The Winnipeg Blue Bombers played an inspired football game just two days after the sudden passing of defensive line and assistant head coach Richard Harris and beat the British Columbia Lions 25-20 on Thursday night at Canad Inns Stadium.
Backup quarterback Alex Brink led the Winnipeg offence on an eight play 75-yard drive and found Terrence Edwards with a 22-yard touchdown pass with 3:36 left for the winning score. Brink played the entire fourth quarter.
Alex Brink talked about Thursday's victory over the Lions.
Buck Pierce delivers his touchdown pass to Clarence Denmark
Starter Buck Pierce, who completed 11-of-18 for 206 yards and one touchdown…that being an 82 yarder to Clarence Denmark, suffered a strained calf muscle on his left leg early in the game and aggravated the injury on a quarterback draw when he was tackled by Lions defensive end Aaron Hunt with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Bombers celebrate Clarence Denmark's 82 yard touchdown
Both kickers were outstanding. Winnipeg’s Justin Palardy was good from 41, 20, 38 and 24 yards out. B.C.’s Paul McCallum was also good on all four of his attempts.
Winnipeg head coach Paul LaPolice talked about his team's performance just two days after the passing of coach Richard Harris.
The Bombers defense recorded six quarterback sacks and stopped the Lions on third and 10 from the Winnipeg 43 with two minutes left.
Blue Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown talked about the pre-game tribute to coach Harris.
The Bombers, who were 4-14 last season, are 4-1 and off to their best start since 2003. Winnipeg will host the West Division leading Edmonton Eskimos on Friday, August 5th.
The Blue Bombers and Lions gathered for a moment of silence to remember Winnipeg defensive line coach & assistant head coach Richard Harris