Revenge sweet for the Blue Bombers

Buck Pierce arrived in Winnipeg carrying the hopes of a fan base desperate for a top-level quarterback. Pierce certainly lived up to the lofty expectations in an impressive 49-29 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Bombers’ season opener on Friday night.

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The former B.C. Lion went 17 for 25 in throwing for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also put concerns over his concussion problems aside as he ran for 89 yards including one dazzling 30-yard scamper and a gutsy 13 yard touchdown run that had the over 26,000 strong at Canad Inns Stadium on their feet.

Perhaps most importantly, Pierce genuinely seemed to be enjoying himself out on the field after years of injury problems and disappointment out west. Fist pumps and chest bumps followed almost every big play, as the Bombers’ quest for an elite signal caller appears to be over.

Pierce did have some help along the way as Terrence Edwards tore the Ti-Cat secondary apart for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns as he channeled Bomber legend Milt Stegall who was honoured at half time. Fred Reid was also solid; rushing for 98 yards on just 13 carries.

Despite their impressive performance in producing almost 472 yards, the offense wasn’t the only story for the Bombers.

Amongst all the talk about Pierce leading up to this season, it was almost easy to forget about the defense. The Bomber “D” served up a reminder of what they can do as they turned in a solid performance as well.

The defense held Hamilton to just 205 yards of total offense while sacking Kevin Glenn 6 times and getting after him all night. They also forced 4 turnovers. Linebacker Joe Lobendahn lead the way with 8 tackles and 2 sacks while newcomer Brandon Stewart had 5 tackles from the secondary.

The Bombers will look to continue their winning ways when they host the Argonauts on Friday, July 7th right back home at Canad Inns Stadium.

July 02, 2010

Written by: Keith McCullough
Photo by: Dave Darichuk

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