Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS - — Paul Friesen

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.”

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