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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The Bombers defeated the Elks and moved to 7-0 on the season

Bombers defeat Elks to get to 7-0 on the season

Key Takeaways:

  • The Bombers defeated the Edmonton Elks 24-10 on Friday night to improve to 7-0 overall, continuing their new season.
  • Because of injury, the Bombers were without their top receiver in the CFL, Greg Ellingson, and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers keep coming up with new strategies for victory.

The Bombers extended their unbeaten campaign on Friday night, defeating the Edmonton Elks 24-10 to get to 7-0 overall.

The Blue and Gold did not exactly create an offensive masterpiece, but they were unquestionably opportunistic.

“We made enough progress to triumph. After the game, Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea said, “I felt our defense was pretty good again.

They took many shots, but restricting them to 10 points is a commendable feat. When we needed it in the fourth, we had a really beautiful long drive on offense and scored. In general, I’m really happy.

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Zach Collaros, the Bombers’ quarterback, only completed seven of his attempts and threw two interceptions, yet two of those catches resulted in touchdowns.

The Bombers gained excellent field position early in the game when Elks quarterback Taylor Cornelius’ pass was deflected by linebacker Malik Clements of the Bombers and intercepted by Deatrick Nichols at the Edmonton 26.

For a 26-yard touchdown on the next play, Collaros connected with Rasheed Bailey in the end zone.

Later in the quarter, the two kickers would trade field goals. Former Bomber Sergio Castillo would make one from 52 yards for the Elks, while Marc Liegghio would make a chip shot from 20 yards away, scoring 10-3 after one.

Early in the second quarter, Castillo added a second field goal, this time from 44 yards out, cutting the deficit to 10-6.

With just over a minute left in half, Collaros connected with Dalton Schoen, who could slip past the Edmonton defense and return it 81 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bombers an 11-point lead.

Schoen remarked that when we play our finest ball, we are confident that we can win.

“No matter who is in the locker room, we have complete faith in every one of the men. As an offense, we are sure that the defense will succeed in keeping them out of the end zone and also returning the ball to us.

Bombers defeat Elks to get to 7-0 on the season
Bombers defeat Elks to get to 7-0 on the season. Image from CBC News

Castillo scored the lone points in the third quarter with a 27-yard field goal and a 48-yard attempt that was blocked, cutting the deficit to 17-10 after three quarters.

However, a 9:27 fourth-quarter Bombers drive ended with a one-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Dru Brown sealed the victory.

Greg Ellingson, the CFL’s top receiver, and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat were absent from the game due to injuries for the Bombers.

All five of Winnipeg’s sacks in the contest came in the first half.

Brady Oliveira had an intense night rushing the ball for the Bombers, accumulating 62 yards on just 13 attempts.

Following a stellar debut last week, rookie receiver Carlton Agudosi departed the game in the 4th quarter due to an injury and also did not come back. On Friday night, he failed to make a catch.

On Saturday, July 30, the Bombers travel to Calgary to take on the 4-1 Calgary Stampeders in their next game. The pregame program on 680 CJOB starts at 4 p.m., and kickoff happens just after 6 p.m.

Source: Global News

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