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Blue Bombers wrap up first by blitzing Elks 48-11

Winnipeg Blue Bombers rookie Dalton Schoen caught three landing passes Saturday because the Bombers clinched first place within the CFL West Division for the second straight season with a dominating 48-11 victory over the Edmonton Elks.

Schoen has 64 receptions for 1,275 yards and 14 touchdowns in 16 video games.

“I’d have thought that was loopy,” Schoen mentioned. “It’s a testomony, although, to the teaching employees for placing collectively an incredible recreation plan, week-in, week-out. And it’s a testomony to the fellows round me.”

Schoen had a pair of 25-yard landing receptions and a 65-yard main, ending the sport with seven catches for 162 yards.

The 25-year-old native of Overland Park, Kan., additionally moved up within the CFL document ebook for many touchdowns by a rookie. His 14 TDs places him in third place. Derrell Mitchell is second for his 17 TDs in 1997 with Toronto and B.C.’s David Williams holds the document of 18 set in 1988.

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The 2-time defending Gray Cup champion Bombers improved their document to 14-2 in entrance of 27,159 followers at IG Area and earned a first-round playoff bye earlier than internet hosting the West Remaining on Nov. 13.

The loss formally eradicated the Elks (4-12) from the playoffs as a result of they’ll’t go the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-10).

“We simply bought our butts kicked, plain and easy,” mentioned Edmonton quarterback Taylor Cornelius, who was 11-of-24 passing for 137 yards and one TD to Dillon Mitchell.

“We’ve bought to be higher offensively and assist our defence out, proceed drives and keep on the sphere and never put them in these conditions.”

Bombers working again Brady Oliveira scored twice. As soon as was off a three-yard run and the opposite was the primary receiving TD of his three-year profession — a 24-yard catch from backup quarterback Dakota Prukop on a second-and-one play.

“We had it drawn up this week and it was thrilling,” Oliveira mentioned of his second-quarter TD reception.

“I had an opportunity to have my first receiving landing of my professional profession. I’ve been itching for it, I’ve been wanting it for some time. I believe the receiving recreation, my arms are one of many strengths of my recreation so I simply need to present people who I can do this.”

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Winnipeg receiver Nic Demski pulled in a 31-yard TD go from Zach Collaros on the sport’s opening drive, giving him not less than one TD in six straight video games (eight TDs throughout that span). The final Bomber to attain in six consecutive video games was working again Charles Roberts in 2006.

Demski’s 10 receiving TDs this season ties him in second place with Lions receiver Dominique Rhymes behind Schoen.

The Bombers used three quarterbacks and all of them threw TD passes.

Schoen recorded his third TD of the sport when he held on to backup quarterback Dru Brown’s 65-yard go with 3:33 left within the fourth.

Winnipeg led 14-1 after the primary quarter, 28-8 at halftime and 28-11 heading into the fourth quarter.

Collaros had a run of 10 straight completions to begin the sport earlier than feeling stress and throwing an incompletion. He accomplished 11-of-13 go makes an attempt within the first half for 193 yards, three TDs and one interception.

Winnipeg kicker Marc Liegghio booted a pair of discipline targets from 43 and 37 yards and made all six of his convert makes an attempt.

Collaros completed the sport 15-of-19 passing for 241 yards, three TDs and one decide.

“Clearly, the principle objective hasn’t been achieved but, nevertheless it’s a part of the method getting a house playoff recreation and for it to be the West Remaining is fairly massive,” Collaros mentioned.

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“I believe that’s an incredible reward for the arduous work, in addition to for our followers. Our followers had been superb tonight.”

The Elks bought their first level when Winnipeg conceded a punt single within the first quarter.

Mitchell hauled in a 59-yard TD catch at 3:05 of the second quarter. He’s gone six consecutive video games with a reception of 40-plus yards. He completed with six catches for 106 yards.

Elks kicker Sergio Castillo was good on his convert try and chipped in a 16-yard discipline objective at 7:05 of the third quarter.

Liegghio’s pair of discipline targets within the fourth quarter got here after Edmonton fumbles, one throughout a punt return and one after Cornelius was sacked.

The Canadian Press

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