Bombers starting quarterback Zach Collaros was hit in the head with less than two minutes left while trailing by a single point. Injury spotters removed him from the game, but backup QB Dru Brown completed three consecutive passes to get them in striking range. And Marc Liegghio hit a 25-yard field goal to give the back-to-back champs the victory to start off their quest for the three-peat.
The Bombers offence struggled at times to move the chains, while the secondary was giving up big chunks of real estate. The offence went 2-and-out in a stretch of five of their six possessions in the second and third quarters.
After not taking a single snap in the pre-season, Collaros completed 18 of his 26 passes for just 188 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, while Redblacks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli passed for 380 yards.
Replacing the now departed Andrew Harris, the Bombers new starting running back, Brady Oliveira, made his mark in the first quarter. He took a toss from Collaros before sprinting 24 yards down to the RedBlacks three-yard line.