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Blue Bombers Beat Elks 26-16 And Lock Up Playoff Spot

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers traveled to Edmonton in Week 11 for their last of 3 matchups with the Elks this season. The Bombers would win the game with a final score of 26-16, locking up a playoff spot in the process.

While they did lose the game, the Elks put up more of a fight this time around than in their previous 2 meetings. Taylor Cornelius was named the starting quarterback for the Elks early in the week, with Trevor Harris being benched and listed as a healthy scratch for this game. Cornelius started the first matchup between these teams in Week 7 but was starting in place of an injured Trevor Harris at the time.

Winnipeg took a significant loss in the 1st half of the game when their leading rusher, running back Andrew Harris, left the game with an injury following a short touchdown grab. Harris would change out of Pads at halftime and remain out the entire 2nd half.

While the Bombers have looked great this season, Kicking has been an issue for the team at times. However, Kicker Ali Mourtada had a solid game. He’d make 4 of 5 field goals on the day, his longest being from 43 yards and missing 1 from 44 yards.

While the Bombers came out with the win, Edmonton did not make things easy for them. The game went into the 4th quarter with a score of 16-16, but the Elks couldn’t get any more points on the board due to the Bombers’ stout defense. Winnipeg would hold Edmonton scoreless in the 4th quarter while their offense would score 10 more points to take the lead and seal the game.

Notable Statlines

Blue Bombers:

  • Offense
    • QB – Zach Collaros – 15/24 – (62.5% comp) – 210 Yds – 2 TDs – 1 Int
    • RB – Brady Oliveira – 16 Car – 105 Yds – Avg 6.6 YPC – Longest 18 Yds
    • RB – Andrew Harris – 6 Car – 39 Yds – Avg 6.5 YPC – Longest 9 Yds / 1 Rec – 5 Yds – 1 TD
    • WR – Rasheed Bailey – 6 Rec – 93 Yds – 1 TD – 38 YAC – Avg 15.5 YPC – Longest 48 Yds
    • WR – Kenny Lawler – 3 Rec – 82 Yds – 0 TD – 16 YAC – Avg 27.3 YPC – Longest 47 Yds
  • Defense
    • LB – Adam Bighill – 6 Total Tackles – 1 Sack
    • DL – Willie Jefferson – 2 Total Tackles – 1 Sack
    • DE – Jackson Jeffcoat – 2 Total Tackles – Sack
    • DL – Steven Richarson – 1 Total Tackle – 1 Sack
    • DB – Nick Hallett – 2 Special Teams Tackles – 1 Forced Fumble
    • DB – Noah Hallett – 1 Fumble Recovery
  • Special Teams
    • K – Ali Mourtada – 4/5 FGs – Longest 43 Yds – Miss 44 Yds

Elks:

  • Offense
    • QB – Taylor Cornelius – 17/29 (58.6% comp) -187 Yds – 1 TD – 0 Int – Longest 36 Yds / 4 Car – 19 Yds
    • RB – James Wilder Jr – 11 Car – 44 Yds – Avg 4.8 YPC – Longest 14 Yds
    • WR – Greg Ellingson – 3 Rec – 67 Yds – 0 TD – 21 YAC – Avg 22.3 YPC – Longest 36 Yds
    • WR – Derel Walker – 4 Rec – 34 Yds – 0 TD – 23 YAC – Avg 8.5 Yds – Longest 11 Yds
    • WR – Shai Ross- 1 Rec – 11 Yds – 1 TD – 11 YAC – Avg 11 Yds – Longest 11 Yds
  • Defense
    • LB – Nyles Morgan – 8 Total Tackles
    • LB – Keishawn Bierria – 6 Total Tackles – 1 Sack
    • DL – Thomas Costigan – 5 Total Tackles – 1 Sack
    • LB – Derrick Moncrief – 5 total Tackles – 1 Sack
    • DL – Christian Rector – 4 total Tackles – 1 Sack
    • DB – Trumaine Washington – 4 Total Tackles – 1 Interception
  • Special Teams
    • K – Sean Whyte – 2/2 FGs – Longest 34 Yds

Next Opponents

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will host the BC Lions in Week 12 on Saturday, October 23rd at 4 pm PST.

The Edmonton Elks will have a Week 12 bye, followed by a Week 13 matchup against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Edmonton on Friday, October 29th at 6:45 pm PST.

Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor at XFL News Hub & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, CFL, TSL, and ELF since August of 2020.

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