Payton knows opportunity to set sack mark will come

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Six short with five games to go. Winnipeg defensive end Elfrid Payton recorded his second sack of the season when the Blue Bombers beat Toronto 44-34 on Saturday giving him a career total of 151. That leaves him six shy of the CFL's all-time mark held by Grover Covington and seven short of breaking the record.

"I need to get me a three-sack game," Payton said after the Argonauts match.

The sacks have been slow coming for SWAC this year as he has become a better run-stopper and he was jobbed on a few that were negated either by penalties or forced fumbles (which count as sacks in the NFL but not the CFL). But, since he started his career in Winnipeg, Payton is anxious to at least tie the record as a Bomber and at 37 tomorrow, this could be his swan song.

"I've been giving myself a lot of opportunities," said the 14-year veteran. "I've got to keep doing what I've been doing and play within the defence and they'll come for me. They'll come.

"I was able to beat my man (against Toronto) so, if I keep giving myself opportunities, then I'm going to get some sooner or later. I haven't panicked yet."

PRAISING STODDARD: Bombers head coach Jim Daley admired slotback Jamie Stoddard even when he coached against him.

"I saw a guy who's a warrior, who competes every play, catches every ball, rarely makes a mistake that is evident to a coach coaching against him," he said. "He doesn't drop balls. He's very, very physical for a receiver. He blocks well. He gives you everything he has every play and the other night, was very, very productive with 102 yards (on five receptions). He is a complete player as a receiver. He's also a demon on special teams."

NEW SNAPPER? The Bombers are concerned about the shoulder injury to long-snapper Chris Cvetkovic and may bring in former Calgary Stampeder Michel Dupuis if Cvetkovic cannot play, said Bombers GM Brendan Taman.

MILESTONES: When RB Charles Roberts rushed for 154 yards against Toronto, he broke the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight time in his four-year CFL career, tying Willard Reaves and Jim Washington for the club mark. Only Washington did it three straight seasons ... When KR Keith Stokes returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, it marked the 10th return TD of his three-year CFL career. Stokes also moved past Roberts into fifth spot on the club's single-season punt return yardage with 798 and past Leo Lewis into 10th on the club's single-season kickoff return yardage (783).


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