TRENCH WAR WILL BE INTENSE
REGINA — There are two things Blue Bomber lineman Jermarcus Hardrick has learned about playoff football the last couple of years.
One is the magnified importance of every play, and how you never know which one could change the game.
The other is the magnified intensity.
“It don’t matter if you’ve played a guy 10 times,” Hardrick said. “That’s not the same guy you’re getting in the playoffs.”
The Bombers and Riders meet two or three times a season, so Winnipeg’s decorated O-linemen – three of them were West all-stars this season – know all about Saskatchewan’s two all-star defensive ends, Charleston Hughes and Willie Jefferson.
Hardrick doesn’t disagree with the suggestion that’s where Sunday’s West semifinal will be won or lost.
“Absolutely,” he said. “There’s no hiding, either. They’re on the edge, we’re on the edge. It’s going to be a game in the trenches.
“I don’t know how it’s gonna look. Don’t care how it looks. We just want to go 1-0.”