Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bombers Host Redblacks Looking to Lock Up Home Field for West Semifinal

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bombers Host Redblacks Looking to Lock Up Home Field for West Semifinal

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Bombers looking to lock up home playoff game


WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have locked down their first playoff spot since 2011. Now they're looking to bring their first playoff game ever to Investors Group field.

Winnipeg's home since 2013, Investors Group Field hosted the 2015 Grey Cup, but the Bombers (10-6) didn't play.

A win against the Ottawa Redblacks (7-8-1) on Saturday would help secure home-field advantage in the CFL West semifinal against the B.C. Lions (10-6). B.C. has to do its part by losing to Saskatchewan later Sunday.

Clarence Denmark, the Bombers' touchdown leader since his return to a team that didn't want him at the end of 2015, is the last man standing from Winnipeg's last winning season in 2011. The Bombers lost the Grey Cup that year in Vancouver to the Lions.

"Feels good, it dates me a little bit, but it's good," he said with a grin after the team's foggy pre-game walkthrough Friday.

"Just like I said, winning is everything and I'm just happy we're winning again."

The Bombers plucked Denmark off his couch to fill a gap left by injuries after he was released by Saskatchewan following training camp.

The unassuming former CFL all-star, a huge part of Winnipeg's comeback since they dumped quarterback Drew Willy for Matt Nichols, is second with 647 receiving yards in just nine games and a team-leading eight touchdowns.

"It's always fun to win but it's a blessing just to be playing pro football anywhere."

The Bombers are getting more top talent back this week in wide receiver Darvin Adams, the team's leader when he went down with an arm injury late in July.

Winnipeg will have all three of its top receivers on the field for Saturday's game with Weston Dressler in the other slotback position opposite Denmark.

Defensive tackle Keith Shologan will be lining up for the Bombers against the team he helped send to last year's Grey Cup, although Ottawa lost to Edmonton in Winnipeg.

"It's always fun to play against old teammates," said the Alberta native. …

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