The Manitoba Bisons took full advantage of a sloppy Saskatchewan Huskies squad and made them pay Friday night. The U of M football team recorded a pair of interceptions and two fumble recoveries in the first half alone, scoring on each ensuing possession and eventually chalking up an eventual 43-19 victory over the Huskies in their Canada West conference season-opener.
Quarterback Des Catellier and receiver Macho Bockru definitely showed some early mojo, connecting for three touchdowns, while running back Michael Ritchott raced 58 yards for a TD. Bisons kicker Matt Riley was a story on his own, drilling five field goals on five attempts, none shorter than 34 yards out.
Manitoba visits Calgary to face the Dinos next Friday.
In other gridiron action this weekend, the Bombers head to Regina for the annual Labour Day Classic vs the Roughriders on Sunday.
Jeff Hamilton and Taylor Allen were at the team's practice on Friday and Jeff will have his 5 Storylines heading into the game and Taylor has a yarn on Willie Jefferson's return to Mosaic Field.
Jeff will hit the highway today and file reports on the weekend, including a wrap from the game.
We have no paper folks on Monday, so look for his stories at winnipegfreepress.com
It's the last long weekend of the summer, so enjoy folks!
— Sports editor Steve Lyons
- Bisons tee off on turnovers: Herd crushes Huskies to take season opener at IG Field
- Jeff Hamilton: Five storylines to watch in the Labour Day Classic
- It's complicated: Bombers' Willie Jefferson expecting love/hate welcome in Regina
- Ready for the grind: Winnipeg Ice prized prospect Carson Lambos set for full-time WHL play
What we're reading
- Year of redemption: Sportsnet's Luke Fox writes about why Devils’ Wayne Simmonds is betting on himself
- Cathal Kelly: Connor McDavid does not look, sound or feel like a man who enjoys his work (Globe and Mail)
- Super couple: ESPN's Emily Kaplan tells the story of how Jacob Trouba and Kelly Tyson balance their ambitions
- Off the court: Kobe Bryant on Tennis, Storytelling and Life After Basketball (Sports Illustrated)
In case you missed it
- Battling back: Winnipeg Ice captain 'punching forward' in return from Achilles injury
- Jeff Hamilton: Andrew Harris hoping to restore his reputation
- Sent packing: Bombers deem receiver Matthews expendable
- Play ball: The Winnipeg Goldeyes continue their season-closing homestand tonight when they play the Sioux Falls Canaries. The teams play again Sunday and Monday to wrap up the campaign.
- Special spike: The NORCECA men's continental volleyball championship gets underway Monday at the U of W. The top three teams from this tournament will earn the chance to play at the NORCECA Olympic qualifier in January 2020 for a berth in the Olympic Games next summer in Tokyo, Japan. Canada plays Suriname on Monday at 8 pm.
- Pitch play: Valour FC look to win their third straight home game on Monday when they host Calvary FC. Game time is 2:30 pm at IG Field.