Reilly throws for 465 yards and two TDs, Eskimos come back to beat Bombers 20-16

WINNIPEG -- The Edmonton Eskimos came from behind Thursday to beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 20-16 and extend their winning streak against their CFL prairie rival. It was a night filled with penalties and coaches' challenges. The first half saw two touchdowns called back, one for each team. Edmonton took eight penalties for 70 yards and Winnipeg six for 60 in the first half alone.

WINNIPEG — The Edmonton Eskimos came from behind Thursday to beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 20-16 and extend their winning streak against their CFL prairie rival.

It was a night filled with penalties and coaches’ challenges. The first half saw two touchdowns called back, one for each team. Edmonton took eight penalties for 70 yards and Winnipeg six for 60 in the first half alone.

Coming off last week’s win in Hamilton, the Bombers were trying to win two in a row for the crowd of 24,007, something they haven’t done in two years, and beat Edmonton, which they haven’t managed in four.

Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly threw for 465 yards and connected for two touchdowns, and kicker Sean Whyte added two field goals.

Winnipeg’s Drew Willy threw for one touchdown and kicker Jason Medlock added three field goals

Medlock started things off for Winnipeg at 3:48 in the first quarter with a 43-yarder.

The Bombers thought they had their first touchdown on Kevin Fogg’s 72-yard runback early in the second but an illegal block from Bomber defensive end Shayon Green, well behind the play, got it called back.

Wide receiver Rory Kohlert erased the pain a few minutes later with a 20-yard catch that put the Bombers ahead 10-0.

Later in the half, Reilly finally connected with a 60-yard throw to Adarius Bowman that set up what looked like an 11-yard touchdown throw to Cory Watson, only to have it called back on a penalty.

Edmonton also gambled on a third and seven and lost, turning the ball over just inside Winnipeg territory, but the Bombers did nothing with the opportunity.

The Eskimos had to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Whyte at the 11:15 mark to make it 10-3 but less than two minutes later Medlock kicked a 38-yarder to make it 13-3.

As the half ended the Eskimos were faced with a third-and-goal option and this time Reilly connected with a two-yard throw to Watson to narrow the gap to 13-10 with seconds on the clock.

Reilly was the more effective pivot connecting with 21-of-26 throws for 247 yards in the first half. Willy was 10-of-15 passing for 122.

The game seemed to settle down in the second half until Winnipeg coach Mike O’Shea challenged a call the officials ruled wasn’t challengeable, moving the ball 10 yards closer for Whyte’s 29-yard field goal to tie the game 13-13 at 9:48 of the third.

A few plays later, an Edmonton fumble recovered by defensive tackle Jake Thomas handed the ball to Winnipeg deep in Edmonton territory, only to have Willy throw an interception.

Reilly threw what looked like an interception on Edmonton’s possession, although the officials ruled defensive back Julian Posey was out of bounds. O’Shea won this challenge and the Bombers took over again with just over a minute on the clock on Edmonton’s 23-yard line.

The Bombers settled for a 29-yard field goal to take the lead again as the quarter ended but then Reilly connected with Dorrel Walker just 29 seconds into the fourth for a 73-yard touchdown to move ahead 20-16.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lyn Radford, 2019 Canada Winter Games board chair, was named 2020 Sport Event Volunteer of the Year at the Prestige Awards. (File photo by Advocate staff)
WATCH: Lyn Radford wins award for volunteer efforts

The board chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Red Deer dips below 300 active COVID-19 cases

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Red Deer continued to drop… Continue reading

A candlelight vigil will be held in Red Deer on Thursday to honour the 350-plus people killed in the Easter bombing attack in Sri Lanka. Contributed photo
Candlelight vigil planned for deaths linked to Olymel COVID-19 outbreak

A candlelight vigil is being planned for those who died due to… Continue reading

Red Deer Rebels forward Jaxsen Wiebe battles Calgary Hitmen forward Cael Zimmerman for a loose puck when the two teams squared off in February last season. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Calgary Hitmen shutout Red Deer Rebels

Rebels name centre Jayden Grubbe team captain ahead of Friday’s game

Bryson, six, and Mara, eight, play with puppies from Dogs With Wings Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
WATCH: Dogs With Wings introduces Red Deer program

A program that trains puppies to be certified service, autism, facility and… Continue reading

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Funeral for Walter Gretzky to be held Saturday in home town of Brantford, Ont.

The funeral for hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s father Walter will take place… Continue reading

A sign for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service building is shown in Ottawa on May 14, 2013. A newly released audit report shows that difficulties with the judicial warrant process at Canada's spy agency — an issue that made headlines last summer — stretch back at least nine years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Spy warrant shortcomings stretch back almost a decade, newly released audit shows

OTTAWA — A newly released audit report shows that difficulties with the… Continue reading

In this file photo, a lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018. (By THE CANADIAN PRESS)
No winning ticket for Friday night’s Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the estimated $29 million… Continue reading

A trial countdown sign marks the days at George Floyd Square, March 4, 2021, in Minneapolis. Ten months after police officers brushed off George Floyd's moans for help on the street outside a south Minneapolis grocery, the square remains a makeshift memorial for Floyd who died at the hand of police making an arrest. The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will begin with jury selection on March 8. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Officer’s trial could reopen intersection where Floyd died

MINNEAPOLIS — During a group’s recent meeting at the now-vacant Speedway gas… Continue reading

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2020 file photo Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell calls for an end to violence in the city during a news conference a day after a demonstrator was shot and killed in downtown Portland. Amid protests following the police killing of George Floyd last year Portland dissolved a special police unit designed to focus on gun violence. Critics say the squad unfairly targeted Black people, but gun violence and homicides have since spiked in Oregon's largest city, and some say disbanding the 35-officer unit was a mistake. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP, File)
As violence surges, some question Portland axing police unit

PORTLAND, Ore. — Elmer Yarborough got a terrifying call from his sister:… Continue reading

Harley Hay
Harley Hay: Just don’t call it cod liver oil

Many people swear that a daily dose of various vitamins is an… Continue reading

Email editor@auburn-reporter.com
Letter: Preserving green spaces in Red Deer

The Advocate published an article Feb. 11 about Sunnybrook residents concerned about… Continue reading

Former Toronto Argonauts lineman Chris Schultz remembered as a gentle giant

Former Toronto Argonauts lineman Chris Schultz remembered as a gentle giant

Most Read