdown in what was a night to forget for the Bombers who fall to 5-4 on the season. Ottawa improves to 6-3 with the win.

Midway through the fourth quarter rookie backup quarterback Chris Streveler came in for Nichols who had taken a hard hit and after completing a few passes and sustaining the drive, Nichols came back out to a chorus of boos from crowd after giving up a turnover on downs with an incomplete pass on third and two.

The Good

Darvin Adams finished with 162 yards receiving, and was the first Bomber receiver this season to go over 100-yards receiving in a game.

Andrew Harris had 72 yards on the ground and surpassed 7,000 career rushing yards.

The Bad

Defence gave up a season-high 500 yards in total offence.

Penalties and undisciplined play cost Winnipeg, keeping drives alive for Ottawa all night long.

Both offence and defense were unable to sustain any momentum on the night.

It doesn’t get any easier for Winnipeg who head west to face the undefeated Calgary Stampeders next Saturday, August 25th in a key Western division tilt. A week later, the same raucous crowd showed up, but a completely different Bomber team took to the field as the Ottawa Redblacks controlled all facets of the game en route to a 44-21 beating of the Bombers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Redblacks QB Trevor Harris picked apart the Bomber defence all night long, finishing the night with 361 yards through the air while the offence accumulated 500 total yards, the most given up by Winnipeg this season.

Penalties and undisciplined play hurt the Bombers on numerous occasions throughout the evening, keeping the Redblacks drives alive in the process. And they capitalized.

Ottawa struck first when former Bomber and now backup quarterback Dominique Davis scored his first of two touchdowns on the night, plunging in from a yard out to cap off a 10-play, 66-yard drive. A successful two-point convert had the Redblacks up 8-0.

Winnipeg answered a few minutes later when Matt Nichols threw a perfect pass from midfield right into the fingertips of Darvin Adams streaking into the end zone to get Winnipeg back in the game, trailing 8-7.

It looked as though the momentum had completely shifted back to Winnipeg when Maurice Leggett picked up a Harris fumble on Ottawa’s next possession, but the Bomber offence couldn’t take advantage, and eventually had to punt the ball away.

Just over three minutes into the second quarter Davis would once again run the ball in from the one-yard line. Ottawa once again capitalized on a two-point convert, and led 16-7.

Lewis Ward kicked a pair of field goals from 41 and 38 yards respectively to extend the Redblacks lead to 22-7 at the half.

Winnipeg tried to claw their way back into the game in the third quarter. Andrew Harris, who finished the game with 72 yards on the ground along with 11 through the air, took a direct snap and ran the ball in from 13 yards, giving Winnipeg some life and with a converted convert from Justin Medlock, the Bombers trailed 22-14.

Ottawa answered on their next drive, picking on Bomber DB Kevin Fogg. After a Fogg pass interference penalty kept the Ottawa drive alive, Harris found Dominique Rhymes who found his way behind Fogg, with a 56-yard bomb to the Bomber five-yard line. Harris went right back to Rhymes on the next play who once again got behind Fogg and scored his first career CFL touchdown. Another successful two-point convert had the Redblacks up 30-14.

Things went from bad to worse for Winnipeg on the next drive when Nichols had his arm hit while attempting a throw, and the fumble was picked up by Avery Williams who ran it back 43 yards for the score.

In the fourth Winnipeg tried to get some life, and on the first play of the final quarter Nichols found Adams with another strike, this one for 72 yards and a touchdown, and Winnipeg cut the lead to 38-21. Adams had his best night of the season, finishing with eight receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Ottawa would add another touchdown in what was a night to forget for the Bombers who fall to 5-4 on the season. Ottawa improves to 6-3 with the win.

Midway through the fourth quarter rookie backup quarterback Chris Streveler came in for Nichols who had taken a hard hit and after completing a few passes and sustaining the drive, Nichols came back out to a chorus of boos from crowd after giving up a turnover on downs with an incomplete pass on third and two.

The Good

Darvin Adams finished with 162 yards receiving, and was the first Bomber receiver this season to go over 100-yards receiving in a game.

Andrew Harris had 72 yards on the ground and surpassed 7,000 career rushing yards.

The Bad

Defence gave up a season-high 500 yards in total offence.

Penalties and undisciplined play cost Winnipeg, keeping drives alive for Ottawa all night long.

Both offence and defense were unable to sustain any momentum on the night.

It doesn’t get any easier for Winnipeg who head west to face the undefeated Calgary Stampeders next Saturday, August 25th in a key Western division tilt.

- PHOTOS BY JIM MILLER

TOPICS:   Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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