While the praise for the Blue Bombers suffocating defence was understandable, Winnipeg’s offence played mostly mistake-free football and had a significant role in their 45-0 triumph over the B.C. Lions Saturday night.

While the praise for the Blue Bombers suffocating defence was understandable, Winnipeg’s offence played mostly mistake-free football and had a significant role in their 45-0 triumph over the B.C. Lions Saturday night.

Tailbacks Johnny Augustine and Brady Oliveira, subbing for an injured Andrew Harris, rushed for 73 and 65 yards, respectively, and quarterback Zach Collaros completed 16 of 20 passes for 267 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

All five starting receivers caught balls, led by wideout Darvin Adams who gathered in four receptions for 93 yards, including a 52-yard gallop in the first quarter in which he almost broke free of the B.C. defence if not for a touchdown-saving tackle by ex-teammate Marcus Sayles.

Nic Demski added five catches for 66 yards and established a career high for yards with 592 in nine games, eclipsing the 554 yards he amassed on 59 catches in 17 games in 2018.

Demski is also averaging a career-best 15.2 yards on his 39 receptions.

"It’s awesome to play with those guys and you know it’s hard to double-team one person," said Adams, and eight-year CFL veteran who had his biggest output of the 2021 season and now has 366 yards on 23 receptions in 2021. "We’ve got a lot of guys who make plays and we all make plays."

Collaros expertly distributed the ball, keeping B.C. defenders off balance for much of the game and effectively mixing the pass and run.

"I think that’s testament to Buck and the coaching staff and how they install plays each week," said Collaros. "Everyone is getting opportunities, either one or two in the progression.

"And it’s a testament to the receiving corps — I say this every week multiple times but they’re a group that works hard and they play for each other. They’re unselfish. They don’t care to gets all catches one game and who has to do a lot of the nitty gritty stuff the next game. I love those guys, you know. We’re going to continue to get better together and happy that everybody got some touches tonight."

Adams’ previous season best was a 60-yard effort in the Labour Day Classic. 

"It was a nice plan by Buck and the guys executed very well," said O’Shea. "It’s nice to see Darvin get going (and) get some balls and both tailbacks did a nice job."

Collaros wasn’t focused on keeping Adams busy.  

"I don’t think that anybody’s been worried about Darvin and I think Darvin hasn’t been really worried about it and I certainly haven’t," said Collaros. "I know what kind of receiver he is. I know what kind of playmaker he is and what kind of teammate he is.

"Like I said earlier in the week, (with the) game on the line, you know where the ball is going — it’s going to Darvin. So it’s I guess it’s nice to for him to get some statistics but I trust that guy. I’ve played a lot of football with him and I’ve watched a lot of the things and guys love him. Guys trust him and when there’s a dogfight out there, that’s a guy you want in a corner duty."

Adams said it was a game in which all three phases of Winnipeg’s game were operating at a high level.

"Obviously we’ve got to watch film but I think we did a great job of just playing complimentary football — defence helping the offence, offence helping the defence and special teams helping everybody," said Adams.

mike.sawatzky@freepress.mb.ca

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