Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Bombers, Roughriders Look to Put Controversies Aside in Banjo Bowl Rematch

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Bombers, Roughriders Look to Put Controversies Aside in Banjo Bowl Rematch

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Blue Bombers, Riders ready for Banjo Bowl


WINNIPEG - Andrew Harris sent some medical advice to one of his Saskatchewan rivals this week.

The Blue Bombers running back revealed with a grin what he messaged to a Roughriders defender ahead of Saturday's sold-out Banjo Bowl rematch in Winnipeg.

"I texted one of the guys and said, 'Make sure you get your electrolytes in,' " Harris said after Friday's walk-through.

"So hopefully they get the Pedialytes and electrolytes in and we can get our hurry-up (offence) going."

And what was the response by the unnamed Rider?

"He just gave me the big lookie eye emoji so I don't know what that means," Harris said. "He might have snitched on himself."

Last week's 38-24 win by Saskatchewan in the Labour Day Classic featured controversies on and off the field, from allegations of the home team faking injuries to Saskatchewan receiver Duron Carter saying a Bombers fan spit on him while another Winnipeg fan reportedly tried to grab Rider mascot Gainer's costume head.

Saskatchewan's defensive line had three injuries that interrupted Winnipeg's hurry-up offence.

Tackles Eddie Steele, a Winnipeg native like Harris, and Makana Henry both stopped Winnipeg's offence when they allegedly cramped up. Ese Mrabure, who was wearing a cast for a broken finger, halted play because the cast supposedly was pressing on the injury.

The players had to sit out three plays as per CFL rules, but Saskatchewan was rotating eight defensive lineman so it was suspected to be a ploy to disrupt Winnipeg's hurry-up attack.

Harris said the delays weren't to blame for Winnipeg's loss, which halted its five-game win streak (7-3) and gave the Riders their third straight victory and a 5-4 record.

The Bombers fell behind 24-3 in the first quarter as the Riders scored on their first four possessions, including a major after quarterback Matt Nichols was intercepted.

Nichols threw a pair of interceptions and completed 35 of 47 pass attempts for 364 yards and two TDs. …

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