Winnipeg-born players make big impact in Blue Bombers pre-season win

Dylan Schrot celebrates a touchdown as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 20-3 in CFL pre-season action. Michael Draven / Global News

Dylan Schrot’s CFL dream came true surprisingly quickly.

The Winnipeg native caught a late 48-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Bennett to seal a Blue Bombers’ 20-3 exhibition victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday.

“I’m at a loss for words right now. I can’t even really describe it,” said Schrot, a 25-year-old product of the University of Manitoba Bisons. “My first CFL catch and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life, for sure.”

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Schrot bobbled the ball as he was running into the end zone, but he hung on tight to boost Winnipeg’s lead at 12:29 of the fourth quarter.

In the second quarter, meanwhile, 21-year-old Winnipeg-born running back Brady Oliveira took a handoff and bolted up the middle for 15 yards before finally being dragged down.

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The very next play, the Oak Park High School grad sidestepped an Edmonton tackler and managed to get the ball back to the original line of scrimmage.

“Yeah, I had so much fun out there,” said Oliveira post-game. “Running down on special teams, getting in there when my number was called on offence and getting some carries and making the most of it — I think I did that and I showed what I was capable of doing.

“With the minimal amount of carries, I was able to do something. Just imagine if I had a little bit more.”

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Oliveira was also grateful to play professional football in front of his hometown.

“It was great coming out of the tunnel and seeing all the fans there and knowing there’s a lot of supporters for me in the crowd,” he said. “It really does mean a lot to me.”

The Bombers wrap up their pre-season schedule Thursday in Regina against the Roughriders, before opening up the regular season June 15 in British Columbia.

— With files from Judy Owen