Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hold off Montreal Alouettes for 25-23 Victory

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hold off Montreal Alouettes for 25-23 Victory

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Bombers hold off Als for 25-23 victory


WINNIPEG - Defensive back Teague Sherman looked more like a sprinter Friday night.

Sherman scored a touchdown off a blocked punt as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers held on to defeat the Montreal Alouettes 25-23.

Bombers defensive back Lin-J Shell started the play by blocking Alouettes kicker Boris Bede late in the second quarter and Sherman pounced on the ball in the end zone to give Winnipeg a 19-10 halftime lead.

"I won the race," said Sherman, an Edmonton native in his third season with the Bombers. "There was a few of us, but I won the race. I think my speed increased incredibly as soon as I saw the ball out there. I wanted to try to get there first.

"It was awesome. I've got to give full credit to Lin-J Shell. It was all him. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time."

The University of Manitoba product wasn't the only Bomber in the right place at the right time.

Rookie cornerback Johnny Adams grabbed one of two interceptions thrown by rookie Rakeem Cato, stepping in front of intended receiver S.J. Green and running 40 yards for his major in the second quarter.

He also shared the limelight with the defensive line.

"They pressured (Cato) and I just helped out and did my part on the defence," said Adams.

Bombers quarterback Drew Willy showed no ill effects from taking a helmet-to-helmet hit in last week's loss to Hamilton, a smack that made him miss three quarters of the game.

Willy completed 20-of-29 pass attempts for 251 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran three times for 28 yards.

Lirim Hajrullahu booted four field goals in a contest that left the Alouettes (1-2) trying for a late comeback.

Winnipeg (2-1) held a 22-13 lead going into the fourth quarter, but Montreal running back Tyrell Sutton ran eight yards for his second touchdown of the game 55 seconds in to start closing the gap. …

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