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Drew Willy and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Blow Up Toronto

Marianne Helm

Mayor Sam Katz should be grateful that Drew Willy is an import. After last nights performance many a Blue Bomber fan might start a write in campaign aimed at making their new starting quarterback the Mayor of Winnipeg. Drew Willy's 308 yard and four touchdowns gave the Bombers an opening night victory over the defending Eastern Division champion Toronto Argonauts.

Passing Comp Att Yards TD Int
Drew Willy 19 27 308 4 1

New head coach Mike O'Shea's Bombers took the opening kickoff and moved the ball right down the field for an opening score. The University of Buffalo Alumni went 4-4 on the opening drive, connecting with Clarence Denmark and Nick Moore before hitting Aaron Kelly in the end zone on a perfect post pass. The 6 play 71 yard drive gave Winnipeg a lead and they never looked back.

Several minutes, and a couple of punt exchanges later Johnny Sears stripped the ball away Andre Durie at mid field and Willy went back to work. After a quick drive Drew again found Kelly, this time for a for 20 yards an 8-yard touchdown to extend the first quarter lead to 14-0.

The Bombers tacked on a field goal late in the Quarter which was set up by a 47 yard Willy pass to Cory Watson. At the end of the first quarter the 17-0 score was more than many Winnipeg fans were expecting.

Toronto tried to take advantage of the CFL's new "hurry up offense rules" but the attempt to play such a high tempo seemed to backfire. During the first Quarter the Bombers defense limited Argos star Ricky Ray to only one first down.

The Bombers extended their lead to 24-0 before Toronto managed a late first half score. At the half it was 24-7 Winnipeg. The team who won three games all last season was pounding the Argos.

In the second half the Argos found their sea legs but the deficit was too much to recover from. Even when they had opportunities to get back into the game fate, and Demond Washington, stripped the chance away.

Drew Willy's lone miscue on the game was a deep pass to Clarance Denmark that hung in the air just long enough for Toronto defensive back Brandon Underwood to intercept it. At the time the score was 31 to 14 and there was time enough in the game for the Argos to mount a comback.

One play later Toronto running back Jeremiah Johnson took a handoff up the middle but seeing that there was no hole he shifted to the outside and lost the football.  The ball was picked up by Bombers Washington and returned 37 yards for a touchdown.

Early in the fourth frame Willy threw his finished his night with a fourth touchdown pass. This time a throw to Julian Feoli-Gudino.

Next week, on Thursday, the Bombers will host CFL expansion team Ottawa as they attempt to start their season 2-0 for the first time since 2011 when the won the CFL East Division.