Banjo beat down: Bombers get revenge on Riders

Judy Owen, Canadian Press

Maurice Leggett has at least three reasons to always remember the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ 48-28 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday.

The veteran linebacker returned a punt 97 yards for a touchdown, grabbed an interception and ran 54 yards for a score and had a special family member watching among the sold-out crowd of 33,134 at Investors Group Field.

“This is a great game to remember,” Leggett said. “This is the first game my mom’s actually seen me play in Canada.”

The 30-year-old Pennsylvania native is in his fourth CFL season, all with Winnipeg, but also has 22 games with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs on his football resume.

The victory halted Saskatchewan’s three-game win streak, evening its record to 5-5 while Winnipeg moves to 8-3 in the competitive CFL West Division.

Leggett’s performance was also admired by teammate Clarence Denmark, who recorded his own pair of TDs with catches of 12 and 18 yards from quarterback Matt Nichols.

“Moe, man, he’s an awesome, awesome athlete,” Denmark said of Leggett. “I’m glad he’s on our side.”

Denmark now has six TDs this season, including another pair in a win against Montreal two games ago.

Leggett’s interception of a Kevin Glenn pass gave Winnipeg a 37-20 lead midway through the third quarter.

Things would soon get worse for Glenn, who suffered an injury to his throwing hand during his team’s next series. He was replaced by Toronto-born pivot Brandon Bridge.

Riders head coach and general manager Chris Jones didn’t have an update on how serious the injury was to the 17-year veteran, who was guiding the club out of an early-season hole.

“If your starting quarterback’s not there, it’s concerning for everybody,” Jones said. “It’s a concern, no doubt.”

Winnipeg’s scoring also included backup quarterback Dan LeFevour plunging in for a one-yard major and receiver Ryan Lankford catching a 23-yard TD reception. Kicker Justin Medlock went wide on a 48-yard field-goal attempt, but hit one from 36 yards out. He made all six of his converts and added singles of 84, 85 and 90 yards.

Saskatchewan also had some explosive plays in the rematch that failed to follow up on the Riders’ 38-24 victory in last weekend’s Labour Day Classic.

The Riders put up a pair of long catch-and-run touchdowns, an 88-yarder by Duron Carter and a 75-yard reception from Naaman Roosevelt.

Saskatchewan got a one-yard TD run from Winnipeg native Kienan LaFrance, who was replacing injured running back Cameron Marshall. Bridge sprinted 10 yards for a score, leaping over the goal-line.

Riders kicker Tyler Crapigna was good on two converts. A two-point convert attempt on Roosevelt’s TD failed, but was good on Bridge’s score.

Nichols completed 24 of 37 pass attempts for 282 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. Glenn was 15 of 22 for 327 yards with two TDs and two picks while Bridge was 4 of 8 for 67 yards and an interception.

Bridge, a 25-year-old in his fourth CFL season, was intercepted by cornerback Chris Randle with under five minutes left in the game.

“Shouldn’t have thrown that pick, but other than that I thought I did fairly decent for the circumstances I went in for,” said Bridge, who’s in his third year with the Riders.

The victory also gave the Bombers a 2-1 season-series win over the Riders.

Winnipeg’s 16 points is one point behind division-leader Calgary and two up on Edmonton, but the Eskimos host the Stampeders in Saturday’s late game. Winnipeg heads into its bye week.

The teams were tied 7-7 after the first quarter, but Winnipeg held leads of 29-20 at halftime and 38-28 after three quarters.

After his TD, Carter and several teammates did a dance on Winnipeg’s goal-line. In Saskatchewan’s home win last weekend, Carter celebrated a TD with fans along the back wall of the end zone and was spit on by a Bombers fan. He said prior to the rematch that he was going to avoid the end zones at Investors Group Field.

Bombers receiver Weston Dressler’s three catches for 56 yards lifted him into the CFL’s Top 25 all-time list for receiving yards. He now has 651 receptions for 9,262 yards, moving him past Jim Young (9,248).

Notes: The CFL announced next year’s CFL Week will be held in Winnipeg from March 22-25. The event features the league’s combine, a Hall of Fame gala dinner to announce inductees and numerous fan activities.



48 Comments on Banjo beat down: Bombers get revenge on Riders

  1. white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 6:42 pm //

    Great to see a veteran like Denmark do so well and reap some rewards for a long struggling franchise

  2. Better team won the battle – congrats Dan & Paul Bombers. Your D shut our O down in the second half and got the W.

    • Dan Bombers // September 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm //

      True fan you are yup appreciate that would be awesome to see you guys in the playoffs , Bombers still have to figure out those explosion plays nice seeing Kevin glen playing so well my brother wore his old Glenn jersey proud today ,big win big 2 points

      • greenrider89 // September 9, 2017 at 9:57 pm //

        Nice comment, Dan. Appreciate the sportsmanship. Real fans admit defeat. Bombers were better today.

  3. rider rooter // September 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm //

    To start off congratulations to the bomers . They played well . Hope Glen is not hurt for any length of time. In saying these things, wished the refs could get things right. There was no was interference in the end zone. The Winnipeg player tripped on the defensive back. The sask player bumped nicols face mask and they called it. On the other side of the ball glen gets hit high and low and the ball was gone no call no consistent play calling

  4. white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 6:51 pm //


    Welcome back to planet earth. It’s Saskatchewan day and the green was as sparse as the black flakes from a pepper shaker emptied across Waikiki beach.

    2 TDs on 2 broken coverages and sloppy tackling . Without doubt you have great receivers but you are all about the big play. That can’t be all you’re about .

    Score is 15-13 halfway through 2nd quater and you go for an onside kick? These are the tactics of a team not overly confident in it’s offense or team in general.
    Give Sask credit for answering the 3rd Winnipeg TD with a nice TD drive if their own.

    Saskatchewan Roughriders, Canada’s new dive team. Priceless

    Did anyone notice the quick seqway into one of the commercials at halftime? It was a camera shot of some sask players sitting at their lockers at the half with a stamps symbol on the wall above them. Visual poetry!

    Credit Carter. Very classy today and great interview at half. Keep it up

    • greenrider89 // September 9, 2017 at 10:01 pm //

      Congrats, horsee. Your second team won today (though, we know your hatred of the Riders is obviously evident). Redemption has a nice way of coming back at XXXXXX like you. Take care (you’ll need it).

  5. Prove Me Wrong // September 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm //

    Well, that was entertaining to watch. Loved the shots of Jones steaming away on the sidelines… And if Glen’s hand injury is serious… there goes the season.42

  6. white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm //

    Hopefully Glenn is ok. He is pretty resilient.

  7. ibleedgreen1111 // September 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm //

    Good slug fest in the first half. Riders faltered in the second and the Bombers took control of the game. Game swung the Bombers way on the Riders short kick off that didn’t work and the fantom pass interference call on the Riders at the end of the first half when the receiver tripped himself and it wasn’t challenged.

    Go Riders!
    Go CFL!!

    • Dan Bombers // September 9, 2017 at 7:41 pm //

      Shocked that wasn’t challenged was yelling to snap the ball horrible call

    • Johnny Blumpkin // September 11, 2017 at 10:47 am //

      Yeah, that wasn’t phantom PI in the endzone. Rodgers and Adams got tripped up and the flag was thrown for incidental PI. That’s why Jones didn’t challenge it.

  8. Congrats bombers. That was an ugly display by the Riders and worst special teams play of the season.

  9. Ya know horse…..although I don’t mind to banter with you or others I understand it’s all a part of this game of football that I absolutely love. But there comes a time when my bulls*@t meter hits red. Your pal grumblingabouteverythingsaskatchewan and you have hit the high score.

    I’ve played the game, have watched my son excel, know many CFL alumni and even a few current players. Some whose father’s have played right here for the Stamps yet their kids are now playing for a university or team in the CFL other than Calgary. Guess what…..they cheer for their own because they love the game. They may bleed Red, or Green or RedBlack but they keep it in perspective.

    Players battle on the gridiron at a young age and some of the fortunate ones who were once rivals end up playing for their Province and in some instances their Country. The once rivals are now team mates in this game they love. They all have talent and drive – this is why they play the game at a high level. None of this matters without HEART and RESPECT !

    People become passionate about this game and carry that intensity and love of the game forward to the teams they support and or eventually play for.

    Of course in order for you to comprehend any of what I have just said, you must actually know and respect the game. You must know exactly what it takes for these athletes to achieve what they have win or lose, “choke or no choke” and the journey that got them to this point.

    I know this is beyond your realm of comprehension as you sit behind your keyboard with your bag of Doritos and diet coke while hurling continuous negativity with a shallow mind and zero knowledge of the game PERIOD. Thank God for Google right ?

    I am now off my soap box and not that you ever will read or comprehend anything I have said – I implore you to learn the meaning of “Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat” before you crow adnauseam. You may get it but I highly doubt grumblingabouteverythingsaskatchewan will ever change.


    • white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm //

      We take two different approaches Yup. Mine works for me yours works for you.

    • Dan Bombers // September 9, 2017 at 8:27 pm //

      Great comment yup cheers to you

    • Your words are wasted on the 44 year old virgin. The stamp Gelding is a hateful little b*tch. Drew Edwards should do something but he won’t because he doesn’t have a pair.

    • I have no idea what this is all about. You “played”? (giggle) You know players? WOW! Do you want a cookie?

      Here’s how I will explain football to you, since, well, I’m not sure what the h*ll you’re talking about:

      During the season you play for a job; a pay cheque. Period. The better you are, the more games you play, the more $ you make. The playoffs; it gets personal and you play for pride and domination –
      there is *nothing* humble when the championship is on – only after when the cameras are on. Maybe you’re talking about some ladies football league? But I don’t eat Doritos or drink Diet Coke, so what do I know…

    • Johnny Blumpkin // September 11, 2017 at 10:51 am //

      Clearly, those Stamps fans are living for free in your head with a rant like that. Cheapest real estate in the country! The emptiest, too.

      • If you say so Johnny pumpskin. Clearly you haven’t seen the constant crap spewed by a few “stamp fans”…gets old fast

  10. BleedzGreen // September 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm //

    Not surprised with the outcome… Bombers are far too good to beat twice in a row.

    Congrats on the win.

    • They are good, but they’re not great. That said, it was an 8-9-1 team that won it all last year. Football needs to cut down the regular season and go to a best of 3 or total points in 2 playoffs (kinda like hockey), where the better team will advance and flukes like last year and the disaster this year, can be avoided.

  11. Congrats to the Bombers. Speciality teams and field position made the difference

  12. Jake E. Snake // September 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm //

    Hey Horsie, 2 straight weeks of watching real fans in Saskatchewan and Winnipeg.. McMahon would crumble and fall down with real fans like that. Guess it’s good they have Stamps fans to golf clap at their games!

  13. white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 8:40 pm //

    Most important game of the regular season to date coming up

  14. Jake E. Snake // September 9, 2017 at 8:47 pm //

    Horsie, I’m sure you will have the other dozen Stamps fans to catch you. With McMahon’s state of disrepair I’m sure it will happen soon!

  15. white stallion in red // September 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm //

    Oh! Congratulations to Bomber fans.. officially the undisputed loudest most passionate fans in the league. The first 2 test marks you were even handicapped because some fans weren’t able to get there.

  16. justforkicks // September 10, 2017 at 12:03 am //

    I was unfortunately unable to watch the whole game. Came in at a 2 point lead for the BB’s who deserve full credit for their win. Poor choice in my mind to short kick when the game is so close and then follow with that interception. Also did not like the non call in the endzone but Jones had the chance to challenge. Nonetheless what was Oshea thinking leaving his A team in to the bitter end. It would have been a shame to lose Nichols when he is on fire. Next stop Calgary and looks like they have their hands full with the Esks tonight. And the Cat won! GO CFL!

  17. pantsonfire // September 10, 2017 at 1:42 am //

    Nice speech & fully agree about the respect. Perhaps if your favourite team’s coach respected the game he wouldn’t be fined all the time. I’m curious what comments of Horsie has everyone going. Seemed pretty tame to me.

  18. Listen to the post-game radio: Edmonton and Saskatchewan are blaming everyone but themselves. Hilarious. Lose with class, Jones, Maas. And get used to it.

    • Don’t know what station your listening to in SK. I haven’t heard anything except the Riders were out played and out coached in the game.
      Stop making up BS Brad. Just like Bomber fans spitting and assaulting Mascots. You just can’t control yourself

      • He’s a goof 3rd. He references many times how his “turds have more football knowledge” etc…

        I will assume he makes that reference as he is so full of sh*t

  19. pantsonfire // September 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm //

    Surprised to hear that from you, 3rd & 1. But you’re absolutely right, the Riders were out played & out coached.

  20. Good series, wasn’t too worried when we lost the first one in Regina. Both good football teams, too bad there’s always the CFL anti Bomber bias. Watching the LDC they had the sound meter on damn near 90% of the game and all the announcers could talk about is how loud their fans are. In Winnipeg the meter clearly goes over 108 multiple times (which is a hell of a lot louder than whatever Regina had) and for some reason they say It was only 104?

    Not even gonna start complaining about refs I’ll leave that to the rider fans.

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