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CFL: Brady Oliveira, Blue Bombers aim for encore vs. Argonauts

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Brady Oliveira made the most of his first career CFL start to pace the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a season-opening victory.

Fresh off being named a CFL Top Performer for Week 1, Oliveira and the Blue Bombers (1-0) will look to provide an encore on Friday when they host the Toronto Argonauts (1-0).

Oliveira stepped up in place of former Grey Cup MVP and three-time CFL rushing leader Andrew Harris (calf) and rushed for 126 yards in the Blue Bombers’ 19-6 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday.

“It’s great. Still, I don’t want to look too much into it,” the 23-year-old Oliveira said on Tuesday. “This is only my first game. I’ve still got lots to prove. I want to go out there each week and do my job, make my teammates proud and go in there knowing they can trust me.”

Oliveira, a Winnipeg native, may see another full workload with Harris failing to practice thus far this week due to a calf injury. Star wideout Darvin Adams missed the season opener and has yet to practice because of an ailing shoulder.

While the Blue Bombers grinded out a win in the season opener, the Argonauts took to the air to emerge victorious in their first game.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson completed 26 of 37 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns to help Toronto overcome a fourth-quarter deficit and post a 23-20 win over the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.

Boris Bede kicked a 32-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter for the Argonauts. Shaq Richardson preserved the win with an interception.

“We found out we have heart (on Saturday),” said Bethel-Thompson, who tossed scoring strikes to Juwan Brescacin and Kurleigh Gittens Jr. “We need better execution. But we’ve got some men with some big hearts.”

Bethel-Thompson passed for 731 yards and six touchdowns in a pair of games against the Blue Bombers in 2019.

Ricky Collins Jr. reeled in six passes for 126 yards in the season opener.

–Field Level Media

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