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

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Saturday, September 22nd

CFL
Ottawa 28 Edmonton 15
Saskatchewan 30 Toronto 29
B.C. 35 Hamilton 32 (OT)

MJHL
Selkirk 2 Steinbach 1
Dauphin 4 Virden 2
Swan Valley 5 OCN 2
Winkler 4 Neepawa 3 (SO)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Exhibition
Eastman 7 Kenora 

Central Plains Capitals
Female AAA Midget Showcase
@ Portage
Eastman 2 Central Plains 0
Weyburn 2 Eastman 0

WHL
Brandon 4 Moose Jaw 2

Major League Baseball
American League
Toronto 5 Tampa Bay 2
New York 3 Baltimore 2 (11 innings)
Detroit 5 Kansas City 4
Cleveland 5 Boston 4 (11 innings)
Houston 10 Los Angeles 5
Seattle 13 Texas 0
Minnesota at Oakland, 8:05 p.m.
National League
St. Louis 5 San Francisco 4 (10 innings)
Atlanta 5 Philadelphia 3
Washington 6 New York 0
Pittsburgh 3 Milwaukee 0
Miami 5 Cincinnati 1
Colorado 5 Arizona 1
San Diego at Los Angeles, 8:10 p.m.
Interleague
Chi Cubs 8 Chi White Sox 3

Sunday, September 23rd

Manitoba Minor Football Association
PeeWee
Eastman vs Valour Pirates
@ Wpg, 9 a.m.
Atom
Eastman vs St. Vital (Red)
@ Wpg, 2:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Exhibition
Eastman at Kenora, 1:30 p.m.

Central Plains Capitals
Female AAA Midget Showcase
@ Portage
Eastman vs Wpg Avros, 9:15 a.m.

MJHL
Selkirk at Waywayseecappo, 4 p.m.
Winnipeg at Portage, 6:30 p.m.
Dauphin at Virden, 7:30 p.m.

NHL
Exhibition
Edmonton at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Major league Baseball
American League
Baltimore at New York, 12:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 12:07 p.m.
Kansas City at Detroit, 12:10 p.m.
Los Angeles at Houston, 1:10 p.m.
Seattle at Texas, 2:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Oakland, 3;05 p.m.
Boston at Cleveland, 6:08 p.m.
National League
Cincinnati at Miami, 12:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.
Philadelphia at Atlanta, 12:35 p.m.
New York at Washington, 12:35 p.m.
San Franciso at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.
Colorado at Arizona, 3:10 p.m.
San Diego at Los Angeles, 3:10 p.m.
Interleague
Chi Cubs at Chi White Sox, 1:10 p.m.

NFL
Buffalo at Minnesota, 12 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at Houston, 12 p.m.
Green Bay at Washington, 12 p.m.
San Francisco at Kansas City, 12 p.m.
Oakland at Miami, 12 p.m.
Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
Tennesse at Jacksonville, 12 p.m.
Cincinnati at Carolina, 12 p.m.
Denver at Baltimore, 12 p.m.
New Orleans at Atlanta, 12 p.m.
L.A. Chargers at L.A. Rams, 3:05 p.m.
Chicago at Arizona, 3:25 p.m.
Dallas at Seattle, 3:25 p.m.
New England at Detroit, 7:20 p.m.

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