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Blue Bombers run the Argonauts aground

Winnipeg keeps their winning streak alive with a solid team effort in Toronto.


The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are playing some of their best football of the season coming into this game. Going 2-0 since Mike O’Shea switched starting quarterback duties from Drew Willy to Matt Nichols and the team hasn’t looked back. The Argonauts have also been playing good football, but were off the previous week on a bye, and still found themselves within striking distance of top spot in the Eastern division.

Both teams failed to score any points on their opening possessions.

Later on, a 32-yard field goal off the foot of Lirim Harjullahu gave the Argonauts a 3-0 lead.

A 49-yard field goal from Justin Medlock with just under three minutes in first quarter tied the score at 3-3.

Logan Kilgore, in just his second CFL start, was able to drive the Argos down the field late in the opening quarter, connecting on a 62-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Spencer. After the convert the score was 10-3 Argos heading into the second quarter.

Early on in the second quarter, Thomas Gordon intercepted a Matt Nichols pass and he returned it 19-yards in what looked like a big play for the Argonauts.

The Argonauts turned it over on the very next play as Kevin Fogg picked off Logan Kilgore to steal the momentum right back from Toronto.

Justin Medlock later added a 45-yard field goal to cut the lead to 10-6.

After another Logan Kilgore interception the Bombers made them pay right away, as Matt Nichols found Clarence Denmark for a 29-yard touchdown pass and after the Medlock convert it was suddenly 13-10 to the Blue Bombers – who would hold that lead heading into half time.

It’s been a rough go for the Argonauts at their new digs in BMO Field, but they were still in this game by halftime, while the Bombers just needed to do more of the same to keep the proceedings in their favour.

Kevin Fogg made the first big play of the second half, intercepting Logan Kilgora again at the Winnipeg 17-yard line to set up the Winnipeg offense again.

This set the Bombers up for an 11 play touchdown drive that included a 35-yard completion to Clarence Denmark and culminated in a four-yard touchdown run by Andrew Harris to give Winnipeg a 20-10 lead after the convert. The Bombers were setting themselves up well heading into the final quarter of play.

Only two plays into the final quarter, the Bombers were able to put yet another major score on the board. This time via a 79-yard touchdown catch and run play by Clarence Denmark for his second touchdown of the game. After the convert the score was 27-10.

The woeful passing night continued for Logan Kilgore as he was picked off by Maurice Leggat, who was able to get good blocks down field and return the ball 98-yards for another touchdown. After the Medlock convert the Blue Bomber lead was extended to 34-10.

After yet another interception, Cody Fajardo came in for the rest of the main offensive snaps. He was able to get the Argonauts another touchdown on a 34-yard pass to Lievi Noel and after the convert the score was now 34-17.

That is the score the game would end on as the Blue Bombers move to 3-0 this season with Matt Nichols as their starter.

The Argonauts are still having trouble getting wins at BMO Field and squandered a chance to take the lead in the Eastern Division. Any time they looked to be gaining momentum they were quickly stymied by the Blue Bombers. Logan Kilgore had a night to forget, he went 26/44, with 303-yards and one touchdown pass but the stat that tells it all is five interceptions on the night.

The Bombers, on the other hand, just have to find a way to keep this amazing streak going. Three games ago it appeared that the sky was falling in Winnipeg but this team now seems re-energized since their switch at quarterback. Matt Nichols was sensational again, going 17/28 with 246-yards and two touchdowns plus one interception on the night.

The Argonauts head to Edmonton to take on the Eskimos on August 20, while the Blue Bombers head into a bye week whilst on an incredible run.

Riccardo Di Stefano

RealSport's Lead CFL writer and also a contributor of NHL content. Riccardo currently pursues many media interests as a freelance Master Control Operator for Bell Media in Canada while also running his own, now affiliated stream on Twitch at Twitch.tv/RicD55.

Blue Bombers run the Argonauts aground

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