HAMILTON – Sometimes you need a little luck on your side.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers jumped out to a 22-10 lead at the half, and hung on to beat Hamilton 28-24 for their first victory of the young CFL season. The win included a crucial pick-6 and a no look touchdown catch in the first half.
Justin Medlock’s kicking foot had a key part in both sides of the score. He made 4 of 6 field goal attempts to go along with a pair of singles, making up 14 of Winnipeg’s points. He also had to watch Brandon Banks take one of his two misses 121-yards the other way for Hamilton’s first touchdown. Both of Medlock’s misses were from over 50-yards out.
To go along with the special teams points, the defense chipped in, and in a big way. Moe Leggett intercepted Hamilton quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and took it all the way to the end-zone for the pick-6 in the second quarter. In total the defense forced six turnovers, including a second interception by Leggett.
But the most memorable score of the night may have came from the Bombers’ offense. Drew Willy managed to stick the ball under the arm of an oblivious Ryan Smith for a 4-yard touchdown late in the half. It would end up as the only offensive touchdown for the Bombers.
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Despite the one short touchdown pass it was a solid start from Winnipeg’s Drew Willy, who completed 32 of 42 passes for 279 yards and no interceptions.
With the win the Bombers move to a 1-2 record early in the CFL season. They return home to Winnipeg to face Edmonton at Investors Group Field on Thursday July 14.