Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quinn Van Gylswyk Kicks Late Field Goal as Riders Tie Bombers 25-25

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quinn Van Gylswyk Kicks Late Field Goal as Riders Tie Bombers 25-25

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Bombers, Riders settle for tie in CFL pre-season


REGINA - Despite wearing different coloured jerseys, Brandon Bridge and Dan Lefevour have a lot in common these days.

Bridge is vying for the back-up quarterback job with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, while Lefevour is battling for the same gig with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Both have CFL experience and both made strong cases on Saturday to solidify themselves within their respective depth charts after a 25-25 pre-season tie at new Mosaic Stadium.

"I wanted to show consistency and show that I know where to go with the ball and show that I'm ready to lead this offence," Bridge said after the game in which he completed 20-of-26 pass attempts for 201 yards and one touchdown.

Bridge spent time with the Riders in 2016 and received an opportunity late in the season to showcase his skillset. In the regular season finale against the B.C. Lions, Bridge threw for 120 yards and rushed for a touchdown in limited action.

He impressed the Riders' coaching staff then, and he did again on Saturday.

"You evaluate what you see at practice, but when the lights come on that's when the true evaluations are made," head coach Chris Jones said. "That's two times where Brandon Bridge has had an opportunity to play with our offence -- last year in B.C. he played very well for a quarter. Brandon did a very good job and scored some touchdowns.

"Here was another opportunity on a big stage, opening the new stadium, where he played very well."

It was Bridge who guided the Riders to a 13-3 lead the halftime. He connected with Duron Carter on a seven-yard touchdown for the first score at the new home of the Riders. But it was Bridge's counterpart, Lefevour who rallied the Blue Bombers in the fourth quarter.

In limited action, Lefevour completed 7-of-9 passes for 88 yards and pair of late touchdowns, the second of which pulled Winnipeg ahead 25-22 with less than two minutes remaining in the contest.

Lefevour connected with Ryan Lankford for his first major and later with Justice Liggins to push the Bombers ahead.

"Dan had a spark and he certainly moved the offence and created some points for us," said Winnipeg head coach Mike O'Shea. …

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