Phantom tackle

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

TORONTO -- The final game stats said Tom Canada didn't record a single tackle.

Somebody obviously missed something, because the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end may have had the most important tackle of all yesterday in his team's 24-17 win over the Toronto Argonauts.

'BIG HOLE, SO I SHOT IT'

The Argos were leading 7-6 late in the second quarter, and they were facing third-and-one from their own 34.

Toronto quarterback Spergon Wynn had already failed on a third-and-one sneak attempt in the first, so this time he handed off to running back Ricky Williams.

"They put a big old extra O-lineman in there, and he couldn't get down," said Canada. "There was a big hole, so I shot it. Ricky was there waiting for me."

Williams failed to get a yard, the Bombers took over and running back Charles Roberts scored two plays later to put his team up 13-7 at the half.

Bombers head coach Doug Berry said it's all about attitude when it comes to explaining why his defence has been so successful on third-and-ones early this season.

"They're pointing to the (opposing team's) sideline," said Berry, "and it's almost like they're taunting them, saying, 'Bring it on! Let me see what you got!' because we're so good at it."

Bombers slotback Milt Stegall said any time the defence wants to give prime field position to the offence, it's fine by him.

"They're doing some good things for us," said Stegall. "They're creating some good situations for our offence."


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