The Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost their fourth game of the season and also lost their starting quarterback.

The Hamilton Tigers-Cats owned the football Friday night and beat the Blue Bombers 30-13 at Investors Group Field.

“They came in here and right from the start they flew around with a little more energy than us and played more physically than us,” said Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea. “We got behind early and then they controlled the ball and the clock. We didn’t run a lot of offensive plays and we didn’t get off the field on defense. Overall the bottom line is they made more plays than us. It’s one loss. We’ve lost three games already this year and this is one more. We’ll figure it out. The guys will come in ready to work Saturday and make some corrections and be better next time.”

The visitors won the time of possession battle as the Tiger-Cats had the ball for just over 38 minutes compared to just under 22 minutes for the Blue Bombers.

Hamilton quarterback Jeremiah Mosoli threw two touchdown passes including a 60-yard bomb to Brandon Banks 95 seconds into the game.

The Bombers, who saw their record fall to 10-4, did the chasing the rest of the night and couldn't catch a Tiger-Cats team that won just three times prior to Friday's game.

“Masoli scrambled really well creating time in that pocket,” said Winnipeg defensive back Chris Randle who got beat by Banks on that opening touchdown. “We knew that though going in. He capitalized on his opportunities and made plays.”

Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols suffered a hand injury late in the first quarter but continued to play.

He threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Timothy Flanders early in the second quarter.

His final pass of the first half turned out to be his final pass of the game as Nichols was intercepted by Richard Leonard at the Hamilton seven-yard line with four seconds left in the second quarter.

Dom Davis took over the offense in the second half.

Running back Andrew Harris says it was tough to watch Nichols have to call it a night.

“He’s our leader. Anytime a key player, a guy that you look to to make plays, an impact player – it’s going to be tough on you. I felt like Dom did a good job when he went in there. He controlled the atmosphere pretty well. We just couldn’t get enough plays to get the win.”

Nichols completed 14-of-18 passes for 184 yards while Davis was good on 9-of-14 for 84 yards.

“I could have done a better job of moving the chains,” said Davis. “Some second downs I took a couple of shots where I could have checked it down and probably got a first down. That’s something I’ll look at in film and fix the corrections there.”

It's the first time the Bombers lost to an East Division team this season.

Winnipeg’s next game is Saturday, October 14th at home against the B.C. Lions.


photos courtesy Merle Peters


 

 

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Thursday, November 15th

Zone 4 High School AAA Volleyball
Varsity Girls Final
Miller at Sanford, 5:30 p.m.
Varsity Boys Final
Morden vs Miller
@ Altona, 5:30 p.m.

MHSAA Volleyball
Inter-Zone
AAAA Junior Varsity Girls
Northlands Parkway vs Vincent Massey
@ Brandon, 4 p.m.
AAAA Junior Varsity Boys
Northlands Parkway vs Vincent Massey
@ Brandon, 5:45 p.m.
AAA Junior Varsity Boys
Miller vs Virden
@ Treherne, 7 p.m.
AAAA Varsity Girls
Garden Valley vs Vincent Massey
@ Brandon, 4 p.m.
AAAA Varsity Boys
Garden Valley vs Vincent Massey
@ Brandon, 5:45 p.m.

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
PCI vs Miller
@ Portage, 7:30 p.m.
Pembina at Morden, 8 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Bantam Hockey League
Pembina Valley at Wpg Sharks, 7:45 p.m.

MJHL
Steinbach at Virden, 7:30 p.m.

NHL
New Jersey at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
Florida at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Montreal at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Toronto at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

NFL
Green Bay at Seattle, 7:20 p.m.

NBA
Golden State at Houston, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Denver, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14th

SEMHL
Carman 4 Notre Dame 1

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Miller 11 Carman 0
Morris 10 Morden 2
Pembina 5 Garden Valley 2  

MJHL
Portage 8 Selkirk 2
Swan Valley 9 Neepawa 3
Dauphin 4 Wpg Blues 0

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman 3 Interlake 2

AHL
Manitoba 5 Texas 4

NHL
Winnipeg 3 Washington 1
Chicago 1 St. Louis 0
Colorado 6 Boston 3
Vegas 5 Anaheim 0

NBA
Detroit 106 Toronto 104
Orlando 111 Philadelphia 106
Washington 119 Cleveland 95
Miami 120 Brooklyn 107
Boston 111 Chicago 82
Memphis 116 Milwaukee 113
Minnesota 107 New Orleans 100
Oklahoma City 128 New York 103
Dallas 118 Utah 68
Phoenix 116 San Antonio 96
L.A. Lakers 126 Portland 117

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