Revamped receiving corps earns rave reviews

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

For at least one week, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers second major makeover is a resounding success.

After overhauling the offensive line to positive reviews last month, the revamped receiving corps came up big in a 44-14 triumph over the Hamilton Tiger Cats before a crowd of 24,326 last night at Canad Inns Stadium.

Blue Bombers starting quarterback Kevin Glenn had an outstanding night, completing 18 of 28 passes for 374 yards and three touchdowns, with only one interception.

Sure-handed Jamie Stoddard set the tone by catching a 13-yard pass on the Blue Bombers first offensive play from scrimmage.

Non-import wideout Gilles Colon, making his first offensive start of the season, got the Blue Bombers on the board with a 10-yard touchdown strike on the first play of the second quarter.

FIRST TOUCHDOWN

It was the first touchdown of Colon's professional career and gave the Blue Bombers a lead they would not relinquish.

Newcomer Chris Brazzell, acquired from the Tiger-Cats on Monday for Kamau Peterson, started at wide receiver and received a thunderous roar as he registered his first catch with the Blue and Gold.

Unfortunately for Brazzell, the next pass attempt that came his way was dropped. There were no boos from the hometown faithful, but somewhere down on the sideline you got the impression that Peterson might be smiling.

But Brazzell regrouped with a 27-yard gain that set up the Blue Bombers third major.

Scatback Charles Roberts was a beneficiary of the new receiving corps as he scampered for three touchdowns and 99 yards on 18 carries.

Slotback Milt Stegall put an exclamation point on the effort by hauling in a 35-yard touchdown reception with 2:48 left in the third quarter.

Earlier in the week, Daley talked about using return man Keith Stokes more as a receiver because of his ability to create yardage after the catch.

That turned out to a prophetic statement as Stokes was a consistent threat throughout the night and provided a nice spark to the offence with five catches for 139 yards, highlighted by a 68-yard catch-and-run for the Blue Bombers third touchdown reception.

Peterson, meanwhile, was greeted by a chorus of boos when he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from former Blue Bombers quarterback Khari Jones early in the fourth quarter.


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