Blue Bombers tame Tiger-Cats to finish Gray Cup drought

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(Information) – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ended a 29-year Gray Cup drought by beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium on Sunday to be topped Canadian Soccer League (CFL) champions.

Nov 24, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Blue Bombers extensive receiver Rasheed Bailey (88) rejoice win over Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the course of the 107th Gray Cup championship soccer sport at McMahon Stadium. Necessary Credit score: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports activities

Hometown boy Andrew Harris scored a pair of touchdowns and Justin Medlock booted six area objectives to assist in giving Winnipeg their first Gray Cup since 1990, ending the second-longest barren run in CFL historical past.

Solely the Toronto Argonauts, who went 30 years with out a championship, had gone longer with out successful the Cup.

Whereas the Blue Bombers celebrated, the dejected Tiger-Cats, who had prime common season report of 15-Three, head dwelling with their 20-year Gray Cup winless streak extending one other season.

Harris, who served a two-game suspension in the course of the season for a optimistic drug check, walked away with each essentially the most useful participant and excellent Canadian awards after operating for 134 yards on 18 carries.

The 32-year-old operating again took a second in the course of the celebrations to hit again at his critics, pointing to all of the silverware that may quickly be in his trophy case.

“These two trophies and the one behind me (Gray Cup), that’s for all of the haters who put me down, kicked me after I was down,” stated Harris, who was three-years-old the final time Winnipeg gained the Gray Cup.

“I put plenty of strain on myself on this sport and I needed to do one thing nice, be a part of one thing nice and we did it.”

The Tiger-Cats turned the ball over thrice within the opening quarter and the Blue Bombers made them pay.

After Hamilton quarterback Dane Evans fumbled deep in his personal finish Harris, the CFL’s dashing chief, rumbled the ultimate 15-yards for the landing.

Harris additionally hauled in an 18-yard move for an additional landing whereas Medlock contributed a pair of area objectives and one other level off a missed try.

The Tiger-Cats, the common season’s highest scoring staff, have been held to simply two Lirim Hajrullahu area objectives because the Bombers went into the break with a 21-6 lead.

Medlock added 4 second-half area objectives whereas the Winnipeg Blue Bombers protection did the remaining, neutralizing Hamilton’s excessive powered assault.

Hamilton managed only a single landing, Evans connecting with Bralon Addison on a four-yard strike within the third quarter.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford