Replacement DBs hold their own in tough spot

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

Losing two members of your secondary can be a scary proposition in the CFL.

Not for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, apparently.

Cornerback Stanford Samuels (ankle) and halfback Anthony Malbrough (knee) both missed last night's clash with the Toronto Argonauts, but their replacements, Gabriel Fulbright and Robert Bean, were hardly to blame for Winnipeg's 18-15 loss.

Toronto quarterback Damon Allen had just 60 passing yards in the first half, and, despite finishing with 277 overall, Bean and Fulbright performed admirably.

Bean spent much of the night covering Argos No. 1 receiver Arland Bruce III, but the former Bomber didn't make his first catch of the night until late in the third quarter.

The only time Allen had any big success was on a 73-yard touchdown bomb to R. Jay Soward early in the fourth quarter, but that came at the expense of veteran cornerback Omar Evans.

FIRED UP: Bombers kick returner Albert Johnson III returned a Noel Prefontaine kickoff 62 yards early in the fourth quarter, but he got a little excited afterwards.

As he was celebrating the return, he veered toward the Argos bench but was stopped by Toronto's assistant equipment manager Tom Bryce.

Johnson grabbed Bryce and shoved him back a few feet, got a 15-yard taunting penalty and was promptly berated by Bombers head coach Doug Berry when he got to the sideline.

The Bombers led 18-10 at the time, and on their ensuing drive they decided not to kick a field goal and failed to convert a third-and-one attempt from the Toronto 37.

WHAT A COINCIDENCE: Bombers PK Troy Westwood hit the right post on a 42-yard field goal attempt midway through the third quarter, and Argos PK Noel Prefontaine hit almost the exact the same spot on a 42-yard attempt early in the fourth.

SHORT STAY: Bombers left guard Matt Sheridan returned last night from a groin pull that forced him to miss four games, but he lasted only 11 plays before aggravating the injury.

Val St. Germain moved from right guard to left guard, while Aaron Fiacconi entered the game and played in St. Germain's right guard spot.

LATE HITS: Since 2000, the Bombers are 2-10 when SB Milt Stegall doesn't play ... SB Kwame Cavil, who was making his Bomber debut last night, got hurt in the third quarter and didn't return ... Danny Barrett is still the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but B.C. Lions defensive co-ordinator Dave Ritchie sounds as if he'd be interested if the job came open. "If (the Riders) want to talk to me after the season's over, I'll definitely listen," the former Bombers head coach told the Vancouver Sun this week.


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