With a ticket to the playoffs in their pocket, the Montreal Alloys got a chance to prove their worth on Saturday night with the Blue Bombers, the best team in the Canadian Football League. In Winnipeg, the Sparrows fought hard and lost 31-21.
The challenge is huge as the Manitoba delegates have suffered just one defeat this season and allowed more than 20 points on just two occasions.
Against the Allies, the Bombers scored seven points each quarter. Pivot Jack Collaros started the feud with Nick Demsky, who traveled 15 yards into the end zone.
Visitors responded by forcing hesitation. Recovering the ball, Jamal Davis ran the remaining 19 yards to record his second major of the junior season.
The Aloyts also took the lead in the middle of the third quarter, but Kollaros was caught by Drew Volitarsky in the pay zone, after which Sean McGuire sneaked in at the goal gate to give Winnipeg a decent lead.
Sergio Castillo has converted three of his four field goal attempts.
Veteran Trevor Harris began his first career in aloes uniform. He got 25 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, 14 of which were successful. The 35-year-old reserved these for Jake Weinke and Reggie White Jr.
Harris also threw two obstacles.
William Stanbach has his sixth game of the season with over 100 running yards. He thus surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in 2021.
This time the two teams will meet again next Saturday at Percival-Molson Stadium.