RedBlacks put up points early before losing first game

RedBlacks quarterback Henry Burris speaks with Marcus Henry following a touchdown during CFL action...

RedBlacks quarterback Henry Burris speaks with Marcus Henry following a touchdown during CFL action against the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg on Thursday, July 3, 2014. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 AM ET

WINNIPEG - While wispy clouds dotted a blue sky which turned into darkness, the Ottawa RedBlacks rode their way into history Thursday night.

Almost. Could have/should have. Yep, they could have won the first game in franchise history. But they'll need to build off rather than dwell on it.

In front of 27,553 witnesses at Investors Group Field, with a 36-28 loss against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the team that many outsiders dismiss as being "an expansion team" hopes to put to bed any notions that they're a bunch of rejects and leftovers.

It came right down to the final three minutes. A Nic Grigsby scoot around the right end into the end zone sealed the deal. A Liam Hajrullahu field goal was icing on the cake.

"We let one get away. We found ways to give it to them," said RedBlacks quarterback Henry Burris, his voice hoarse after completing 17-of-30 passess for 241 yards, many of those in the first half.


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