Nichols, Bombers beat Redblacks in OT for third straight win
Jovan Santos-Knox recovered a fumble in extra time and held on to it because the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prevented a disastrous loss to the Ottawa Redblacks.
After the Redblacks got here from 15 factors down within the closing 5 minutes to drive extra time, Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols accomplished a landing move to Weston Dressler, then made a two-point conversion earlier than Santos-Knox’s a fumble restoration to flee Ottawa with a 40-32 win on Friday evening.
“Profitable is successful,” the Bombers dashing chief mentioned. “There’s clearly totally different ways in which occurs whenever you have a look at the anatomy of a sport and break it down. I’ve been preaching this and speaking about this — it’s about having all three phases contribute with no letdowns. Sure, there needs to be good yardage from the offence and large performs on defence and stymied yardage on returns and large kicks by (Justin) Medlock. We simply haven’t put all of it collectively in a sport but. We’re getting shut and that’s one factor that’s constructive about this group as we’re coming collectively and making an attempt to peak towards the tip of the season.
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“It has been mentioned various occasions, a big-time participant making an enormous time play when his teammates want it probably the most. He did simply that,” Bombers coach Mike O’Shea mentioned of Santos Knox.
“They’re able to that each week,” mentioned Harris, who leads the league in completions (330) and completion proportion (68.5%). “They’ve nice personnel, their scheme is superior and (bombers defensive co-ordinator) Richie Corridor is no one to mess with. Shoot, you have a look at his monitor document … they generate turnovers and so they make performs and so they create stress.”
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“I believed defence did not have the tip of the fourth quarter they wished however they battle arduous within the extra time ended up successful the sport for us.”
“I ought to have hung onto the ball and it falls on me in the long run. It should not have ended that approach however it did and we have got to maneuver on previous it,” Sinopoli mentioned. “Clearly we might like to complete once we get into the purple zone, however in the long run it comes all the way down to easy soccer.”
“It’s no totally different than me watching it on TV,” Harris mentioned. “It’s not like we’re going towards one another. I’m simply watching the man play. I positively have a whole lot of respect for what he does. The most important factor is the sturdiness and the way constant he’s been week after week. He’s having an incredible season.”
On a constructive notice for the Redblacks, Lewis Ward kicked three area objectives to set the CFL document for consecutive area objectives made.
Ward tied Rene Paredes’s document of 39 made kicks, set over the 2012-13 season with the Calgary Stampeders, at 11:41 of the third quarter with a 42-yard boot.
Nonetheless, it is a ‘What have you ever performed for us recently?’ league and the Bombers will should be simply as forceful on defence — and extra environment friendly on offence — to maintain their modest two-game successful streak going towards the 8-5 Redblacks, who lead the East Division.
After Winnipeg fumbled on the following possession, Ward rapidly tied the document with a 40-yard area objective at 14:17, slicing the Bombers result in 22-17.
Winnipeg’s defence was actually higher final week, when it generated seven turnovers and didn’t permit a landing in a 30-Three pummelling of the Edmonton Eskimos. Harris believes that’s nearer to the norm than what he noticed in August.
“It is fairly particular,” Ward mentioned following the sport in a sombre Redblacks locker-room.
“I anticipated to do effectively on this league,” mentioned Ward. “I am unsure if I anticipated this as a result of I did not come right here to attempt to break any information or something like that. Proper now it hasn’t fairly sunken in however I will ship a while with household, teammates and associates after which it is going to most likely sink in.”
Nichols accomplished 27-of-36 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, together with a 12-yard strike in extra time.
After Nichols linked on a 12-yard TD move to Dressler and Justin Medlock had a 27-yard area objective to take a 32-17 lead with simply over 11 minutes gone within the fourth quarter, the Redblacks went to work.
They’ve momentum behind them after posting convincing wins over Montreal and Edmonton, however the ups and downs groups have skilled throughout the league recommend it’s clever to count on the sudden.
“We had been in management for the primary couple of quarters and so they did a very good job storming again. I felt like this group did an incredible job of responding. If you’ve obtained a 15-point lead with 4 minutes left and also you see it disappear it will be simple to say we blew it. That is not the mindset of this group.”
That places all of the extra stress on the Bombers defence to do the identical, although a breakout sport from quarterback Matt Nichols or anybody within the receiving corps would make an enormous distinction for Winnipeg.
Harris threw a 33-yard landing move to Julian Feoli-Gudino at 11:15…