Glenn leads Ticats to first victory

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:14 AM ET

HAMILTON — Kevin Glenn deserved better a week ago.

Friday night he got a little payback in a 28-7 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Glenn was a one-man Blue Bombers killer, although there was no way he was going to take any more credit than any one of his teammates for last night’s 28-21 win.

“Everyone knew we needed to get his win,” Glenn said. “Everyone took last week’s (loss) personal and we played well in all three phases.”

All of which is true but no one outside of Glenn last night was perfect for the first quarter and a half of the game.

Glenn, and what is quickly becoming the deepest corps of receivers in the league, successfully hooked up 14 consecutive times from the opening drive until the 11:39 mark of the second quarter before a pass missed its target.

To that point, Glenn involved six different receivers leaving the Bombers unsure where to focus their coverage.

“The thing that he did really well tonight was he trusted his read progression,” head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said.

“He saw the field. If his first read pre-snap was (covered) he got right off it to where he was supposed to be. That’s why the ball got to so many receivers.”

Dave Stala was clearly the class of the Ticats receiving corps last night hauling in a game-high nine passes for 124 yards.

But as soon as the Bombers started paying too much attention to Stala, Glenn would zero in on Maurice Mann who hauled in a pair of touchdowns in just his second game as a Ticat.

“I just had to get out there and shake the rust off,” said Mann who sat out the season opener in Winnipeg still coming back from a strained knee. “It was a good four weeks that I was just sitting around watching the game.”

Having started the season 0-2, a win of any kind would have sufficed in Hamilton last night where the faithful were getting a little desperate, but the thoroughness of the victory just made things that much better.

Glenn finished the night good on 29-of-36 for 336 yards including three touchdowns. His 14-for-14 start was announced as the sixth longest successful passing streak in CFL history.

The record is held by Edmonton quarterback Jason Maas who went 22-for-22 in a game against these same Bombers in 2008.

Outside of the halftime show that included some guy eating a 72-ounce steak in under seven minutes for a supposed world record, Glenn was easily the most impressive thing on the field, but there was plenty more for Bellefeuille to feel good about.

His running game made huge strides after being stuck in neutral the first two weeks. DeAndra Cobb, after a pair of sub-par games started getting into open space and making people miss like he did a year ago.

Still not getting a feel for his new Hamilton home is placekicker Sandro DeAngelis who missed field goal attempts of 40 and 42 yards and has now been good on just two of his six attempts in the Hammer.

Bellefeuille maintains there is no reason to be concerned.

“I trust him and I believe in him,’ Bellefeuille said. “I’d rather he struggle now than in October. By all means get it out of your system and work through what you have to work through.”

mike.ganter@sunmedia.ca


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