November 10, 2019

Quick Hits West Semi-Final | WPG 35 CGY 14

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Janarion Grant, centre, runs the ball as Calgary Stampeders' Riley Jones closes in during CFL West Semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

5 Quick Takes on the Bombers’ win over the Stamps Sunday afternoon in the Western Semi-Final:

1. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are headed to their second-consecutive Western Final after conquering a demon that has haunted them for eons. And so, keep next Sunday afternoon clear, Bomber Nation, because the blue and gold are headed to Regina for a prairie showdown with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Bombers, who have had some nightmarish visits to Calgary over the years and were 5-28 here in games dating back to 1990, exited McMahon Stadium Sunday afternoon with a scrappy 35-14 victory over the Stampeders, ending the reign of the Grey Cup champions, who had hoped to be playing in the 107th Grey Cup here in Calgary in two weeks.

2. Zach Collaros started for the Bombers and played mistake-free football while connecting with Darvin Adams for a 71-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it was the work of Chris Streveler that seemed to spark not just the offence, but the entire team. Streveler didn’t play in the regular season finale after taking a pounding in the second-last game here in Calgary and had been hobbling around Winnipeg for a couple of weeks while working to get healthy again.

Streveler served up another gritty performance, rushing 12 times for 75 yards, including a 24-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Collaros finished 11 of 21 for 193 yards.

3. Stamps QB Bo Levi Mitchell, meanwhile, had his worst game as a pro, completing just 12 of 28 for 116 yards with one TD and three interceptions – by Nick Taylor, Mercy Maston and Mike Jones.

4. Other notable numbers:

  • The Bombers out-scored Calgary 27-0 in the second half.
  • Andrew Harris rushed 14 times for 57 yards for 195 yards
  • Calgary managed just 207 yards net offence

5. Consider this as a final note: the Bombers and Riders haven’t met in a Western Final since 1972